What To Expect
The brimming waves delight the eye on sunny days.
The dimming hills give a rare view in rainy haze.
The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best.
Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed.
By Su Dongpo (Song Dynasty)
This is the portraiture of Hangzhou by one of most ancient Chinese poets. Marco Polo once called Hangzhou, "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". It is a city rich with history and culture, spanning back over 2000 years. It made a name for itself in the sixth century, when the Grand Canal opened up and linked the area to other centers of trade. The South Song Dynasty (A.D. 1127-1279) helped making Hangzhou famous when the imperial family moved there in the 12th Century. With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, the area soon became popular with artists, poets and painters seeking inspiration in this little bit of paradise.
We stop by the Six Harmonies Pagoda then proceed to the most striking structure in the city. You will get to visit the charming museum and take photos in front of this architectural marvel that was built in the Song Dynasty.
We will then visit the Meijiawu Tea Village for a traditional tea ceremony and learn its significance to Chinese culture.
After lunch, we head for a cruise across the West Lake. Enjoy the beautiful view and experience peace and serenity like nowhere else in the Shanghai area. The unforgettable scenery includes Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Bai and Su Causeways, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda, etc. The boat ride ends at Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor. We will have the chance to walk along on Su Causeway, and feed the fish in the Red Fish Pond to pray for the good luck.
Discover the many quaint places to stop off along the way including a lagoon and a small pavilion which has been converted into a great tea and snack house.
The schedule of this tour allows you to take other available tours in the evening (these tours are purchased separately):
West Lake Cruise
Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transportation by air-conditioned coach/mini van
Cruise port pick-up for the coach tours
Meals and drinks (unless specified)
Tips and gratuities
Seat in coach tours are only available in English.
Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese guided tours are available in private services at an additional cost. Please inquire.
Child rates apply from 3-12 years old.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge provided no seat is occupied.
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