Transfer to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in the morning for your high-speed train connection to Hangzhou (G7505 09:00 – 09:54, first class seats)
Hangzhou West Lake
West Lake was originally a shallow inlet of the Qiantang River, but was dredged and dammed during the Tang Dynasty (8th Century AD) to create the body of water we see today. The lake and its surrounding areas have influenced garden design in China, Japan and Korea over the course of hundreds of years, and are a spectacular sight to behold. Enjoy a scenic cruise along this beautiful lake, and float by numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, islands, and ornamental trees.
Stroll along historic Hefang Street and pick up a bargain or delightful souvenir. This colorful pedestrian street is located at the foot of Wushan Hill and is very close to West Lake. It is one of the best-restored urban quarters in Hangzhou and conveys a sense of the bustle and liveliness of times past
If Marco Polo had traipsed through Hangzhou in a single day, he probably would’ve left the city remembering three things — West Lake, beautiful women, and Longjing tea. Fast forward about 800 odd years and that still holds true. Longjing tea,sometimes called by its literal translated name Dragon Well tea, is a variety of pan-fried green tea.
It is produced mostly by hand and has been renowned for its high quality
Depending on the time of year, you will see tea leaves at various stages of processing—cut, sorted, dried—before being packaged to be shipped and sold as one of China’s finest green teas.
Founded in 328 AD by the Indian monk known as Hui Li, this temple’s English name is translated as the Temple of Inspired Seclusion. It is one of the largest Buddhist temples in China, and once served as a home to over three thousand monks. Between the 10th and 14th centuries, monks carved over three hundred Buddha statues into the peak of the mountain in front of the temple. Here, you may also view the magnificent carved Buddhas leading the way to the Lingyin Temple. Wind your way through the rocky crags and caves to explore the hundreds of stone statues dating back to the
10th through 14th centuries.
In the late afternoon transfer to Hangzhou railway station and take high speed train back to Shanghai G7312 18:00 19:01 1st class seat
Lunch at a local Chinese restaurant