Hangzhou Essence Tour by High Speed Railway

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Shanghai to Hangzhou, Train No. G7409 (Shanghai Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 09:17 - Arr 10:16
hangzhou lingyin temple

Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station Transfer (Hangzhou), Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda

Lingyin Temple (2 hours): As one of the most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, Lingyin Temple boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes.
During the Eastern Jin Dynasty in 328 AD, Hui Li, a monk from India brought Buddhism to this area and founded this temple. At that time, nine multi-storey buildings, 8 pavilions, 72 halls and more than 1,300 dormitory rooms had made up this temple, and it was the national worship center.
Located in front of the temple proper, Feilai Feng (Flying Peak) is an outstanding Buddhist grotto site, in which are engraved numerous Buddha images. Legend has it the peak was originally from India, and flew to Hangzhou overnight as a demonstration of the omnipotence of Buddhist law.
Other attractions include Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall of the Great Sage, Hall of the Medicine Buddha, Sutra Library, and Hall of the Five Hundred Arhats.

Six Harmonies Pagoda (30 minutes): The Liuhe Pagoda is located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in the south of Hangzhou City. The Liuhe Pagoda is one of the famous ancient pagodas in our country and forms the wonderful sceneries of Hangzhou together with "the ten sceneries of the West Lake". Highly erected by the Qiantang River and to the south of the West Lake, it is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north"

Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant: On Yan'an road close to West Lake, Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant claims of a history of 100 years in serving local dishes, snacks with a fusion of traditional & modern recipes. Zuiji (chicken preserved in alcohol in a very small jar) is a traditional dish from Hangzhou cuisine and is one of their specialties together with fried cod & West Lake fish which has won international acclaim for Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant. Other specialties are lotus roots with sweet glutinous rice which is a favorite for food lovers hunting for authentic Hangzhou cuisine.

Day 2: The West Lake(including the Island on the lake), Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum
Tour to Hangzhou West Lake

The West Lake(including the Island on the lake) (1 hour): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. A visit to Fairy Island is worth it to see on of the Ten Best Views of West Lake - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.

Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum (1 hour): Located at the Drum Tower grand street, Hangzhou City. Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum is a professional museum of Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine and a key cultural relics and historic site under the protection of the government in China as well. The Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum is the only Chinese herbal medicine museum in China housed in the ancient buildings of the famous Hangzhou Chinese herbal medicine shop. The exhibition halls introduce the origin, development, and application of traditional Chinese medicine and its role in the world history of medicine.

Day 3: Hangzhou to Wuzhen
Wuzhen Ancient Water Town

The Riverine Ancient Town of Wuzhen, Wu Zhen boat cruise, Our guide and driver will escort you from Hangzhou to Wuzhen

The Riverine Ancient Town of Wuzhen (2 hours): Wuzhen is in the north of Tongxiang city in Zhejiang Province, with Huzhou city to its west and Wujiang county of Jiangsu Province to its north.

Wu Zhen boat cruise (2 hours): The Wuzhen wooden boat takes 6 people at maximum and cruise is around 20 minutes. Tourists can enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional cultures and the original ancient features of the town that have been preserved intact, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs.

Day 4: Wuzhen to Hangzhou to Shanghai, Train No. G7318 (Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 15:00 - Arr 15:45

Our guide and driver will escort you from Wuzhen to Hangzhou, Train station Transfer (Hangzhou), Train station Transfer (Shanghai)

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