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Hangzhou Tourist Site - Hangzhou tour

Up above there is heaven, and below there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. This is the most Popular Chinese saying people often describe the picturesque scenery of these two cities.Hangzhou is the capital city of East China’s Zhejiang Provinces, and one of the seven capitals (the others being Xi'an, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Anyang, Beijing, and Nanjing) in ancient China. Located a the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal.

Hangzhou tour to West Lake
Hangzhou's fame is largely due to the picturesque West Lake. Lying in the west of the city, and surrounded by hills on three sides. The West lake is 2.8 kilometers in length and 3.2 kilometers in width. The average depth of water is 1.55 meters. The shallowest is less than one meter deep and deepest being about 2.8 meters. The man-made causeways Su and Bai divide the lake into five separate lakes which are Outer Lake, the North Inner Lake, the West Inner Lake, the Yue Lake, and the Lesser South Lake. There are 18 attractions of the West Lake, and top ten are Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake, Lotus in the Breeze at the Crooked Courtyard, Three Pools Reflecting the Moon, Watching Coldfish in a Flowery Pond, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping, LeiFeng Pagoda in the glow of the Setting Sun, Double Peaks Kissing the Sky, and Snow Scene on the Broken Bridge.
There are 36 west lakes located in different provinces of China. The one in Hangzhou is definitely exceeds all its counterparts. The tourists can forget the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the glorious scenery along the lake. There is a 1,300 meters long cross lake under water tunnel which opened to the public on 10/1/2003
Hangzhou tour to The Grand Canal
China's only waterway running from north to south is 1,747-kilometrerlong Beijing-Hangzhou Canal. It's 10 times length of the Suez Canal(173km in length, built in 1869) and 20 times that of the Panama Canal (81km long, constructed by 1914). The Grand Canal is imposing and famous as the Great Wall. Both of them are testimony of the China history. At the same time, There are five rivers joined by the Grand Canal which respectively are the Haihe, the Yellow River, the Huaihe River, the Yangtze River and Qiangtang River.
Dug more than 2,000 years ago which link the north and south of China politically and economically and culturally in ancient China. Beginning in Beijing, it runs through the Tianjin Municipality, North China's Hebei Province and East China's Shangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The Grand Canal has been one of the most important transportation channels linking North and South China. The section in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces are till full of vitality. By 2005, with the completion of the extension project of the Great Canal, Hangzhou will be accessible to ships with a tonnage of 500 and below. The extension project will connect Hongzhou with the world famous seaport Ningbo by linking a couple of rivers and waterways. The extened section is 252 kilometers in length.
Hangzhou tour to China National Silk Museum
China National Silk Museum located at the foot of Yuhuang hill, by the beautiful bank of West Lake. It opened to public in1992 and since 2004 people can visit if for free. China National Silk Museum is the first state-level silk not only in China, but also the biggest silk Museum throughout the world. It's exhibiting over 5,000 years of silk development history of China which include silk products from the Neolithic Age to dynasties times as well as some in present days. Beside, three Silk Roads, through desert, sea and land, are all displayed in the museum. China National Silk Museum offers free guide, free audio guide, free pamphlets on silk information, and even free wheelchairs for the disabled. The museum itself is a good combination of culture, tourism and trade. It is also an educational base for both adults and children.
Hangzhou tour to The Peak That Flew Here (Fei Lai Feng)
The Peak That Flew Here is separated from The Soul's Retreat Temple. By 326 in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420), according to legend an Indian monk came here and claimed that this limestone mountain flew all the way from India and landed here. Limestone caves, which are very rare in China, are extremely common in India. To fortify his claim he said the hill had a white monkey in a cave there.
The Peak That Flew Here has over 280 ancient stone sculptures dating between the 10th and 14th centuries, such as the Guan Yin Acarya, the Laughing Buddha, and the God of Prosperity, can be found carved into the limestone grottoes and are the masterpieces of grotto arts since the late Tang Dynasty. It is further believed that the huge number of Gods carved into this mountain would suppress it from ever moving away again.
Hangzhou tour to Lingyin Temple (Soul’s Retreat temple )
The ancestor of the temple is monk Huili from west India. The name of Lingyin Temple of Soul's Retreat Temple comes naturally form its quite surroundings. With deeply forested hills on three sides, it seems that some Buddhas are reclusive here. It's built during the Eastern Jin Dynasty some 1,600 years ago which is the largest and most resplendent temple in Hanzhou. The temple is ruined and rebuilt many times over the centuries. It has recently taken new look showing the original splendour.
Along the central axis are five grand halls: the Hall of heavenly King, the Hall of the Great Hero(Sakyamuni), the Hall of Medicine Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru), the Library of Sutras, and the Hall of Flower Adornment. Along the two sides of the central buildings stand the hill of the Five Hundred Arhats.
In the hall of the heavenly King seated in the centre is a statue of Maitreya, the fat-bare-bellied Buddha with a smiling face. The Hall of the Great Hero is the main hall which contains the famous statue of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, in a height of 33.6 meters, not only does it look lofty and glorious, but also it is believed to be the highest hall among all the temples or monasteries of Chinese Buddhism across the whole country. Behind Sakyamuni is a colorful group-sculpture of 150 Buddhas representing an episode from the Buddhist scriptures.
Hangzhou tour to Huagang Park
Huagang Park means viewing fish in a flowering Harbor. The environment is suitable for lover dating and friends gathering etc. It's located on a peninsula between the Inner Lake and the Small Southern Lake. Huangang park consist of the Red Fish Pool, the flower harbor, the Peony Yard, and the forest zone. The most attractive place is the Red Fish Pool. More than 10,000 red carps are leaping one after another when visitors feed them to make half of the pond in red color.
Hangzhou tour to Hupao Spring
By direct translation, Hupao Spring means Tiger Running Spring. It's reputed to be the third spring under heaven. Legendly, there is monk named XingKong plan to set a temple here during Dang Dynasty (618-907). Later he gives up this location because of no water. Coincidentally, he dreamed at night that an immortal told him that two mighty tigers would move a fountain there. To his surprise, two mighty tigers came in the following day from Mountain Hengshan and dug a hole in the spot where the spring immediately gushed forth. In reality, the Hupao Spring is formed by underground water seeping through veins and cracks within quartz sandstone. With pure and sweet water, the spring holds the first place among springs in the West Lake. Use Hupao spring water to cook Longjing tea is perfect match. No wonder they are acknowledged as "two wonders of West Lake".
Hangzhou tour to Mausoleum of General Yue Fei
Brief introduction of Yue Fei (1103 - 1141): He came from Xiangzhou in Henan Province today. He was a great general work for NanSong Dynasty. YueFei lead his troops won wars against the Jin all the time. When his army taken most of the lost territory, emperor Gaozong embraced the evil plot of Qin Kuai (the Prime Minister of the NanSong Dynasty) and surrendered to the Jin. As a result, Yue Fei was falsely accused and later secretly killed in jail. A few years later, the wrong was put right when next Emperor Xiao Zong came to power. The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was built in memory of this great hero. Yue Fei is always considered as a national hero. He is an excellent poet as well. His poem full of patriotic sensation which collected in the book named YueWuMuJi.
The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei has been demolished and renovated several times. The existing one was rebuilt in 1715 in the Qing Dynasty and comprehensively repaired in 1979. It's located near the West Lake and occupied 4 acres. In front of the Mausoleum stands a gate. Going through the gate and along a corridor, you will see the Mausoleum of Yue Fei at the center. He is in a colorful embroidered round cushion cover. Looking solemn and mighty, he has a sword in his hand and looks as if he is ready to protect his country. Over the sculpture is tablet in the original handwriting of Yue Fei, which states returning our territory and keeping it integrated. In front of the tomb gate, four iron figures kneel with hands behind their backs. Those figures are the statues of Qin Hui, Qin's wife, Zhang Jun, etc. It was them they who betrayed Yue Fei and caused his death.
Hangzhou tour to National Tea Museum
China is the birthplace of tea with the longest history of tea culture. The National Tea Museum located at the west side West Lake. It occupies 3.7 hectares and 8,000 square meters construction area. This museum is the only one in China with the tea theme. It's clustered around the tea plantations without external walls. Inside the museum, the fake hills, ponds, follower corridors and water side pavilions are well organized as a fairy land.There are six major independent but interrelated exhibition halls which are Hall of Tea History, the Kaleidoscope Hall, the Hall of Tea Properties, the Tea-friendship Hall, the Tea Sets Hall, and the Tea Customs Hall. Hall of Tea history introduced tea production and development in China. The Kaleidoscope Hall shows different tea swatches not only from China, but also from abroad countries. Tea set Hall exhibits the evolvement of tea tools in different period of time. The Hall of Tea Properties tells the scientific knowledge of tea cooking and drinking. The Tea Customs Hall states the etiquette of tea drinking in different provinces and dynasties.
Hangzhou tour to Six Harmonies Pagoda
Six Harmonies Pagoda is in octagon shape with 60 meters high which supported by 24 pillars. The pagoda was constructed first in 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty in order to suppress the tidewater of Qiantang River (totally 410 kilometers and the drainage area Beijing 42,000 square kilometers). A Panoramic view of the Qiantang River and its bridge is afforded from the top. If tourists are on any of the three days after the Mid-Autumn Festival, they will witness the spectacular Qiantang River Bore which is one of the magnificent sights of Nature in China. A huge wall of water rushes in with a thunderous roar. The roar of the high tides is answered by the beating of gongs and drums along the banks of the river, creating an occasion never to be forgotten.
Hangzhou tour to Southern Song Official Kiln Museum
Southern Song (960-1279) Official kiln produces high-class chinaware for royal family's daily use and decoration. In China, pottery history goes through 8,000 years, and porcelain history is more than 2,000 years.Southern Song official Kiln Museum is lying to the south edge of West Lake. It's built over the remains of official kiln at they year of 1990, and opened to the public by 1992. The building construction is Southern Song Dynasty's style with short house ridge and slope roof. It's first museum with pottery and porcelain as its subject in China. The museum consists of three parts: the protection hall of ancient official kiln site, the relics exhibition hall, and traditional workshop hall. The protection hall of ancient official kiln site is the real porcelain production and firing site before 800 years ago. After archaeological excavations, the site is properly protected. The existing area is about 1500 square meters. There are three rooms inside exhibition hall. The first room is displaying many delicate chinaware treasures of past dynasties unearthed in Hangzhou. While in the second room, one can study the history of China's ceramics as well as the social, political and economic base and development after the establishment of official kilns in Southern Song Dynasty. And in the third one, visitors can see the fruits of research on the ancient porcelain of China and the products in imitation of the famous products of kilns made by modern technology. In workshop hall, there is a set of duplication equipment. Visitors can get fun of making antique porcelain personally.
Hangzhou tour to The Thousand-Islet Lake.
Well know for its pristine water and picturesque scenery, the Thousand-Islet Lake, composed of 1,078 islands. Forest covers nearly 93% of the lake area, which is home to more than 1,800 varieties of plants and 2,100 wild animals. With an average depth of 34 meters, its water transparency reaches 7 to 12 meters.In early 2002, two ancient towns, both more than 1,800 years old, were discovered under the Thousand-Islet Lake. Located near the Xin'an River, Chun'an and Sui'an started as countries in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). The two towns were inundated 40 years ago to make way for a reservoir. Historical records show that the two towns adopted architectural styles using bricks, wood, stones and tiles. A dozen trial dives led to the discovery of the town of Sui'an. An underwater camera has recorded the whole process of finding the ancient complex.
Hangzhou tour to Xiling Seal Engraver's Society.
Xiling Seal Engravers'Society is a famous academic society for studying inscriptions on bronzes and stone tablets. It was founded by a group of epigraphists in 1904. Wu Changshuo was appointed as the first director. By the end of 2005, Xiling Seal Engraver's society has 313 members from China mainland, Hongkong, Marco, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Czech, and Canada, etc. The society now has numerous valued inscriptions and stone carvings from Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) to the year of 1940 which spans more than 1800 years. The society is a traditional garden situated on the solitary Hill by West Lake. Cypress Hall, Bamboo Chamber, Revered Sages' Pavilion, Happiness Tower and Pagoda of Avatamsaka Sutra are the main buildings inside the garden. There is Sanlao stele kept inside the stone house with 217 legible characters which records the events which happened in the year of the Eastern Han Dnasty. Both Chinese and foreign epigraphists treat it as a treasured work of art.



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