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2 Days Hangzhou Essence Tour (Most Time-Efficient)

Savor Best Highlights of “Heaven City”

Hangzhou favored by many people as the “Heavenly City on Earth” is bestowed with paradisal sceneries and romantic poetic culture since many centuries ago. This 2 Days Hangzhou Essence Tour is the best package to catch all best nature, culture, history and life pace of Hangzhou. You will achieve the No.1 dream of discovering fabulous West Lake with admiration of this famous ten sceneries by cruising, walking and vehicle riding. Also, you’ll have great fun walking among the real lush green Dragon Well tea plantation to feel the refreshing aroma from nature and learn the interesting Chinese tea culture. Besides, you will not miss the popular and holy temple, ancient street, various themed museums and displays to travel back to the prosperous Hangzhou in its period as the capital of the state 800 years ago and lost in the charming art of various handicrafts used in daily life! Let’s go and know why Hangzhou is called “Heaven City”!

We will help you enjoy a real Hangzhou with avoiding the crowds, please feel free to inquire for the best price of our valuable Hangzhou tour package which covers pick-up / drop-off service, professional guide caring service, a non-smoking private vehicle with an experience driver, etc. to enjoy your trip to Hangzhou! (The tour itinerary can be adjusted or tailored based on your schedule and interests!)

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HT-02
  • 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

  • Savor the splendid sightseeing of West Lake from the bank and on the water and appreciate the ancient pagodas, pavilions, causeways, lovely gardens, lush trees and flowers around;
  • Stroll at the real emerald refreshing Longjing tea plantation at Meijia Dock and learn systematically about the authentic traditional Chinese tea culture and history at China National Tea Museum;
  • Have a leisure historical walk along the famous Hefang Street to see the past look of the prosperous Hangzhou as the capital in Song Dynasty and learn about traditional Chinese medicine culture at worthy Hu Qing Yu Tang;
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the great Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal of over 25 centuries and feel the continuous prosperous busy of the shipping and passenger transport from ancient to nowadays;
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival & Tour (L)

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

Welcome to Hangzhou! Your local travel guide and drive will meet you at Hangzhou airport / train station or your hotel and escort you to start today’s Hangzhou exploration! (Note: the number and order of attractions can be adjusted based on your schedule and interests.)

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.

  • Picturesque West Lake with Lotus Flowers in Summer Picturesque West Lake with Lotus Flowers in Summer
  • Leifeng Pagoda at Sunset Leifeng Pagoda at Sunset
  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience
  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea Plantation Hangzhou Dragon Well 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 2 Hangzhou Tour & 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 you);
  • 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...

To whom it may concern:

My husband and I have recently taken a vacation to Zhaoqing and Qingyuan.

It was all organized by this Agency and the tourist agent Leo Li. The tourist guide was Matt

We want to express our gratitude for all the organization as well as the actual trip.

Holtels were just like we asked for, in fact they (2 hotels) were very nice. The places we went were gorgeous and everything well organized. Thanks.

We will keeping using this agency as we have been done in the past for more than 4 trips within in China.

Kind Regards.

Janislene & Floyd

Janislene & Floyd - 2021.05.28‚ Brazil & USA, May 28, 2021

Hi Leo,

Thanks for your email and apologies for not getting back to your earlier but its been a busy return to Beijing.

Verity and I were extremely happy with our tour with Bree. She and the driver went above and beyond waiting for us at the airport until the early hours of the morning as our flight was delayed.

In relation to Bree, she was a great guide. She obviously knew her stuff, was friendly and expertly navigated us around the sites. What we really appreciated was Bree taking us to places that were a little bit out of the way to take us away from the crowds so we could experience the spectacular scenery and views without too many people around us.

In relation to the tour and the schedule, we were really happy with the places on the itinerary and the time we were able to spend at each. Throughout the trip we did not feel rushed nor that we had too much time at any place and were really happy with being able to walk around some really beautiful places.

The choice was hotel was good as it meant we were close to the park which meant less driving in the morning and we were happy with the room.

In addition, the support we received prior to and during the trip from you and Bree was greatly appreciated. We have already passed on the details for the tour and your company to several friends of ours and we are already looking at when we could reschedule our Huangshan trip.

In relation to the Huangshan trip, we were wondering how much notice you need before booking? For example, if we decided on a Monday to do the trip, could we start it on the Friday of that week? We recognise that you require time to lock in hotel bookings, guides, tickets etc. but were wondering how much time was required.

Thanks once again for all your help.

Cheers

Marko

Marko - 2021.05.27‚ Australia, May 27, 2021

Hi Rita,

It was amazing! Thank you so much for everything

Claudia - 2021.05.24‚ Spain, May 24, 2021

Feedback from Gabriella:

Thank you Wonder! We had a wonderful trip!

Feedback from Anne:

Thanks for the kind present. We had a great trip indeed, Alex was a wonderful guide and everything was well arranged. We had some minor feedback on the hotel (no AC) but other than that: it's great.

Gabriella & Anne - 2021.05.23‚ Netherlands, May 23, 2021

Thanks Wonder for checking.

All was good.

Tamer - 2021.05.22‚ Turkey, May 22, 2021
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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Picturesque West Lake with Lotus Flowers in Summer Picturesque West Lake with Lotus Flowers in Summer
  • Leifeng Pagoda at Sunset Leifeng Pagoda at Sunset
  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience
  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea Plantation Hangzhou Dragon Well 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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