Day 1: Shanghai–Hangzhou No meal included. At the agreed time, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and then you will be transferred to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for the high speed train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, the local guide will meet you at the exit of the train station and then you will be transferred to the hotel in Hangzhou.
Day 2: Hangzhou Breakfast and Lunch are included. In the morning, stroll along the banks of the West Lake to appreciate its incomparable ancestral beauty. Enjoy the charm of this natural park as it stands as a grand symbol of Hangzhou. Remember to take pictures while relaxing on a peaceful cruise on West Lake's gorgeous waves. Feel free to look all around and admire some of the most beautiful panoramas of China too. The beautiful sights and fun experiences available here are ones to treasure. Then visit a former private housing garden with peaceful ponds of fish and flowerbeds of peonies.
Then, go into the surrounding hills of Hangzhou and discover one of the main places for harvesting Dragon Well tea, the Meijiawu Tea Village. Any visitor may initially get the impression of being lost in the middle of nowhere, considering how removed this tranquil environment may appear. Here, you will learn how to select the best leaves and conduct techniques for drying the tea leaves in the traditional Chinese way, which is in large bamboo baskets. After learning such techniques, an authentic tea ceremony will be offered. This experience will show you how to prepare and serve tea, which is a distinguished Chinese art. And finally, of course, do not forget to taste this Dragon Well tea, one of the most popular in China.
After lunch at the Meijiawu Tea Village, you will be transferred to visit the Lingyin Temple, shrine of the sect of Zen Buddhism in China. Nestled in the hills of a huge park, this site gives an opportunity to soak up the natural environment of this setting and the spirituality of this place while learning of its eventful past. Stroll within this site to discover a beautiful statue of the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni. Wander the paths of the park and see its magnificent Buddhist sculptures that were formed within the hollow spaces of its hills. There are more than 300 Buddhas that were carved into the rock of these hills, which is a rare sight in this part of China.
Day 3: Hangzhou-Wuzhen Water Village Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included. This morning, The guide will pick you up at the hotel and then drive you to discover the lifestyles of the people in the water town untouched by modernization. Cross an artificial lake on a ferry to reach west side of Wuzhen. This charming spot is much quieter than the eastern district and is the perfect place for a sunset cruise party. Behind the small traditional buildings lurk quaint hotels. Enjoy the serenity of the place for a good night's sleep.
Day 4 Wuzhen - Shanghai Breakfast and Lunch are included. In the morning, freely explore the water town. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Wuzhen long-distance station to take a direct bus to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will go back to your hotel on your own.
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