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3 Days Classic Hangzhou Tour (at Leisure Pace)

Charming Hangzhou Exploration in the Best Way

Hangzhou is famous for her idyllic sceneries, elegant literal atmosphere and leisure rhythm of life! So how to spend 3 days to explore the real charming Hangzhou?

This 3-day tour takes you to discover Hangzhou in the most classic way. You will have one full day to arrive in this city by flights or train without any hurry. and spend one full day to catch the authentic sightseeing and cultural highlights of the top three must-sees of Hangzhou, namely West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Longjing Well Tea Plantation, which enables you to appreciate the representative lake view, mountain view, literal culture, Buddhist culture, Chinese tea culture there. Besides, on the last day, you’ll enjoy a leisure historical walk at Hangzhou best old street to see how prosperous Hangzhou was in the past and marvel at the world great canal and personally look at those precious Hangzhou representative handicrafts skills! Our all-inclusive Hangzhou tour package with wonderful tour services, well-organized itineraries containing sightseeing of the top must-sees of Hangzhou, relaxing walking, non-smoking private vehicle with experienced local driver, wonderful culture and history learning, authentic local food tasting, etc. will help you enjoy a great trip experience in Hangzhou!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HT-03
  • Price : from request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Culture / History
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Have great fun with a leisure discovery of iconic West Lake to marvel at its charming sceneries of the water, bridges, parks, pagodas, etc. and feel its rich Chinese poetic and picturesque beauty;
  • Pay a holy visit to famous Lingyin Temple to immerse into the fresh tranquil air and experience the peaceful Buddhist atmosphere in the large scaled of antique temple clusters;
  • Enjoy a worthy visit at authentic Dragon Well tea plantation at Meijiawu Village to walk in the inspiring verdant tea fields, appreciate the idyllic surrounding sightseeing and soak in the fresh tea aroma;
  • Learn the history, culture, art and more with abundant precious displays of knives, scissors, swords and umbrellas and watch the live demonstrations of the traditional handicrafts and daily necessities in China!
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival

Pick up from airport / railway station & hotel check-in

Welcome to Hangzhou, the “Heavenly City on Earth” and capital city of Zhejiang Province! Upon your arrival, your local travel guide and drive will meet you at Hangzhou airport / train station and then escort you to your hotel in the downtown and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day is on your own to discover the beautiful view of Hangzhou City!

Arrival Idea: Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport has many flights of about 1-3 hours with most domestic destinations like Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc. and also some direct international flights to San Francisco, Amsterdam, Madrid, Sydney, Vancouver, Rome, Singapore, etc. Besides, you can take a bullet train from Shanghai (1-1.5 hrs), Beijing (4.5 hrs), Guangzhou (6 hrs), Suzhou (1.5-2.5 hrs), Nanjing (1.5 hrs), Huangshan (3 hrs), Zhengzhou (3 hrs), Xiamen (6.5 hrs), Changsha (3.5 hrs), etc.

  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

Day 2 Hangzhou (B, L)

Today’s highlights: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, China National Tea Museum

After breakfast today, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and escort you to start today’s Hangzhou exploration!

First, make the symbolic visit to the picturesque West Lake, which is the iconic site of Hangzhou and a pretty UNESCO World Heritage. 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 including visit to the beautiful Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon. After the cruise, stroll or take a sightseeing vehicle leisurely around to pass the famous Su Causeway, Bai Causeway, Broken Bridge, Gushan Hill, parks of Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Orioles Singing in the Willows, etc. (As the lake is too large, you can take the sightseeing vehicle at any place on the route to save energy. The fee is included.)

Next, go to Feilai Peak (Peak Flying from Afar), which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in over 300 Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. With over 1,000 years, it is the precious fresco treasure in the whole regions south of Yangtze River. Continue to the adjacent Lingyin Temple of nearly 1,700 year, which is the oldest and one of the most popular temples in Hangzhou. Hidden in the luxurious forest, it offers charming and peaceful landscape mixed with the strong Buddhist atmosphere among the large scaled of magnificent and antique temple clusters.

Then, drive uphill to Meijiawu Tea Village, a refreshing wonderland surrounded by mountains with a large area of emerald Dragon Well tea plantations in neat lines and curves. Walk among the tea plantations with fun and take beautiful photos (Optional activity: you can pay a visit to the local tea grower’s family and experience picking tea leaves, watching stir-drying tea leaves, enjoying tea ceremony, tasting Dragon Well tea, etc., which needs extra payment.). After that, go to China National Tea Museum to learn systematically about Chinese tea culture including the history, procession, customs and classification of tea, and admire diverse kinds of tea wares, machines, displays, etc.

After today’s visiting, be escorted back to your hotel in Hangzhou downtown. Have a good sleep!

Evening Ideas: 1) watch a magnificent night show - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, a live performance by Yimou Zhang with changing lights, music and dancing on the West Lake, which usually starts at 7pm, needs extra payment; 2) feast your eyes with an amazing Music Fountain Show at Third Park, near the eastern lakeside of West Lake, free charged.

  • West Lake Summer West Lake Summer Scenery
  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience
  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Relax at Dragon Well Tea Plantation Relax at Dragon Well Tea Plantation
  • Tea Picking at Meijiawu Village Tea Plantation Tea Picking at Meijiawu Village Tea Plantation
  • Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Our customers Lawson's Family from UK visited Meijiawu Tea Plantation in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China in October, 2019.

Day 3 Hangzhou & Hangzhou Departure (B, L)

Today’s highlights: Hefang Street, Hu Qing Yu Tang, Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal Cruise, Qiaoxi Conservation Area

Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet at your hotel and then escort you to enjoy a nice historical walk at Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian street to see the typical old and prosperous Hangzhou in South Song era. Stroll to admire the ornate old styled Chinese architectures, interesting local handicrafts, delicious snacks, etc. Then, walk to the century-old Chinese pharmacy on the street - Hu Qing Yu Tang, which is also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum and was built by Xueyan Hu, a famous merchant in late Qing dynasty. Many locals still visit senior doctors there for treatment today. Marvel at the magic of traditional Chinese medicine by looking at the countless traditional Chinese medicines and herbs, various traditional tools and watch the live processing of medicines.

Later, go to Wulinmen to take the 0.5 hour’s sightseeing cruise on Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal. That great canal dug from Spring and Autumn period is over 2,500 years old, which is one of the three greatest projects in China and a World Cultural Heritage. Appreciate the view of the modern and old houses on banks passing by and see the vibrant scene of different cargo ships and passenger ships coming and going just like that in the past centuries.

Disembark at Gongchen Bridge and have an interesting cultural visit to Qiaoxi Conservation Area which was called “Little Shanghai” for its prosperity in Ming and Qing era due to the convenient linking by the Grand Canal. Now, this cultural street block preserves lots of old folk dwellings and industrial sites and has a series of themed museums and exhibitions to introduce the culture and history of the Grand Canal, Hangzhou and China. Go to China Museum of Knives, Scissors & Swords to admire various scissors used in daily life and learn the developing story of Zhang Xiao Quan. It is a nationally renowned brand of knives and scissors of nearly 400 years old and still favored by lots of domestic consumers. Besides, have a great look at plentiful of swords for military defense and knives from ancient to now! Walk to the adjacent China Umbrella Museum. You will know how the world first umbrella was inspired from lotus leaves, their special status in Chinese literature, irreplaceable meanings in the wedding and marriage in China, detailed processing, etc. with displays of rich types and colors of umbrellas of different materials in China and the world. Then, go to the nearby Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion to watch the live demonstration of painting on oiled paper umbrellas and various handicrafts, such as making potteries, embroideries, bamboo weaving, etc. (Optional activities: You can experience one of the handcrafting activities if you are interested and time permits, which needs extra payment.)

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort you to Hangzhou airport / train station to catch your flight / train to your next destination or home! Tour ends!

  • Hefang Street Hefang Street
  • Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal - Gongchen Bridge Section Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal - Gongchen Bridge Section
  • China Umbrella Museum China Umbrella Museum
  • China Museum of Knives, Scissors & Swords China Museum of Knives, Scissors & Swords
  • Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion

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The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.65. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  • Leisure cruise and sightseeing vehicle at West Lake listed in the itinerary;
  • Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal cruise from Wulinmen to Gongchenqiao listed in the itinerary;

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to / off Hangzhou not listed in the itinerary (We can book domestic flights or trains for your);
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Optional activities listed in the itinerary: local tea grower family visiting, Enduring Memories of Hangzhou night show, and handcrafting activities experience at Qiaoxi Conservation Area.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien,

We really enjoyed the river cruise and all of the help you were able to provide us. The trips were very good. We thought that breakfast was too early every morning and if you do not attend breakfast we should have the option to get some food somewhere else on board.

Hannah - 2021.04.20‚ UK, April 20, 2021

Hi Lyn,

I had a good time once I upgraded my room. The room I had was a futon like bed that I would’ve had difficulty getting up from, barely any outlets and a too small shower. Also, the food in the main dining room was just okay. We ate in the VIP room the last night which the food was much better but it should be served as the regular food. The excursions were good. The staff was amazing. They checked in on us regularly and made sure we had English guides when leaving the boat. They took great care of us.

Sylvetta - 2021.04.19‚ USA, April 19, 2021

Hello Rita 

I'm doing well! How are you?  Just cleaning my house now .

I can't thank you enough for everything! I really had an amazing holiday and I appreciate all the extra efforts you helped me with. I felt like a superstar sometimes .

I'm so excited for Patra as she will get to experience a vacation where she can to do minimal because everything is taken care of.

Thank you for the kind gesture I appreciate it! The lunch was definitely delicious and it was good to get to know Sandy and Mr. Li. during both lunches.

Ashton - 2021.04.19‚ South Africa, April 19, 2021

Hi Vivien

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything. The cruise was amazing the staff were very welcoming and the birthday surprise was so special. Thank you!!!!!!

Most Appreciatively,

Tracy Edwards

 

Tracy - 2021.04.18‚ USA, April 18, 2021

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip Wonder.

Alex was fantastic!!!

Andy - 2021.04.15‚ UK, April 15, 2021
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  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
  • West Lake Summer West Lake Summer
  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience
  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Relax at Dragon Well Tea Plantation Relax at Dragon Well Tea Plantation
  • Tea Picking at Meijiawu Village Tea Plantation Tea Picking at Meijiawu Village Tea Plantation
  • Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  • Hefang Street Hefang Street
  • Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal - Gongchen Bridge Section Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal - Gongchen Bridge Section
  • China Umbrella Museum China Umbrella Museum
  • China Museum of Knives, Scissors & Swords China Museum of Knives, Scissors & Swords
  • Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion

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