The time has come again for the West Lake Night Cruise to set sail - so why not step aboard in style and celebrate with the most important woman in the world. Cruising along the West Lake with your mother in tow is a magical way to spend any day but what makes this Mothering Sunday so special is the night cruise which guarantees to leave you and your loved one enlightened by the sights and sounds of the city’s glistening masterpiece.
The West Lake Night Cruise consists of many different types of boat with each catering to almost every need. Why not let your minds drift as boatmen row you away from the bustling crowds or if you dare why not attempt to drive a boat yourself. Whether you immerse yourselves in a Jiangnan Si Zhu* performance while savoring a cup of Longjing green tea, or simply soak up the beauty of the West Lake at night, either way, this Mother’s Day is sure to be overflowing with fond memories to come.
*Jiangnan Si Zhu is a traditional Han National music performance by musical instruments such as Erhu, Pipa and flute and is a grade one National Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Dragon Boat and Coffee Boat
Where to Board: No. 5 Lakeside Park wharf Hours: 18:30 to 21:30 from May to late Aug.;
18:00 to 21:00 from Sept. to Oct. Cruise Time: 50 Minutes Cruise Route: No. 5 Lakeside Park wharf → Bai Causeway → Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake → Su Causeway → Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (stay on the islet for five minutes) → Orioles Singing in the Willows → Hubin Music Fountain → No. 5 Lakeside Park wharf Price: Adult: RMB 90 per person which includes a fruit platter, a cup of Longjing green tea and Jiangnan Si Zhu performance.
Children from 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters: 50% discount.
Where to Board: No. 1 Lakeside Park wharf (dusk cruise), No. 2 Lakeside Park wharf (dusk cruise and night cruise); Children’s Palace wharf (Night Cruise); Hours: May to late Aug.: 17:00 to 18:00 for dusk cruise and 18:00 to 21:30 for night cruise;
Sept. to Oct.: 17:00 to 18:00 for dusk cruise and 18:00 to 21:00 for night cruise Cruise Time: 50 Minutes Cruise Route:
1. No. 1 or No.2 Lakeside Park wharf → Hubin Music Fountain → Bai Causeway → Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake → Su Causeway → Three Pools Mirroring the Moon → Orioles Singing in the Willows → No. 1 or No.2 Lakeside Park wharf
2. Children’s Palace wharf → the Broken Bridge → Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake → Su Causeway →Three Pools Mirroring the Moon → Orioles Singing in the Willows → Hubin Music Fountain → Children’s Palace wharf Price: Adult: RMB 50 per person
Children from 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters: 50% discount
Team over 25 people: 20% discount
Where to Board: Broken Bridge Self-drive Boat wharf Hours: 18:30 to 21:00 Cruise Route: Flexible but have to get on and off the boat on fixed wharf Price: RMB 40 per hour for four-seat boat;
RMB 50 per hour for six-seat boat (charging starting from one hour)
Rowing Boat and Sculling Boat
Where to Board: Rowing Boat wharf around the West Lake Hours: From 18:30 to 21:00 for Sculling Boat and from 18:30 to 22:00 for Rowing Boat (Friday, Saturday and national holidays, business hours are lengthened by half an hour) Cruise Route: Flexible but have to get on and off the boat on fixed wharf Price: RMB 180 per hour per boat for Sculling Boat which can accommodate a maximum of 11 people;
RMB 150 per hour per boat for rowing boat which can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.
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.