|The beautiful scene of the West Lake
|A cycling enjoyment on Su Causeway
|The map of this cycling trip and
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Day 1 – West Lake Cycling and Hiking Trip (-/L/-)
Accommodation – JW Marriott Hotel Courtyard Hangzhou (4 stars)
Upon your arrival in Hangzhou, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown area, after that, begin your today’s trip. The first is the best of Hangzhou, which is the West Lake, and we don’t arrange the conventional or regular cruising experience for you, but a blend of cycling and hiking trip instead to have an intimate contact with the West Lake, a spiritual paradise of traditional cultural and academic elites to be inspired. The West Lake is of the splendid natural and cultural landscapes, and was inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as a globally famous cultural landscape. The cycling and hiking routes as below:
For cycling experience, we will start at the Quyuan Fenghe Scenic Spot, one of ten classic views of West Lake, and then follow the Yanggong Causeway, amid this section, we call it Yangdi Jingxing(杨堤景行, a Moral Avenue of Yanggong Causeway), a site of The Latest Ten Views of West Lake. What you will see from the north to the south inclusive of Qiyuan Fenghe, Hangzhou Flower Nursery, Guo’s Villa, Zhao Zhiqian’s Memorial Pavilion, Golden Sand Harbor, Maojiabu, the Turtle Pool, and Yuhu Bay. This is the best line for cycling around the West Lake, with
less traffic but more sightseeing sites under the thick forests, and it is a safer way to enjoy your cycling experience.
When you get to the intersection of three main ways – Yanggong Causeway, Nanshan Road and Hupao Road, you can turn right to the Nanshan Road, and what will see on this section include Prince Bay Park, Xiling Park, Huagang Guanyu Site and The Memorial Temple of Su Dongpo.
At this time, turn to the Su Causeway to continue your cycling trip. Su Causeway is one of three most famous causeways in the West Lake Scenic Area, and it was said to be built by Su Dongpo, the greatest scholar, artist, calligrapher, litterateur, poet, philosopher and painter of the Northern Song Dynasty and a governor of Hangzhou at the time. It is also an ideal way to enjoy a bike trip across the West Lake to view the fantastic landscapes. It is also the site of Sudi Chunxiao, a classic sight deserving an enjoyment in springtime. Upon your arrival at Beishan Road, the whole cycling trip will end. The tour guide will help you give back the bicycles. And we take a rest nearby and then have lunch.
After Lunch, walk along the lakeside line to have a visit to Fengyu Pavilion (Wind and Rain Pavilion in memory of Heroine Qiu Jin in the time of the Republic of China), the Statue of Huang Binhong (This was a traditional Chinese painting master in modern China), The Tomb of Wu Song, who was considered as the hero in the folk China and depicted a lot in the classical novel entitled Shui Hu or Water Margin, and then Tomb of Su Xiaoxiao, who was a famous and talented artistic prostitute in Southern and Northern Dynasties and helped her lover, a scholar named Bao Ren, be the imperial examination winner, but unfortunately died before her lover came back to marry her. She was buried nearby Xiling Bridge.
Afterwards, we will have a hiking trip. We move to Beishan Road, and climb to the hillside of Geling Hill to have a visit to Baopu Taoist Temple, the most famous Taoist cultural center in Hangzhou.
Then go across the Xiling Bridge, We enter into the cultural highlighted area of the West Lake Scenic Area, and we call it the Solitary Hill Scenic Zone. It is a cluster of elite cultural heritage sites featuring the Seal Arts, Calligraphy, Gardening, Museums, and Stories and so on. What we will see during our walking inclusive of the Statue of Qiu Jin (a heroine died for pulling down the Qing government), The Former Residence of Yu Yue (he was a great Confucian and scholar and contributed a lot in Gujing Jingshe Academy), The Solitary Park, Chinese Yinxue Museum, Xiling Society of Seal Arts, Sun Yat-sen Park, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, West Lake Gallery, Chang Shuhong Art Museum, Pinghu Qiuyue Site and The Broken Bridge etc..
At last, return to the hotel.
|The grand picture of Qiandao Lake
, Chun'an County, Hangzhou
Day 2 – Qiandao Lake Sightseeing Trip (B/L/-)
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Today, after breakfast, we are driven to the Qiandao Lake, or Thousand Islands Lake, in Chun’an, Hangzhou. We will have a boating trip around the Qiandao Lake and the islands in it. And we will enjoy lunch on the boat. In the afternoon, return to the midtown area of Hangzhou.
Qiandao Lake situated in the midway between Hangzhou and Huangshan, two famous tourist destinations in East China. Qiandao Lake is a five-A class scenic area of China, and the largest national forest park in Hangzhou. it has a unique environment of evergreen hills, mountains, flourishing woods, fresh air and clean lake. The scenic area can be classified into six districts - Southeast Lake District, Central Lake District, Southwest Lake District, Northeast Lake District, Northwest Lake District and Fuxi Stone Forest. Each district has its each own unique and featuring landscapes.
Your Thousand Islands Lake experience is inclusive of the visit to the most picturesque Five Dragon Island, Strange Stone Island, Dragon Mountain Island or Magic Dragon Island. After the trip, you will be transferred back to Hangzhou.
| What Is Included and Excluded
Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Experienced English speaking guide
Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
Service Charges & Government Taxes
Travel Agency Liability Insurance
Lunch and Hotel
International transportation & Chinese visa
Personal expenses like beverages.
Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide
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