Day 1: Hangzhou Lunch and Dinner are included. This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel or agreed place in Hangzhou. Then, you will begin your tour visiting the Former Residence of Hu Xueyuan, a billionaire trader of the nineteenth century. He built a house that is up to par with the most beautiful palaces of China in the heart of Hangzhou. With a miniature West Lake and a miniature artificial karst cave, this old residence combines Chinese traditional charm with the modernity of its time period. Close to the former residence of Hu Xueyan, visit the ancient Huqingyutang Pharmacy, which is now a museum of traditional Chinese medicine. If you have any problem, employees will find you a miracle herbal remedy in honor of tradition. Then exit with your guide as you stroll freely in one of the nicest streets in Hangzhou, the Hefang Street. This area is lined with houses that showcase beautiful traditional walkways and offer an ideal setting for any souvenir shopping if you wish. You can also enter one of the establishments that are run by the local population. Feel free to explore the shops offering local specialties such as ham or spices.
Then, you move to visit the Leifeng Pagoda. Take the escalators of this modern Leifeng Pagoda to admire one of the most beautiful views of the West Lake from the top. You will also discover more about the history of the area's huge tidal wave. This afternoon, first 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.
Tonight, relax in the aisles along the beautiful lotus ponds in the Lotus Garden on the edge of the West Lake. Then attend the fabulous "Impression West Lake" show on the shores of the lake. Let yourself be taken by the actors walking on the water while melodious music plays in the background. These actors trace the ancient history and legends of the ancient capital of Song, Hangzhou.
Day 2: Hangzhou Breakfast and Lunch are included. This morning, 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. At the foot of the Wuyun Hill, take a stroll down a paved road that leads to the Yunqi bamboo forest. As you enter this oasis of freshness, take notice of the thousands of bamboo around you. The promenade will take you to a small valley containing a peaceful pond.
After lunch at the Meijiawu Tea Village, 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. Then you will be dropped off at the hotel or agreed place in Hangzhou.
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