Heaven On Earth
In Yuan Dynasty (1271~1368), the famous world traveler Maco Polo visited Hangzhou and praised “Hangzhou is the most beautiful city in the world”. Moreover, there is a well-known saying in China “In heaven there is paradise, and on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou”. In this city of heaven, you can appreciate its exquisiteness and beauty with your eyes and record it by your camera in this photography tour.
In 3 days, you won’t miss the ever-changing but always elegant West Lake in different season and weather, the hidden Buddha kingdom with grand halls and numerous Buddhist stone carvings in Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak, the verdurous Longjing tea plantations...When you leave, you will say “the most memorable is Hangzhou”!
This Hangzhou photography tour can be CUSTOMIZED depending on what photos you want to take, and on the weather condition when you go. Feel free to tell your interests and ideas to your personal travel consultants!
Travel Route: Hangzhou
Travel Length: 3 Days
Tour Code: CD-PTHT-03
Tour Type: Private Tour
Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)
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 photography journey in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.
First, you’ll move to Lingyin Temple. 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 (highlights for photography: shoot the grand halls in axis, devoted prayers and ancient stone carvings).
Later, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, a picturesque wonderland surrounded by mountains with large area of tea plantations. Guide by the tea farmer to go for a walk among the tea plantations, stand on high to shoot the panoramic view of the whole tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding sceneries, also sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea and listen to the interesting introduction about authentic traditional tea culture.
After that, transfer to the nearby site - “Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi” to feel the bright sunshine glimmering on the verdurous bamboo leaves and take some amazing photos.
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: feast your eyes to enjoy an amazing Music fountain show at Third Park , near the eastern lakeside of West Lake.
On this day, try to get up early to catch the elegant sunrise of West Lake. Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo praised: “Hangzhou is the most beautiful city in the world”, you’ll take photos around West Lake with your camera to witness its exquisiteness and beauty. The highlights for your photography cover Broken Bridge (shoot “Lingering Snow over the Broken Bridge in Winter”), Bai Causeway (shoot sakura and peach flowers fully blooming and willows weeping in the wind in spring), lotus in bloom in North Inside Lake and Yue Lake (shoot the famous scene – “Lotus Swaying in the Breeze”), Su Causeway (shoot “Dawn at Su Causeway in Spring”)…enjoy your time for creations.
In this afternoon, go to appreciate Chinese silk by visiting China National Silk Museum to have full knowledge about 5000 years Chinese silk history and the Silk Road, as well as take photos of Chinese and Western fashion and clothing changing over the centuries.
Later, you’ll take a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake view, shoot “Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon” and take excursion to the largest island on West Lake - “Xiao Ling Zhou”. When the gorgeous sunglows shining upon the glittering water, press your shutter to shoot “Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset” at Shuangtou Bridge.
Wuzhen with over 6,000 years old is one of the four great water towns at the region south of the Yangtze River and one of the ten most charming famous towns in China. Praised as the “last town resting on water in China” and a land flowing with mink and honey, Wuzhen is the top popular place to see the typical look of water towns in south China.
Upon your arrival, enjoy your time taking amazing photos of the West Scenic Area of Wuzhen, which is most popular among international visitors with over 20 scenic spots telling the culture, history and folk custom of Wuzhen and terrific night lights sightseeing. Stroll leisurely along the well-preserved streets and lanes to visit the remained dyeing workshop with herbs and hanging cloths, “three-inch “golden lotuses” with over 800 pairs of various foot binding shoes, old post office operating for more than 110 years, etc. for beautiful composes. Of course, you will not miss the Bailian Pagoda, Tongji Bridge and Renji Bridge, large classic garden, ancient academy, soy sauce workshop, plentiful of old constructions from Ming and Qing era, and various shops and stores selling local handicrafts and snacks. (Optional activity: you can get on a sculling boat to take photos of the water town sightseeing from a different angle along the little river, which needs extra payment.)
Wuzhen, with a history of 1300 years, is one the top 6 water towns in Jiangnan Area. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal runs across the town, making it the only ancient water town adjacent to the canal. Enter into Wuzhen, you’ll see the ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, stone pathways between the mottled walls, delicate wood carvings...giving you a unique experience through its profound cultural background. It is divided into two scenic areas: Wuzhen East Scenic Area (Dong Zha) and Wuzhen West Scenic Zone (Xi Zha).
Dong Zha: It keeps the traditional cultures and original ancient features. Photographers could wander in the six districts and shoot traditional workshops, local-styled dwelling houses, traditional shops and stores, the Former residence of Mao Dun and more cultural sights. It is recommended to shoot in the early morning and in the afternoon.
Xi Zha: It is quieter than Dong Zha. It consists of 12 small islands, connected each other by more than 70 bridges. Photographers need to take boat to explore Xi Zha. The charming architectural features like colonnades, bridge within a bridge, balconies, piers, wooden windows and doors, and gray stone walls and paving should come into your pictures. It is good to shoot Xi Zha at night which will give you different feeling.
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to photograph in Jiangnan Water towns. In spring, the flowers are blossom and the trees turn green that add more charm into your pictures. In Autumn, the water towns present another scene which looks more ancient, taking you back to the time of ancient China. The best time to shoot in water towns are in the early morning and in the late afternoon. In the morning, the canals are sometimes foggy and misty like a dreamland. In the late afternoon, when the visitors leave, the ancient Wuzhen presents in front of you.
1. Photographic equipment
Bring wide angle lens, medium telephoto lens, tripod.
2. Get up early
The water towns is crowded every day. To get the quiet side of the water towns, try to get up early in the morning and you’ll catch the best moment to shoot the peaceful towns and local’s everyday life.
3. Evening shot
Wuzhen is suitable for evening shot. When the light turn on and reflect on the water, everything looks different from the daytime view. It is good to shoot Xi Zha (Wuzhen West Scenic Area).
4. Transportation Info
Wuzhen is located in Jiaxing, about 130km from Shanghai.
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