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Hangzhou: Private Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

1. Hangzhou: Private Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

After pick-up in a private air-conditioned vehicle visit the Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum. The museum consists of three sections the exhibition zone, the experience zone and the operation zone. The experience zone and operation zone are the main parts. The museum exhibits some 110 cultural relics related to the Hangzhou cuisine, a branch of the broader Zhejiang cuisine, as well as nearly 200 lifelike artificial dishes. The museum also features Hangzhou cuisine workshops and restaurants to demonstrate the food culture of Hangzhou. Next visit the local Wet Market where traditionally the freshest local products are sold. Learn how to grocery shop like the Hangzhounese and bargain hard for the ingredients for today's menu. Continue your tour to Meijiawu Tea Village. With a local tea farmer and chef by your side fire up your wok and transform those raw ingredients into authentic Chinese food. Later drive to the highlight of Hangzhou, the West Lake. It was awarded as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Enjoy the beauty that has attracted numerous literati, who left behind works of literature and poetry to describe the lake. Enjoy a boat trip on the West Lake to see some of the top attractions, such as Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Melting Snow on Broken Bridge, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and so on. Your final stop is the Tea House. Discover the famous Longjing tea, which was granted the status of imperial tea in the Qing dynasty by the Kangxi Emperor. You will have a chance to taste the tea and learn how the farmers produce the tea. You will also find out how to recognize the quality of the Dragon Well tea. After the tour ends you will be taken back to your hotel or Hangzhou train station.

From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

2. From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, Hangzhou is one of the leading tourist destinations in all of China. It is a city rich with history and was once the capital of China in the 12th Century. After a 3-hour drive, you will first cruise across the West Lake to view unforgettable scenery such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai Causeway and Solitary Hill. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you will visit Guo’s Villa, one of the best traditional private gardens in the city. Hangzhou is also famous for its Dragon Well tea and you can discover the history of Chinese tea and the traditional tea ceremony on a visit to the Meijiawu Tea Village. Before returning to Shanghai, you will enjoy a drive along the Qiantang River where you can view the Liuhe Pagoda, also known as the Six Harmonies Pagoda. On this tour, you can immerse yourself in the history of Shanghai with the assistance of your own personal guide.


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What people are saying about Hangzhou

We were really lucky because we had a private tour with our amazing guide Grace to Hangzhou. Although the weather wasn't that good Grace made our tour a great experience for us. The West Lake where we had a 45 minute boat ride was beautiful. The lunch at a local restaurant was the best we had in and around Shanghai. It is a long drive to Hangzhou but totally worth it!

Guide was very good and knowledgable. But it take about 5hrs back and forth In the Bus to get to Hangzhou and visiting the tea village was just about selling you their stuff and disappointing. West lake Area is really nice but better to stay there overnight than this 1-day trip.

We had a great time. It was my 3rd trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai and I learned more from Grace, our Grayline guide, then I did with the other two trips combined!

Very nice trip with Franck who is a résolu good instructive tour guide