3 Days Classic Hangzhou Tour Plus Tea Plantation Exploration

Unique Hangzhou Exploration

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Get ready to explore Hangzhou - “City of heaven, the most magnificent in all over the world”! This tour unfolds itself like a scroll of panoramic sceneries of Hangzhou. Indulge yourself in its picturesque West Lake, ancient temples & gardens, mountains. The best highlights is the interesting visit to the Dragon Well Tea Plantation to explore authentic traditional Chinese tea culture.

Highlights of this tour

  • Take the chance to see, pluck and drink the best Dragon Well Tea at Meijia Dock Tea Village;
  • Enjoy a leisure afternoon time at the UNESCO World Heritage Site - West Lake;
  • Admire the legendary Buddhist culture at Feilai Peak and Linyin Temple.

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:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-HT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival

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Welcome to Hangzhou, the City of Heaven!

Upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. Then a comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this beautiful city.

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Day 2 Hangzhou Tea Culture Tour (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you are going to have an interesting exploration about Longjing tea culture. First, drive to visit the China National Tea Museum to learn systematically about Chinese Tea Culture, such as the general history, classification of tea, also take a look at the tea exhibits and precious tea wares, machines, etc. 

Then, drive to Meijia Dock Tea Village where you will take the chance to see, pluck and drink the best Dragon Well Tea in China. Upon arrival, a well-designed Tea Culture Exploration Program will be prepared for you. Firstly, be greeted by a local family who has planted the Dragon Well Tea for centuries at Meijia Dock, then carry a bamboo baskets to visit the tea plantation fields and pluck fresh tea leaves under the guidance of a tea specialist. After the tea plucking, return back to the house of local family. The host will show you the detailed process of stir-frying tea. You will also have a chance to learn the authentic tea culture, such as tea making, tea manners, proper way to drink tea, etc. Lastly, have a great lunch of local cuisines offered by the tea family.

In this afternoon, you’ll continue to explore the best water source used for brewing Longjing tea at Hupao Park. Hupao spring is reputed as “the Third Spring in the World” that numerous local residents come here to collect the clear water for daily drinking. You’ll not only see many murmuring streams, elegant hills, poetic pavilions, exquisite halls, but also learn the story about Jigong Buddha and Hongyi Master.

After that, you’ll go to take an enjoyable walking at the famous Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian street full of ornate Chinese architectures, local delicious snacks and interesting handcrafts. Visit century-old Chinese pharmacy - Hu Qing Yu Tang to appreciate the exquisite architecture as well as learn about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicines.

Optional evening ideas: 1) watch a magnificent night show – the Impression West Lake, 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 16, 2017 to the mid-March, 2018 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.

Please note:

  1. 1. The tea-picking season is in spring which is the best time to do tea-picking grogram. In other seasons, we may do some adjustment (like attend tea class in China National Tea Museum) to fully match your interests for tea culture exploration.
Dragon Well Tea PlantationDragon Well Tea Culture TourHefang StreetTea Class in China National Tea Museum
Day 3 Hangzhou & Hangzhou Departure (B, L)

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In this morning, you’ll spend a leisure scenic time sightseeing the famous West Lake. Feel free to discuss with your tour guide to customize the best way to enjoy the West Lake time - taking a leisure cruise, biking, walking or using sightseeing vehicle, just try what you are interested in.

Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2011 by UNESCO, West Lake is the only lake heritage site in China. UNESCO describes it as “has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and “reflecting an idealized fusion between humans and nature”. Located in the west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, covering an area of 6.39km2 with a perimeter of about 15km, West Lake is divided into five parts by three causeways, and it comprises lots of pagodas, temples, pavilions, gardens, causeways, as well as artificial islands. The scenery of West Lake has always been praised by numerous Chinese poets and artists since ancient time for the perfection combination of stunning natural scenery and human culture.

Later, you’ll transfer to visit Lingyin Temple, about 3 km 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. 

After the tour, be free until your guide and driver escort you to catch your flight / train to next destination.

West Lake Shuangtou Bridge Lingyin Temple

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