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2 Days Picturesque Hangzhou and Xitang Water Town Tour

Hear Romantic Jiangnan-Styled Stories by Poetic Hangzhou and Living Xitang


How to spend 2 days in Hangzhou?

Discover the bests of Hangzhou city and make a side trip to the quiet Xitang Ancient Water Town!!

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 2-day visit will be like immersing into the limpid and melodious music of flute that you should appreciate with your heart! Just follow our guide to encounter the emerald West Lake as the best symbol of poetic Hangzhou and discover the featured Buddhist culture, tea aroma, silk glory and laid-back life pulse of this charming place. And fully enjoy your most relaxing roam around Xitang Water Town, which is much quieter than the more popular Wuzhen and Zhouzhuang, to get lost in the crossing streets, alleys, river and idyllic lazy! You’ll gain a feeling of simplicity and leisure! Our valuable private package can help you enjoy a wonderful trip memory with great experience of essences at each tourist site and avoid crowds, and also the comfortable licensed private car can save your energy and time on navigation. To discover the real Hangzhou and Xitang, take this tour and enjoy!

Highlights of this tour

  • Feel the spirit of Hangzhou with an enjoyable cruise and walk around the iconic and picturesque West Lake at downtown;
  • Soak in the slow life at Xitang Ancient Town with a large spread of well-preserved traditional dwelling houses, old bridges, crossing river, various alleys, and chatting locals;
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Chinese silk culture and history with memorable witness of diverse silk displays at China National Silk Museum;
  • Enjoy the visual-pleasant and comfortable time at peaceful and antique Lingyin Temple with grand Buddhist halls as well as the authentic Dragon Well tea plantation with refreshing tea fragrance.

Basic Trip Information

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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 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.
Travel Route:
Hangzhou / Xitang Water Town / Hangzhou
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival & Hangzhou (L)

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

First, 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 the 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 a charming and peaceful landscape mixed with the strong Buddhist atmosphere among the large scaled of magnificent and antique temple clusters.

Next, 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.).

Then, 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.)

After that, go to China National Silk Museum to appreciate Chinese silk. You’ll have full knowledge about 5,000 years Chinese silk history and the world influential Silk Road, learn the whole process of how silk is made, appreciate various silk products from various period on display, as well as witness the changing of Chinese and Western fashion and clothing over the centuries.

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 Spring West Lake Boating Experience Lingyin Temple Relax at Dragon Well Tea Plantation China National Silk Museum Exhibits
Day 2 Hangzhou - Xitang - Hangzhou Departure (B, L)

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 of more than 1,000 years. It is also where the scene of Tom Cruise leaping on the corridors in the Mission Impossible III was filmed. What attracts you most should be the easygoing lifestyle that local residents have 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 covered 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 Covered Corridor, Songzi Laifeng Bridge, Shipi Lane, Western Garden, China Wine Culture Museum, China Buttons Museum, Ming & Qing Woodcarving Exhibition Hall, etc. Let time go as passing different bridges, mansions, gardens, halls, lanes, and watching locals chatting at their courtyard or the benches to taste the ancient and comfortable charm of Xitang and experience its profound history and interesting culture alive today. Enjoy your leisure boating time on the quiet water to travel through various bridges and by worn-out old streets in the primitive town before you leave.

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

Xitang Water Town of over 1,000 Years Old Boating at Xitang Water Town in Spring

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