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Highlights of Hangzhou

Hangzhou has a time-honored history of over 2200 years, which dates back to the establishment of a town-level jurisdiction there in the Qin Dynasty. Throughout history, it has serve as the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. A saying there goes that “in heaven there is paradise, on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou.” This saying is a tribute to such a charming city. In the Yuan Dynasty, it was acclaimed by Marco Polo as the most magnificent city in the world. Bai Juyi, a celebrated poet of the Tang Dynasty, said that Hangzhou left the deepest impression in his mind among all the cities. Thousands of years later, people still believe this. Among all foreigners, Hangzhou is the best place for them to settle in. The couches by the West Lake and the Broken Bridge are a witness to love stories that continue repeating themselves. The love story between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai and Xu Xian and Bai Niangzi contribute to the fame of the city linked to romance.

Highlights of Hangzhou

Highlights of Hangzhou: Leisure & Romantic Watertown

Day 1: Upon your arrival in Hangzhou, a city known as the name of “Paradise on Earth,” your personal guide will be waiting for you with a name sign. Head for the hotel directly in the private, air-conditioned vehicle. Rest for the day or take a brief walk in the city.

Hotels in Hangzhou recommended: luxury hotels - Banyan Tree, Aman Fayun Resort, Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental, Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake, Shangri La or similar hotels

Highlights of Hangzhou

Day 2: Following breakfast, head for the cruise pier at West Lake for a leisure boat ride to see the scenery printed on the one yuan note of Chinese currency. Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) is an island that stands by West Lake where it got its name. Climbing the hill (35 meters high) gives a panoramic view of the Lake. Lunch is later arranged at a local fine restaurant. After, we’ll visit the Lingyin Temple which is the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temple in China. Hefang Street, a nearby attraction, offers opportunities to see ancient crafts shops and taste local foods. At night fall, enjoy the show Impression of West Lake directed by Zhang Yimou, the director of 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony. You’ll be able to experience the sad love story in the misty fog and touching music.

Highlights of Hangzhou

Day 3: This day you’ll visit Xixi National Wetland Park. It is the only wetland park in China, with 70% of its area as rivers, ponds, lakes and swamps, along with a vivid water village. A boat ride through the waterway gives you a closer look at the system. After lunch at a local fine restaurant you’ll head to Songcheng Theme Park where Song dynasty buildings are built and guards are dressed in Song style clothing. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for next destination.

Highlights of Hangzhou

Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request

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