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Itinerary Name: 3 Days Tour to Hangzhou, Shaoxing from Shanghai
Day 1
Shanghai-Hangzhou
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:Overnight in Hangzhou

In the morning, your private guide and driver will escort you to Hangzhou, "a Paradise City for Tourists", and the capital of Zhejiang Province. It will take around 50 minutes on the way.  

 

The exciting sightseeing in Hangzhou today will begin with the visit to the One of the oldest (build in 328 AD) and the largest Zen Sect Buddhist Temples in China - the Soul Retreat Temple and Peak Flying from afar in the front of this temple. Soul Retreat Temple was firstly founded in 328 AD and is a Buddhist temple of the Zen Sect located north-west of Hangzhou. It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China. The Peak Flying from Afar is so-named because it is made of limestone, giving it a craggy appearance very different from the surrounding mountains. Legend holds that the peak was originally from India, but flew to Hangzhou overnight as a demonstration of the omnipotence of Buddhist law. The Hill contains pagodas and Buddhist grottoes, numerous religious rock carvings made since 1000 years ago.

    

 

You will take lunch at downtown and take a walk on the ancient Qinghefang Steet and Zhongshan Street (the former royal street), pay a visit to an ancient Chinese herb pharmacy - Huqingyu Tang.

    

 

Afterwards, you will get to West Lake to walk on the Bai Causeway, passing “Lingering Snows on Broken Bridge” (the bridge and pavilion at the east end of Bai Causeway), “The Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake” – the small lake side garden with a spacious platform, grand building, pavilions and bridges, here it is commonly regarded as the best place to enjoy the West Lake. Pass Su Causeway and stoll at the Courtyard of Lotus Stirred by Breeze in Quyuan Garden. You will take a boat near the Solitary Hill to get to the biggest island – Three Pools Mirroring Moon.

   

 Bai Causeway

    

Three Pools Mirroring Moon  

Overnight in Hangzhou

Day 2
Tour in Hangzhou, Hangzhou-Shaoxing
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:Overnight in Shaoxing
In the morning you will continue your tour in Hangzhou to enjoy the  9 Streams and 18 Gullies, Longjin (Dragon Well) Tea Village. Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies area is a picturesque valley of tea plantation with high mountains, lush forests and wandering routes. A stream running across the path in the valley many times forms an enchanting scenery. The end of the path is the Longjing Tea Village with many tea houses. The walk at it not only brings you through the enchanted land of tea - it leads you scampering through a stream, 9 times over. And if you head out on a warm summer day, you may not want to leave. Along this picturesque valley, you can arrive at the Longjin Tea Village (The Dragon Tea Village) which is everything youd hope to find in search of an authentic Chinese tea drinking experience.  

    

After lunch, your guide and driver will escort you to Shaoxing. It will take around 60km/1h10m on the way.  

 

Before to get into the Shaoxing city, you will visit the sacred place for Chinese calligraphy - Lanting (Orchid Pavilion). During the Spring and Autumn Period (770- 476BC) Gou Jian, the ruler of the State Yue planted orchids here whilst during the Eastern Han Period (25-220) the Acquirer pavilion was erected, hence the present name. In the spring of AD353 under the Eastern Jin emperor Yonghe’s reign, Wang Xizhi, the calligraphy master, invited 40 friends here for a festival to cleanse away evil influences. They recited poems while drinking wine from cups floating on the winding stream. Meanwhile his friends asked him to compose a narrative to record the event. Wang wrote impromptu "prologue to the Orchid Pavilion collection" which has entered history with eternal glory . Wang has since been crowned as "the sage of Calligraphy" and the place now known as the "Calligraphy Mecca".   

The detail of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchid_Pavilion_Gathering 

The Prologue to the Orchid Pavilion Collection written by the Sage of Calligraphy, Mr. Wang Xizhi

 

 

Afterwards you will visit Ancient Street of Cangqiao and its surroundings which are under the well protection and it also wins the UNESCOs Heritage Protection Award.    

 

Day 3
Tour in Shaoxingg, Shaoxingg-Shanghai
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:No
Today, tourists will continue to do sightseeing in Shaoxing, In the middle afternoon, drive back to Shanghai. It will take around 3 hours on the way. 

 

Today in Shaoxing, tourists will visit: 

Former Residence of Mr. Lu Xun (One of the best authors in China and he is even one of the name cards of Chinese literature.) and Its Environs, ancient Shaoxing city with old bridges over small rivers, Dayu Mausoleum (a leader of the tribes union in whole ancient China around 4000 years ago, who visited Shaoxingg twice in investigations for the flood control.). 

 

Former Residence of Mr. Lu Xun and Its Environs:   

Mr. Lu Xun (1881.9.25~1936.10.19), a literary giant of his generation, composed many works representing the strong local color of Shaoxing culture. His old residence was built in 1810. He spent his childhood here and he also come back to here several times when growing up. Now in this area, tourists can visit His Ancestors Old Residence House Complex, His School, His Old Residence, The Garden of His Family, Some other familys well protected old residences and gardens, Lu Xuns Memorial Hall, Tugu Temple (The taoist land god temple), Changqing Temple, Henji Pawnshop, Jinxiu Nun Temple, Culture Square.

More about Lu Xun at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_xun

 

 

Da Yus Mausoleum:

Dayu is a Water-control Hero around 4000 years ago. He is the leader of tribe union in ancient China. At that time, terrible flood happened everywhere in China (In the western countries history record, at that time, there was also a terrible flood period in the world.). Da Yu presided people to resist the flood. It is said he was so busy that he even had no time to come back home when he passed his home for three times. He got to Shaoxingg and invited all of the tribe leaders in ancient China to have a meeting to discuss how to control the flood. He established the first Dynasty in China - Xia Dynasty (around 21BC - 16BC). After he died, he was buried here. This mausoleum honors him and his work from thousands of years ago.