Spend a day relaxing in the city of Shaoxing on this 8-hour guided tour from Hangzhou. Set sail on a Chinese Wupeng boat to discover more about the Shen Garden and why it is known as a symbol of love. Learn about the Chinese art of calligraphy at the Lanting Orchid Pavillion , and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Your day begins with a pickup from your Hangzhou hotel at 8:30am. Meet your guide and travel about an hour to Shaoxing. The hometown of the writer Lu Xun, the prefecture-level city of Shaoxing in Hangzhou Bay is lined with canals. Board a Wupeng boat to take in the town’s ancient bridges, the residences facing the water, and the bazaars by the canal’s banks. The boats are covered with an awning that is woven out of thin bamboo strips, and painted shiny black. These boats are special to the town, and are one of the most traditional modes of transport for local residents. There is no better way to explore the town.Next, walk to Shen Garden, which, during the Southern Song Dynasty, was the private garden of a wealthy Shaoxing businessman named Shen. At the time, it was the largest private garden in Shaoxing, and potentially in all of China. The garden has inspired many poets with its beautiful scenery.After enjoying a delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, your guide will lead you on a short walk to the Lanting Orchid Pavilion. See skilled displays of orchid arrangement and marvel at the beautiful finished pieces. The pavilion was the location of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering in the year 353, and is famous for the calligraphy of Wang Xizhi. At that time, 42 members of the literati gathered at the pavilion to drink together and write poetry. To this day, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese calligraphy, with a history of over 1600 years. Conclude your tour with a drop-off back at your hotel in Hangzhou.Please note: A minimum of two adults per booking is required.