Essential Hangzhou Day Tour
This is an essential tour of Hangzhou highlighted with local culture and history, apart from its great natural landscapes and cityscapes. When traveling in Hangzhou, the must-see tourist spots include West Lake Scenic Area, Lingyin Temple, M...
Day1 ---- Travel in Hangzhou
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua Hotel
Today, the schedule of trip includes the West Lake (including boat cruise on the lake), Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Pagoda of Six Harmonies and the Song Dynasty Imperial Street.
West Lake (including boat cruise on West Lake): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. On the boat you can see “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” — one of the “Top Ten Views of West Lake”. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.
Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the Top Ten Ancient Buddhist Temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation: It is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Scenic Area and boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.
Pagoda of Six Harmonies: The pagoda is located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in the south of Hangzhou City. It is one of the famous ancient pagodas in China and forms the wonderful sceneries of Hangzhou together with "Top Ten Views of West Lake". Erected by the Qiantang River and to the south of West Lake, Pagoda of Six Harmonies is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north"
The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: The street has been renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan, but still leads to the Palace of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127AD). The road that stretches 400 meters is lined with snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silks among others.