Three New Grand Canal Cruise Routes Available
Just recently, three new Grand Canal cruise routes have been introduced to offer residents and tourists alike more ways to absorb the beauty of the century-old UNESCO world heritage, Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal – Hangzhou section. These routes are UNESCO World Heritage Essence Cruise, Qiantang River Night Cruise and Grand Canal – Tangqi Ancient Town Cherry Picking Special.
The UNESCO World Heritage Essence Cruise conveniently connects most of historical sites along the Grand Canal – Hangzhou Section, such as Fuyi Granary, Qiaoxi Historic Block, and Gongchen Bridge, etc. The cruise leaves from Xiangji Temple wharf at 10:30, travels to Gongchen Bridge wharf, and then returns to Xiangji Temple wharf at 15:30.
Just as the name suggests, Qiantang River Night Cruise is only available at night. Every day the tourist boat departs from Wulinmen wharf at 18:30 and then takes you on a three-hour-long discovery trip, which infuses the beauty of both the marvelous Grand Canal and the majestic Qiantang River, to see how the two converge. During the cruise, you will pass by West Lake Cultural Square, San Bao Ship Lock, and Qiantang River Bridge, etc. and see from afar the stunningly-illuminated Qianjiang New City’s avant-garde architecture as well as the grand Olympic Sports Center.
Last but not the least is the Tangqi Ancient Town Cherry Picking Special, which is exclusive to the Grand Canal Culture Cherry Picking Festival that takes place till May 2. During the festival, people can take tourist boats at Wulinmen wharf to enjoy the fun of fruit picking, after having been overawed by the beauty of the Grand Canal. Boats are available all day long and depart as soon as the number of passengers reaches ten. After the one-hour Grand Canal cruise, you will then reach Guangji Bridge at Tangqi Ancient Town, which is one of the six historical relics of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. After enjoying the fun of cherry picking, you will return to Wulinmen wharf in the afternoon.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.