2 Days Hangzhou Excellent Gourmet Tour

Authentic Hangzhou Tastes

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Hangzhou Cuisine is one of the most popular Chinese cuisines in China. It features in a delicate, appetizing and refreshing taste, and Hangzhou is the paradise for every foodie. So don't lose the chance to try authentic Hangzhou foods and snacks while visiting the beautiful West Lake, exploring tea culture, etc.

Highlights of this tour

  • Take visits to the most popular attractions in Hangzhou, including West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well Tea Plantation, etc;
  • Take a wonderful lunch in the famous Louwailou Restaurant, and hunt for local snacks at Hefang Street;
  • Learn about authentic local food culture and history in China Hangzhou Cuisine Museum.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Hangzhou
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
Tour Code:
CD-HZGT-02
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Hangzhou

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In the early morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby or railway station, and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Firstly, spend the peaceful and less-crowded morning time to visit the iconic and World Heritage site of Hangzhou – the picturesque West Lake. Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo did and wrote: “A voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and pleasure than any other experience on earth”, you will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens. After the cruise, disembark the lake shore to stroll leisurely on the famous Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, and explore the poetic sites around, such as Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, etc.

After the West Lake visit, it is time to feast your month. You will go to have lunch in the most famous restaurant of Hangzhou Cuisine - Louwailou. It is also the place where the First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan, gave a banquet to welcome wifes of presidents who attented the G20 Summit in September, 2016. Don't miss its specialties - West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea and Dongpo Pork.

After lunch, move on to next site – Lingyin Temple, about 3km west away from the West Lake. With a history of nearly 1700 year, Lingyin Temple is hidden in the luxurious forest, and offers charming and peaceful landscape and impressive Buddhist culture. Next, extend your visit to the adjacent Feilai Peak, also known as Peak Flying from Afar, which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in uncountable Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. 

Lastly, go to hunt for some local authentic snacks at the famous Hefang Street, such as xī hú ǒu fěn(西湖藕粉), māo ěr duō(猫耳朵), yóu duō ěr(油多儿), etc. This street is also a great place to take a leisure stroll to appreciate ornate Chinese architectures and experience local custom. Extend your food adventure to the Imperial Thoroughfare of Southern Song Dynasty which is also full of local delicious foods.

Optional evening activity: 1) watch a magnificent night show - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, a live performance with changing lights, music and dancing on the West Lake, which usually starts at 7pm; Notice: the Impression West Lake would be unavailable during December 17, 2018 to the early-March, 2019 for the cold winter in Hangzhou. 2) feast your eyes to enjoy an amazing Music fountain show at Third Park , near the eastern lakeside of West Lake.

Beautiful West Lake - BridgeLingyin TempleHefang StreetDongpo Pork
Day 2 Hangzhou & Hangzhou Departure (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will drive about 20 minutes to Six Harmonies Pagoda to see the masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture. Climbing onto the top, you could have a spectacular view of Qiantang River and surrounding hills.

Leave Six Harmonies Pagoda, and go to take an interesting visit to China Hangzhou Cuisine Museum which was established to preserve traditional cooking heritage and inspire yong generation to cook dishes, also represents the uniqueness of Hangzhou Cuisine to the entire world.  Here in the museum, you will see hundreds of life-sized models of appealing food, including Buddhist vegetarian dishes, snacks eaten by canal-dwellers in the Middle Ages, and the delicate sweet pastries made in Hangzhou during the Song Dynasty, 800 years ago. The museum also run cooking classes for local people, street food fairs and special days for children to learn how to make tofu, cure ducks and pickle vegetables. (currently the cooking class is not available for foreign travelers). Month watering? Don't panic, because just beyond the galleries there's a huge restaurant serving many of the classic dishes from the exhibition.

After lunch at the cuisine museum, be escorted to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Six Harmonies PagodaHangzhou Cuisine Museum

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