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1 Day tour of picturesque Hangzhou

You tour the scenic cultural highlights of Hangzhou on a full-day private tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. You'll take a boat ride on West Lake and visit Lingyin Temple which is the richest temple in China. The same, you can appreciate the grotesque Feilai Peak. Your visiting of No. 1 mansion in China "the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan" adds more fun to the trip. In the tour, you are able to learn about Chinese history and architecture and very meaningful.

Tour Code :
A0069
Duration :
1 days
Destinations :
Hangzhou
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $90
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    Day 1 Hangzhou           

    Hangzhou: Lingyin Temple-Feilai Peak-the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan-West Lake  

     Driver and tour guide will pick you up from hotel at 7:30AM to 8AM. In the morning you will visit Lingyin Temple, according to legend ,which was originally built by a Buddhist monk from India. The legend also says that Feilai Peak (“Peak Flying from Afar”), just across from the temple, was transported through the air to the site directly from India. Next you will visit the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan. Built with an enormous sum of money by a 19th-century pharmaceutical magnate, the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan has been called “China’s Number One Mansion.” The iconic West Lake is Hangzhou’s most famous attraction. You will have a relaxing boat tour to enjoy the scenery of West Lake, which is surrounded on one side by a modern downtown area and on the other sides by the natural beauty of Hangzhou’s hills. After the tour, you will be sent back to Shanghai.

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      West Lake

     


Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

      1 pick- up /Drop- off from hotel,railway staion or airport(excharge fee)
      2 Air-conditioned private car ,van or bus.
      3 Site Entrance tickets.
      4 Professional English-speaking tour guide .

Exclusions

           1. Tips to the guide and driver
      2. Personal expense.
      3. Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your reqest)

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    West Lake

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                          West Lake (Xihu)

      An old Chinese saying declares the beauty of Suzhou and Hangzhou: "There is a paradise in heaven, Suzhou andHangzhou on earth." Centuries later, Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most enchanting city in the world. This charm is most evident in the West Lake (also known as Xihu) area which effectively functions as the center of Hangzhou. The lake is surrounded by hills on three sides while Hangzhou city itself is on the eastern shore. Ancient Chinese people praised the area around West Lake as a land of intoxicating beauty. Su Shi, a poet in the Song Dynasty, compared West Lake to Xi Zi, the most beautiful woman in ancient China. These poetic sentiments leave one in no doubt of the glory of the scenery that inspired them.

    West Lake

      The long beach and blooming lotus make a picturesque West LakeIt is kind of summer romance to sail on the pretty West Lake

      Although a dam was built, West Lake was still naturally shallow and silted up, making navigation and commerce on the lake difficult to impossible. Around 1090 AD, Hangzhou governor Su Shi oversaw the dredging of West Lake to try and fix the problem. The waste dredged from the lake was used to construct a causeway. This new "Su Causeway" stretched for 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles). It is lined with weeping willow, hibiscus and magnolia trees, and is interconnected by six stone bridges. You can still go for a stroll along the causeway and through the weeping willows and picture the thousands of workers deepening the lake almost one millennium ago.

      It is fascinating and relaxing to stroll on the causeway of West Lake in the eveningA bird's eye view of the spectacular West Lake

      To understand better about the beauty of the West Lake, visitors should know about the "Ten Scenes of the West Lake" (also 10 Scenic Spots in Xihu), are ten best-known scenic spots of or next to the West Lake. They are: Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring, Curved Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer, Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn, Remnant Snow on the Bridge in Winter, Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset, Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, and Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill. These ten distinctive scenes make the West Lake a charming fairyland with endless interest.

      West Lake is the pride of Hangzhou, and a favorite spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern city, After work or on weekends, city-dwellers leave their concrete, noise pollution, and hectic schedules behind to meet along the shores of West Lake to stroll or "eat some tea," (an expression the Chinese use for drinking a cup of tea full of Dragonwell tea leaves). Don't miss the chance to visit this charming place and find out why the locals have treasured it so much for so long. If you do come, spring is the best time to visit Hangzhou. Flowers and blossoming fruit trees will be abundant, lining the lake and causeways while filling the air with sweetness and romance.

    West Lake

      Ten Scenes of West Lake

      Traditionally, there are ten best-known scenic spots on the West Lake, each remembered by a four-character epithet. Collectively, they are known as the "Ten Scenes of West Lake" (10 Scenic Spots in West Lake 西湖十景). Each is marked by a stele with an epithet written in the calligraphy of the Qianlong Emperor. They are:

      Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring (蘇堤春曉)

      Curved Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer (曲院風荷)

      Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn (平湖秋月)

      Remnant Snow on the Bridge in Winter (斷橋殘雪)

      Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset (雷峰夕照)

      Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds (雙峰插雲)

      Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪聞鶯)

      Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond (花港觀魚)

      Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon (三潭印月)

      Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill (南屏晚鐘)

      Attractions

      Yue Fei Memorial Hall

      Other attractions include:

      Yue Fei Temple (岳王廟), the tomb and memorial hall to Yue Fei (岳飛).

      Lingyin Temple (靈隱寺), a Buddhist monastery and surrounding hills and gardens.

      Long Jing tea farms (龍井茶園), an area renowned for the quality of its tea leaves.

      Jingci Temple

      Galloping Tiger Spring (虎跑夢泉), a spring famous for its mineral water.

      Tomb of Su Xiao Xiao (蘇小小墓)

      Tomb of Wu Song (武松墓)

      The West Lake Museum (located on the lake shore) is dedicated to the cultural heritage of the West Lake.

    West Lake

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    Lingyin Temple

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      Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Chan sect located north-west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. The temple's name is commonly literally translated as Temple of the Soul's Retreat.

    Lingyin Temple

     It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Budddhist grottoes.The monastery is the largest of several temples in the Wulin Mountains, which also features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the Feilai Feng (literally "the peak that flew hither").

      Lingyin Temple

      Layout of Lingyin Temple

    The main axis of Lingyin follows a traditional Song dynasty five-hall Chan sect structure. The main axis stretches up the Lingyin Hill. However, the five-hall axis is a recent recreation. Only the front three halls are a part of the Qing dynasty axis.

    Lingyin TempleHall of the Heavenly Kings: The formal entrance of the temple is the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. This hall is a double-eaved building. The front of the building carries a plaque ( literally "Chan temple of the Clouds and Forests"), written by the Kangxi Emperor. The principal statue in this hall is that of the Maitreya Buddha in his manifestation as the cloth bag monk, or the Laughing Buddha. At the back, facing up the hill, is the Skanda Buddha, or Weituo as he is known in Chinese. This statue dates from the Southern Song Dynasty. Being 800 years old this is the oldest and most important statue in the temple. Arranged along the left and right are the Four Heavenly Kings. The ceiling is ornately painted and decorated with phoenixes and dragons.

      Lingyin Temple

      The four heavenly kings are imposing. Visitors to the temple are often impressed by the size and majesty of the entrance hall and its statues of the heavenly kings. Indeed, the hall of the Heavenly Kings at the Lingyin Temple is as large or larger than the main hall at many temples, reflecting its status as the centre of Buddhism in south-eastern China.

      Lingyin Temple

    The Hall of the Heavenly Kings is the formal Lingyin Templeentrance to the temple. However, this entry has been closed in recent years, with visitors funneled instead through side doors, where separate ticket offices are set up for admission to the temple.

      Grand Hall of the Great Sage: The second and principal hall is the Mahavira Hall, or the Grand Hall of the Great Sage. It is separated from the Hall of the Heavenly Kings by a large courtyard, featuring a raised lawn bordered with trees. To the left of the courtyard stands the Hall of the Five Hundred Arhats. The Grand Hall of the Great Sage is triple eaved and stands 33.6 metres tall. It houses, as is traditional, a statue of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The present statue was carved in 1956 from camphor wood in Tang Dynasty style and coated with 60 taels of gold. It is the largest wooden Buddhist statue in China. At the back of the main statue is a statue of Guanyin, backed by a large screen that features the carved images of some 150 Buddhist personalities, including the pilgrims of the Journey to the West, Daoji, and arhats. Arranged along the sides of the hall are images of the 18 principal arhats, and other prominent Buddhists. The interior of the hall reaches about 30 metres, with a gold-painted ceiling featuring base relief images of traditional Buddhist symbols.

      Lingyin Temple

    The Hall of Five Hundred Arhats, also a modern addition, faces onto the western side of the courtyard in front of the main hall. The building has a complex floor plan, shaped like a Buddhist swastika. Along the arms of the swastika are arranged the five hundred arhats as slightly larger-than-life bronze statues. Each statue is seated on a unique ornate seat. At the centre, where the arms of the swastika join, stands a bronze canopy housing statues of four bodhisattvas representing the four cardinal directions. This is currently the tallest solid bronze structure in the world.

      Lingyin Temple

      The Feilai Feng Grottoes

    Lingyin TempleFeilai Feng, or "the Peak that Flew Hither", also commonly translated as "Flying Peak", is located in front of the temple proper. The peak is so-named because it is made of limestone, giving it a craggy appearance very different from the surrounding mountains. Legend holds that the peak was originally from India (with some versions suggesting that it is Vulture Peak), but flew to Hangzhou overnight as a demonstration of the omnipotence of Buddhist law. A large number of carvings dot the surface of the peak. More are located in various caves and grottoes throughout the peak. Within the main cave, dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, there is a crack in the ceiling of the cave that stretches up to the surface, so that a person standing at a certain position can see a sliver of sunlight. This is known as the "one thread of heaven".

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    Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

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      Hu Xueyan (1823-1885), was a local celebrity in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province. He was one of the richest and most famous businessmen in Qing Dynasty.

      Hu started his career in his early youth as an assistant in a private bank and later established his own business with support from the governors and friends. Based on private banks and pawnshops, he expanded business in to fields such as food, silk, medicine, etc. He donated much money and gave mush assistance to the Qing government and was therefore allowed to wear a red cap and cited as an honorary official.

    Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

      The construction of Hu Xueyan's residence began in 1872 (the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Tongzhi in Qing Dynasty) on Yuanbao Street in Hangzhou and lasted for three years. The residence spans an area of 10.8 mu (one mu equals 0.0667 hectares), with construction area of 5,815 square meters. It is said that the whole construction cost 3 million taels of silver.

      The house is a complex of more than 20 buildings in the typical landscape style of the south of Yangtze River and an excellent example of the magnificent residences of the late Qing Dynasty. It was built in traditional Chinese style, with many pavilions, terraces, bridges, verandas, rockeries, all ingeniously designed. Fine brick engraves, wood engraves, stone graves are scattered many where. Many high class trees like purple sandalwood, gingko are planted in the courtyard.

      The rockery in the Zhiyuan Garden is the largest artificial karst cave in China. In addition, the splendid house was built using a great quantity of high-grade timber, such as red sandalwood, nanmu, ginkgo, hoop pine and Chinese beech.

    Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

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    Feilai Peak

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       Feilai Peak, also named Lingjiu Peak, stands in front of Lingyin Temple. It was said that an Indian monk by the name of Huili, upon his arrival in the valley, was surprised to see a mountain towering in the valley. He wondered aloud "when did a mountain fly all the way from India to this place?" - Hence the name. With a height of 209m, Feilai Peak differs dramatically from the surrounding mountains in its composition of pure limestone while the surrounding mountains are of sandstone. Many grotesque stones in the shapes of a charming dragon, a prostrate tiger, a walking elephant, and a scared ape are scattered about the mountainside. Their unusual colors make this mountain distinctive among the nearby hills and mountains. Yuandao, a celebrity of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), praised the Feilai Peak as number one in comparison with all other hills and mountains around the West Lake.

    Feilai Peak Feilai Peak

      According to legend, the mountain had flown all round and destroyed many villages before it settled down in Hangzhou. In order to prevent it from further flying and causing more damage, over 500 Buddha statues which date from the 10th to 14th centuries were carved out of the stone to suppress the mountain. The biggest Buddha image is the Maitreya with cloth bag on shoulder, otherwise known as the Buddha of Joy. With exposed breast and belly, it has occupied a cliff along the brook, laughing since the Northern Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD) up to now.

      Feilai Peak is so dissimilar from other hills near West Lake that there is no doubt that it truly is a foreign guest to the landscape. Many of these stone statues are quite unique and have unparalleled values in the art history, so they represent the highest level of stone carving grottoes in South of China.

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