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Visit some of China's most awe-inspiring sites! Head to the Dragon Well Tea Village and the famous West Lake before visiting Lingyin Temple, one of the country's largest ...
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The 13th century explorer Marco Polo once described the city of Hangzhou as “greater than any in the world.” Today, with its beautiful landmarks and scenic landscapes, it may yet live up to that high standard. Visit the resplendent capital of Zhejiang Province in China with our 2015 tours and activities.
Start your trip with a cultural tour of Hangzhou. Travel to the West Lake, famous for the Legend of the White Snake, one of China’s Four Great Folktales. Visit the China National Silk Museum and learn about the millennia-old history of silk in Chinese culture and its history as a commodity and cultural artifact. Enjoy local cuisine for lunch, then visit the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan, the well-preserved Qing Dynasty home of a certain businessman. Walk down Qinghefang Street and shop at century-old stores selling arts, crafts, and snacks, before going to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum to get a glimpse of herbal medication culture.
Expand your tours to beyond the city limits with a tour of the water town of Wuzhen. Enter the Hundred Beds Museum and learn about the culture of the ancient Chinese through the places where they used to sleep thousands of years ago. Rediscover ancient methods of wine making and the production of blue calico, and witness the historic folk art of Chinese Shadow Play.
Go on to Shaoxing to relax in this quiet town. Cruise around the lake in a Chinese Gondola, mingle about the local bazaar where you can learn more about daily life in this waterside settlement, and enter Shen Garden, whose 800-year history is highlighted by the love story of Lu You and Tang Wan.
Return to Hangzhou for a picturesque day tour. Visit the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple, the most magnificent temple in Southeast China, with its sweeping architecture and rock carvings. Enjoy a view of villages, fields, and the rest of the landscape as you sip local tea. Have a delicious Chinese lunch, then cruise down West Lake for another lovely trip, on which you can visit the Golden Carp Pond Garden.