After pickup from your Shangahihotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, relax during the scenic 3-hourdrive to the splendid city of Hangzhou. Listen as your knowledgeable guide setsthe historical scene and offers insight into the 2,000-year history of thecity.
On arrival, begin yourexploration at the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a majestic masterpiecethat towers at a height of 196 feet (60 meters). Admire the distinctarchitecture and the picturesque surroundings before visiting an informativemuseum beside the pagoda.
Next, venture to Meijiawu TeaVillage to discover some of the world’s finest tea varieties; capture photographsof the verdant sprawl of plantations then experience the art of a traditionaltea ceremony for important insight into Chinese culture. Revitalize with a traditionallunch then head to the luscious landscapes surrounding West Lake, a beautifulbody of water that has inspired poets and artists from around the world.
Board a boat and cruise theshimmering surface, admiring the temples, pagodas and mountains that pepper theshores. Disembark at Red Carp Pond to absorb the botanical beauty of thegardens, and then trace a picturesque trail through an area named 9 Creeks and18 Gullies. See meandering streams and quaint refuges while listening to anengaging narrative about the region’s rich heritage.
When your enriching excursiondraws to a close, relax during the smooth journey back to your Shanghai hotel,where the tour concludes.