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The Zen of Hangzhou

From RMB 6200
Travel days:  4 days
 /  3 nights

  • All high speed trains mentioned in the program in second class seats.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program are in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels in double/single rooms with bathtub or shower and WC, including daily breakfast.
  • English-speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program. (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch)
  • 24-hour TUI China telephone hotline (German or English): +86 13910187388
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Hangzhou Hotel 3*
Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Grand Canal
Standard room

  • Difficulty Level :
  • Best time to visit: all year round
  • Thorough study of Hangzhou Tea
  • Expert introduction to Chinese Medicine by TCM doctor
  • Join in a local tea farmer for lunch
  • Visit the one and only National Wetland Park in China
  • Pamper yourself with a traditional food massage treatment
  • Hike through valleys and tea fields
  • Min. 2 people

Travel content

When the Song emperor fled south to avoid invaders from the north in the 12th century, he instantly fell in love with the city of Hangzhou. Eulogized by hundreds of poets since that time, the relaxing lush green surroundings of the West Lake and hills that lie on the edge of the city have, for centuries, drawn Chinese literati looking for their own inspiration and inner calm. Discover for yourself why the surrounding scenery has set the scene for some of China’s greatest poetry and love stories.

A perfect short get-away or add-on to another China tour, the countryside around the city rewards those that venture past the banks of West Lake. Indeed, for those interested in sampling some of China’s best green tea at the source, a delightful stroll through the region’s tea hills and a chance to meet the people that cultivate the leaves is the answer. So why not relax, unwind, and take this opportunity to visit Hangzhou and see whether or not you too can find your inner poet.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing– Hangzhou (L)
    • In the morning, take a high speed train to Hangzhou.
    • Have tea at a tea house that overlooks the West Lake.
    • Watch “Impression West Lake”, a unique outdoor performance staged on West Lake itself.
    • Overnight in Hangzhou.
  • Day 2:
    Hangzhou (L)
    • Drive to Dragon Well village, well-known for Chinese green tea.
    • Take a leisurely walk overlooking the tea fields and farmers picking tea. 
    • Have a home-cooked lunch in a local home, highlighted by dishes cooked with Chinese tea.
    • Learn the tea making process from local farmers and taste different teas.
    • Cycle around the city.
    • Free time in the evening. Optional activities: relaxing with locals in the square nearby the West Lake, wandering along Hefang Street, or enjoying a foot massage.
    • Overnight in Hangzhou.
  • Day 3:
    Hangzhou (L)
    • Spend a day at Xixi National Wetland Park, the first and only national wetland park in China.
    • Overnight in Hangzhou.
  • Day 4:
    Hangzhou – Beijing(B)
    • Easy hike on the Jade Emperor Mountain, located just south of the West Lake.
    • Transfer to train station and go back to Beijing/Shanghai in the early afteroon
    • End of service.