Hang Zhou, Heaven On the Earth, Shanghai, August 19

Hang Zhou, Heaven On the Earth Day Tour
West Lake Cruise / Fish & Flower Harbor
Guo Garden Villa / China Tea Museum
Meijiawu Tea Plantation / Qian Tang River

Once Described by Marco Polo as "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world", it has helped making Hang Zhou one of the leading tourist attractions in all of China. It is a city rich with history and culture, spanning back over 2000 years. It made a name for itself in the sixth century, when the Grand Canal opened up and linked the area to other centers of trade. The Song dynasty helped to make Hang Zhou famous when the imperial family moved there in the 12th Century. With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, the area soon became popular with numerous artists, poets and painters seeking inspiration in this little bit of "paradise." A 2.5 hours high way drive will take you to the city of Hang Zhou. You will first cruise across the West Lake to view unforgettable scenery such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai and Su causeways, and Solitary Hill. The boat ride starts at the Fish & Flower harbor and ends up by the Shangri-la Hotel or reverse. After lunch, you will also visit Guo's Villa that is the best existing traditional private garden in Hang Zhou. Dragon Well (Longjing) tea is that famous throughout China, so you will be guided to the China Tea Museum and the Meijiawu Tea Plantation, to discover the history of Chinese tea and the tea ceremony. Stop at the Qiantang River and overlook the Six Harmonies Pagoda.