Meet your expert guide at your hotel at 8 am and travel to the West Lake. West Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in China, and today you will experience this beauty with a boat ride. Admire the view of the serene lake with its charming gardens and the surrounding hills as you follow your guide on a walk. Discover China’s national treasures in the ancient buildings, stone caves and engraved tablets littered around. Then head out on a boat ride to see more sights. The cruise will take approximately one hour and end at the Flower Harbor, where you can watch and feed the goldfish swimming in the pond! Flower Harbor is renowned for its large variety of flowers, especially peonies. Take in the colorful sights and wonderful scents of the many gardens.
Then your guide will lead you on a trip to Longjing Tea Plantation, and enjoy your lunch in a farmer's restaurant. Later, visit a local farmer’s home, where you will see how the famed Longjing tea (a high-quality green tea) is cultivated. You can also try a sample of newly harvested tea to see for yourself why it is so renowned. Next, follow your guide on a walk through the plantation and see firsthand the process of farming tea trees and picking tea leaves. Hike up the mountain for about an hour to reach a bamboo forest, where you’ll enjoy the dense bamboo groves, remarkable pavilions and beautiful garden scenery. Relax here for a bit and enjoy the serene natural environment.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a walking tour of Hangzhou’s Qinghefang Ancient Street. With buildings built in the architectural style of the Song Dynasty, it is one of the most well-preserved ancient streets in Hangzhou. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, alleyways and courtyards that represent the rich cultural heritage of Hangzhou. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Hangzhou.
Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.
Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:
- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency
- Copy of Flight tickets
- Hotel booking confirmation
- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document)
In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.
Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.
Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
What to Expect on Tour
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
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