2 Days Poetic Hangzhou with Xitang Water Town Tour

Heavenly Hangzhou & Living Xitang

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It is hard to use words to fully describe the beauty of Hangzhou and Xitang Water Town. I should say they are more than “poetic”, “exquisite” and “charming”. Every step you move will fresh your body and mind. The visit will be like immersing into the limpid and melodious music of flute that you should appreciate with your heart!

Time stands still in this 2 days, no matter when cruise on the emerald West Lake and feel the spirit of Hangzhou, comprehend the essence of Buddhism by view numerous Buddha stone carvings and grand halls in Lingyin Temple, wander through the Longjing tea planation or take a relaxing stroll along the thousand-year-old Xitang Water Town! You’ll gain a feeling of simplicity and leisure!

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 / Xitang Water Town
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
Tour Code:
CD-HTX-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.

Leave West Lake, and 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, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, a picturesque wonderland surrounded by mountains with large area of tea plantations. You can go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding sceneries, also sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea. After the enjoyable tea time, say goodbye to the host, and drive to 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.

Today’s visit ends. Drive back to your hotel.

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.

Dragon Well Tea Culture TourBeautiful West Lake - BridgeLingyin TempleImpression West Lake
Day 2 Hangzhou – Xitang & Xitang Departure (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll be transferred to Xitang Water Town in Jiaxing City, 110 kilometers away from Hangzhou (about 2 hours’ drive).

Xitang is a living ancient town with a history more than one thousand years and also the birthplace of Wu and Yue culture. What attracts you most should be the easygoing lifestyle that local residents has been keeping for thousands of years. This water villages has nine rivers, divided into eight sections linked by 104 old-fashioned bridges, 122 old lanes, many ceilinged corridors, Ming and Qing Dynasties black-tiled houses, etc. You’ll first enter from Western Entrance and begin your visit to explore this charming water village, including the famous Ceilinged Corridor, Songzi Laifeng Bridge, Shipi Lane, Western Garden, China Wine Culture Museum, Ming & Qing Woodcarving Exhibition Hall, etc. Enjoy your leisure boating time on the quiet water to travel through the primitive town before your leave.

After relaxing trip, your guide and driver will escort you to your next destination!

Transfer notice: to best suit for your schedule, you can tell us beforehand where you decide to go – Shanghai, Hangzhou or Suzhou. China Discovery will arrange the transfer service for you!

Xitang Water Town in SpringXitang Water Town

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