The innovative free bicycle service in beautiful Hangzhou guarantees a cycling adventure around picturesque downtown Hangzhou. This new method of transport is now widely preferred by many travelers, and will offer you cherished memories not easily forgotten. Your personal route could be as follows:
In the morning, you will meet your guide at the hotel and start your tour in Hangzhou, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in China. First, you will take a leisurely bicycle tour around the West Lake, which has been an inspiration to numerous painters and poets with her natural and historical beauty. Afterwards take a car ride to visit Pagoda of Six Harmonies, a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture, where you can get a panoramic view of the Qiantang River from the very top.
After this, head to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, and you will be amazed by the profound history and culture of Chinese medicine. Take an excursion along Hefang Street and experience the marketplaces and the civil customs of this ancient street. There are more than 100 stores filled with tea, Chinese medicine, silk, foods, curios, paintings and hard-to-find items. Later in the afternoon, head back to your hotel.
Hangzhou Hiking Tour
The trip starts in the morning, when we start our climb from the foot of the hill by Yellow Dragon Cave and continue all the way to the top to see the Baochu Pagoda.
Baochu Pagoda, originally called Yingshang Pagoda, was constructed between 968 and 975 during the Northern Song Dynasty. Legend has it that after founding the Northern Song Dynasty, Zhao Kuangyin, the new emperor, called the king of Wuyue, Qian Chu, to the capital at Kaifeng. Qian Chu’s uncle, Wu Yanshuang, prayed for his safe return and had this inspiring pagoda constructed, naming it Baochu Pagoda – Tower of Blessing Chu.
It is situated on Precious Stone Hill. Originally called Shimu Hill or Baoshu Hill, the hill consists of rhyolite and tough rocks, which shine dazzlingly bright in the sun like real jaspers. Odd shaped stones are scattered on the hill, such as Yiyuan Stone, Tunxia Stone, Fengxiang Stone, and Luoxin Stone. It is for this reason that it is named Precious Stone Hill. In particular, Baochu Pagoda and many purple rocks on the hill sparkle like inlaid diamonds in the morning or evening sunlight. Hence, this panoramic scene is known as Precious Stone Hill Floating in Rosy Clouds.
Local people often come here simply for leisure time or for doing morning exercises. Climbing the hill you will breathe the fresh air and enjoy a moment of quietude. You will be especially surprised when getting to the top of the hill, an excellent view of the West Lake will materialize in front of you like a beautiful Chinese water painting.
Grand Canal Night Cruise Tour
This is a great tour of Hangzhou to experience a thousand years of recorded history on the Beijing–Hangzhou Grand Canal. Every summer, you can enjoy the large cluster of ancient buildings on both shores and experience the millennial heritage of the Grand Canal.
The canal night cruise has large, medium and small vessels available, starting from Wulin Gate to Gongchen Bridge. The whole trip takes about one hour. Cruises start from 7:30pm every day at Wulin Gate wharf, launching approximately every hour. Along the way you can see Emperor Qianlong's Imperial Dock, the imperial granary, Qianlong Fang, the new Xiangji Temple, and the famous Jiangnan Bridge – Gongchen Bridge.
The Xiangji Temple is opened from 5:00pm to 9:00pm daily, where you can not only burn incense and pray, but also view the beautiful classic Buddhist features of the temple. From Xiangji Temple it is about five minutes' walk to Shengli River Food Street, where you can sample some classic Hangzhou cuisine, definitely not to be missed.
Also, Xizhi Street and Dadou Road Historic Block, a short walk from the temple, make for a great stroll at night. Starting from the Wulin Gate wharf heading south to the Grand Canal, there are a multitude of sights to see as the ship passes through three locks. The whole trip takes about three hours. The best view is where the Qiantang meets the Grand Canal; the two sides are ablaze with lights under the night sky. The juxtaposition of the graceful canal coupled with the majesty of the Qiantang River view is breathtaking.
Generally, you will be picked up from your hotel at around 6:30pm and then taken to the Wulin Gate wharf by car. The whole trip on the canal is three hours and a half across the Grand Canal and the Qiantang River. After arriving back at the Wulin Gate wharf, catch a taxi back to your hotel and your tour ends.
Night Cruise Trip on West Lake
From mid-April to mid-October, Hangzhou’s West Lake cruise is an important source of entertainment. A boat trip upon the West Lake will fill you with excitement. The West Lake night cruise route starts from No.5 Lakeside Park and ends back at the terminal. One trip around the lake takes about 50 minutes.
There are various kinds of boats. The largest ones are Fang Song (Song Dynasty style) boats, which can seat 70 to 80 people. On board you can enjoy the charming lake at night and enjoy the zither and other performances as you leisurely sip a cup of tea. Boarding begins at about 6:30pm and from 7:00pm onward a ship departs every hour. Your private tour guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:00pm. You will then be escorted to the wharf of No.5 Lakeside Park. After the cruise tour, we'll go to see the music fountain show near the West Lake.
Coordinated music and water fountains create entertaining and inspiring water patterns that flow and drift in harmony with each other. Also, there are many groups of local people singing traditional and well-known local songs. You can feel the real leisurely life that Hangzhou offers her visitors. Lastly, take a walk along Hubin Road, which is one of the most famous roads in Hangzhou. Here, you can find the world’s top brands such as Rolex, Ferrari, Giorgio Armani, Hermes etc. There are also lots of fancy restaurants located in this area, serving tasty cuisine. We'll take you back to your hotel at around 9:00pm.