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Hangzhou Chinese Tea Culture Day Trip from Shanghai

Hangzhou Chinese Tea Culture Day Trip from Shanghai

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Hangzhou Chinese Tea Culture Day Trip from Shanghai
• Item Code: LSH040
• Trip Duration: Approximately 10 hours
• Visiting: Cruise on West Lake, China National Tea Museum, Longjing Tea Plantation, Meijiawu Tea Village

Details

Key Details
• Tour Duration: Approximately 10 hours
• Live Guide: English & Chinese
• Pick-up Service: Your hotel between 7:00 and 9:00
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your hotel

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up at your hotel
• Drive to Hangzhou
• Cruise on West Lake
• China National Tea Msueum
• Lunch at local restaurant 
• Longjing Tea Plantation
• Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village
• Transfer to your hotel in Shanghai

What's Included
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
• Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
• Services of an English-speaking guide
• Entrance tickets to mentioned attractions
• Lunch at local restaurant

What's Not Included
• Optional activity costs
• Gratuities to guide & driver
• Any other personal expenses

West Lake
West Lake is surrounded on three sides by cloud-capped hills and on the fourth by the city of Hangzhou. Its beauty has been celebrated by writers and artists since the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands which merge with farmed landscape within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets ans painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. West Lake is an outstanding example of a cultural landscape that display with great clarity the ideals of Chinese landscape aesthetics, as expounded by writers and scholars in Tang and Song Dynasties. The landscape of West Lake had a profound impact on the design of gardens not only in China but further afield, where lakes and causeways imitated the harmony and beauty of West Lake. The key components of West Lake still allow it to inspire people to project feelings onto the landscape. The visual parameters of this vast landscape garden are clearly defined, rising to the ridges of the surrounding hills as viewed from Hangzhou. West Lake was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

China National Tea Museum
Situated in the midst of the Longjing Tea Plantation, China National Tea Museum consists of a mix of exhibition halls, tea houses, gardens and pavilions covering some 3,500 square meters, telling the story of tea's emergence from the primeval forest of present-day Sichuan and ascendence to a place of honor in imperial courts and in poets' verses. It also displays how tea in all of its varieties is grown, prepared and brewed, with the highlight coming in the form of a personal tasting in a simple but elegant private room. A knowlegable and skilled attendant introduces several varieties to the guests, then brews samples on a tradtional wooden tea tray using an array of specialized instruments, pots and cups. The Tea Museum's main exhbition building features a Hall of Tea History, Hall of Tea Customs, the Hall of Tea Properties, and even the Tea Friendship Hall, with the Tea Categories Hall arftully displaying over 300 kinds of tea. Beyond the main exhibition, well-tended gardens, tea houses, pavilions and tea terraces await, making the Tea Museum an excellent outing destination.

Meijiawu Tea Village
Meijiawu Tea Village is one of the largest tea plantations in Hangzhou and noted for the world-famous Longjing (Dragon Well) tea. It is called Meijiawu because most villagers have the same family name, Mei, which means plum blossom in Chinese. Meijiawu village is tucked inside the greenery of the mountains and water near West Lake and it is reputed for its history of serving exquisite green tea. Neatly planted rows of tea bushes line up the hillside; meandering soil paths, like brown threads, sew the pieces of green together. This picturesque village offers a great chance to experience the pleasure of tasting tea, watching tea ceremonies (very elaborate, very sophisticated) and most interestingly selecting tea under professional supervision. Known as the best green tea in China. Longjing (Dragon Well) tea is produced pan fried by hand to stop the fermentation process, which refers to drying of the freshly picked leaves, resulting in enzymatic oxidation. This means Longjing tea leaves are unfermented and has the highest concentration of catechins among teas.

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