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[1-Day Tour] West Lake & Former Residence of Huxueyan (Private)

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Hangzhou

West Lake | Qinghefang Street | Huqingyu Tang | Former Residence of Hu Xueyuan

Hangzhou has long been considered "heaven on earth" in China thanks in no small part to West Lake's tranquil beauty. Once a retreat for emperors, poets and painters, the lake's scenic spots are immortalized in classical Chinese art and literature . Check out Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, go souvenir shopping on Qingfehang Street and learn how silk is made at the National Silk Museum. You'll also visit the former mansion of famous Hangzhou entrepreneur Hu Xueyuan, one of the best-preserved Qing Dynasty residences in the city.

Details

9:00 a.m. Hangzhou train station / downtown hotel pickup

9:30 a.m. West Lake (Xī Hú, 西湖) (about 1 hour)

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011, Hangzhou's premier tourist attraction, West Lake and its surrounding gardens, hills, rockeries, temples, pagodas and parks have for centuries inspired poets, officials and tourists with their beauty. This beauty pulls an estimated 12 million domestic tourists and half a million foreign tourists annually making it—and, consequentially, Hangzhou—one of China's most tourist-heavy locales.

Its placid waters and lush tree-lined shores, praised by emperors and poets alike, have been the setting of many famous events in Chinese literature and history. Board a vessel and cruise across the lake to view famous sights like Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai and Su Causeways and Solitary Hill. Flower Harbor Park, located next to Su Causeway, houses many of Hangzhou's most well known attractions, including Red Carp Pond and Peony Garden.

10:30 a.m. Hefang Street (Hé Fǎng Jiē, 河坊街) (about 1 hour)

Shop for souvenirs and snacks along Hangzhou's Hefang Street. A lively commerce center since the Song Dynasty, this pedestrian street is lined with shops and restaurants occupying traditional buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasty architectural style. Busy stalls selling various souvenirs add to the hustle and bustle of this famous street.

11:30 a.m. Huqingyu Tang (Húqìngyú Táng, 胡庆余堂) (about 1 hour)

Located at the foot of Hangzhou's Wu Hill, Huqingyu Tang is one of the best-known traditional pharmacies in China and doubles as a museum of traditional Chinese medicine. Originally founded in 1874, the pharmacy's restored structure is said to resemble a crane which, aptly, in Chinese culture is a symbol of longevity. Here you can learn about China's fascinating traditional medicine and marvel at the building's Qing Dynasty architecture.

12:30 a.m. Lunch at a local restaurant (not included in price)

2:00 p.m. Former Residence of Hu Xueyuan (Húxuěyán Gùjū, 胡雪岩故居) (about 1 hour)

Enter the late Qing Dynasty mansion of wildly wealthy Hangzhou merchant-official Hu Xueyuan. The walled complex is made up of a series of halls surrounding courtyard gardens, towers and exquisitely adorned pavilions. Meandering through this ancient mansion is like stepping back in time.

5:00 p.m. Return to hotel

* Please note: 1 shopping stop (tea) will be arranged during the trip, about 45 minutes.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) English-speaking tour guide

2) Admission fees and transportation as listed in the details

What is excluded?

1) Lunch

2) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 3 days in advance. If you cancel 2 days or less before your visit, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged per booking.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from downtown hotel or train station. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Please call Derek @(+86)18957111233 for any urgent matters.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.