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Hangzhou, a city famous for its scenic splendor, attracts more than 20 million tourists from home and abroad every year. Its unique environment endowed by nature and those who have lived here, is an accumulation of several thousand years that has formed many world renowned natural, historical and cultural features.

Whenever talking about Hangzhou, the famous West Lake can never be far from one's thoughts. Held on three sides in the embrace of hilly peaks, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favorite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features. The largest part of West Lake is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake.

The Solitary Hill Island lies between the Outer Lake and the North Inner Lake and is an ideal spot from which to admire the vista. For those who have a love of sculpture and art and those who have a particular interest in Buddhism Fei Lai Feng (Peak Flown From Afar) and Ling Yin Temple are the must see attractions. The nearby Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is a monument to the patriot who was murdered in 1141 at the behest of his archrival Qin Hui, the Song prime minister. These buildings together with others in the vicinity of the lake such as the slender 13 storey high Six Harmonies Pagoda adds to the calm and beauty of their surroundings.

No visitor to the West Lake and Hangzhou can fail to learn something of this city's most famous products, namely silk and Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea. The National Silk Museum is the first Chinese national museum to be dedicated to silk culture and is the largest of its kind in the world. A similar museum is dedicated in homage to tea. Located at the West Lake Dragon Well Tea Plantation, the National Tea Museum provides a fascinating insight into the history and production of Chinese tea.

Another natural spectacle to be found in Hangzhou is the tidal bore of the Qiantang River that has enthralled people for centuries. Annually, millions of people from both home and abroad flock there to watch the magnificent tide on the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar month (also around the Mid-Autumn Day). When the surging tide comes, the water can rise up to a height of 30 feet and the noise it generates sounds like thunder, or thousands of galloping horses.

The other great feat of much earlier engineering is the Grand Canal. Linking Hangzhou in the south with Beijing in the north, this is the longest man-made waterway in China and surpasses both the Suez and Panama canals. Boating on the old Chinese Canal is one of the best ways to get a panoramic view of the landscape of typical river towns in southern China, which include ancient dwellings, stone bridges of traditional designs and historical relics.

Hangzhou, with its surrounding hills, water and numerous beautiful sightseeing places, has been ranked as one of the ten best famous tourist cities in China.

The Grand Canal the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, was a giant irrigation project of ancient China¡­

West Lake These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) when he compared the West Lake to Xi Zi, the most beautiful woman in ancient China¡­

The Six Harmonies Pagoda The Six Harmonies Pagoda is located on Yuelun Hill overlooking the Qiantang River¡­

Ling Yin Temple and Feilai Peak Lin Yin temple is without doubt a premier showpiece in the West Lake environs and is notable also as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China¡­

General Yue Fei¡¯s Tomb The Tomb of General Yue Fei lies on the northern side of the Qixialing Hill on the northern shore of the West Lake¡­

 

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  BITS-C011 Suzhou, Zhouzhuang, Hangzhou(USD 410 per person)

Three days tour around Shanghai suburb cities, including hotel accommodation in Suzhou and Hangzhou city, the private tour start from and return Shanghai.]

This tour depart everyday, start from and return Shanghai.


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  BITS-C015 1 Day Hangzhou Tour(USD 145 per person)

One Day excursion to Hangzhou, West lake (boat tour), Linying Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Tea Plantation. private tour guide and vehicle.

Hangzhou is famous for its natural beauty and historical heritages. We have a Chinese saying that - "There is a paradise up in the heaven, and there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on the earth".


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  BITS-C016 1 Day Hangzhou City Tour

covers most famous sightseeings in Hangzhou. Private guide and vehicle.

Hangzhou is famous for its natural beauty and historical heritages. We have a Chinese saying that - "There is a paradise up in the heaven, and there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on the earth".


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  BITS-C043 3 Days Standard of Hangzhou(USD 129 per person)
3 Days Standard of Hangzhou
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  BITS-C044 7 Days Standard of Hangzhou - Ningbo - Putuo - Shanghai(USD 799 per person)
7 Days Standard of Hangzhou - Ningbo - Putuo - Shanghai  
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