Pick up from your midtown hotel in Hangzhou and head to a wharf at West Lake for boat cruise, West Lake in Hangzhou is usually considered one of the most beautiful attractions in China. It is surrounded by hills on its three sides, with an area of about 6.5 square kilometers. Three Pools Mirroring the Moon can be seen on this boat ride.
Finish your cruise at the Huagang Park Wharf. Move on to Huagang Park ( Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond Park ). The Huagang Park was a private garden of an official in the Southern Song Dynasty about 800 years ago. Now it has been greatly renovated and turned into large park of over 20 hectares.
After the half day tour at West Lake, we will drive you back to your hotel or drop you at any place you are interested in downtown, end the tour.
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A Sedabn or van with an English speaking driver/guide
Private boat cost 300RMB/boat, or big shared boat ticket 55RMB/pax.
Hotel in Hangzhaou.
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Recommended shows in Hangzhou
The three most famous performances in Hangzhou are the Impression West Lake Show, The Romance of Song Dynasty and Night of West Lake. They respectively display the charming aspects of West Lake and Hangzhou.
Impression West Lake
Impression West Lake is one of China's top live-action performances strongly featuring the local culture and unique charm of Hangzhou's West Lake. It is famous nationwide for its dreamlike and fantastic elegance. Impression West Lake is one of the cultural representations created by Zhang Yimou who is China's most famous movie director and the general director of the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Performing Time: 19:45 to 20:45
Place: No.82, Beishan Road, opposite to Yuefei Temple and Shangri-la Hotel, Hangzhou. Stage is entirely on the Yuehu Lake, which is a natural part of West Lake
Fee: 270RMB to 1000RBM
The Romance of the Song Dynasty
It is an easy and convenient way for visitors to understand the all-encompassing charm of the tangible and intangible heritage comprised of legend, myth, love stories, tradition, history and classical lifestyles of Hangzhou, once the capital of Song Dynasty. The Romance of the Song Dynasty boasts as being one of the three best shows around the world. It is an indoor, panorama style, large-scale performance. It is based on Hangzhou history and mythology and is intermixed with singing, dancing and acrobatics. The performance will give you a pleasant and impressive feeling and can be compared in beauty with the “Moulin Rouge” in Paris and “O Show”in Las Vegas. It is a must for tourists coming to Hangzhou.
Performing Time: 12:40,14:00,18:00,19:20,20:40
Show Venue: Song Dynasty Town, No.148 Zhijiang Road, Hangzhou,China (杭州之江路148号宋城景区)
Fee: 280RMB to 310RMB
Night of West Lake Show
It is another famous indoor night show in Hangzhou.The performance showcases the culture of the region and lasts around one hour. Songs, dances, opera, acrobatics and stunts are integrated in this performance to present the ancient civilization and customs of Hangzhou. There are five scenes as described below.
The first scene - Soldiers Training Performance by Wuyue Ruler. This scene is a recreation of solders training in the Wuyue State over one thousand years ago. The drum and horn are the two main instruments used in this scene. In ancient China the drum and horn were used in the army to call the solders to action, similar to the bugle used today. In this scene the soldiers rush to the stage and stand in line, then Qianwang, ruler of the Wuyue State, appears on stage and direct the training performance. Dating back a thousand years, this scene is deeply rooted in the Wuyue culture. Hangzhou came to prominence in the Wuyue State Period when it served as the capital of the kingdom. Since then the city has gradually become one of the nation’s most important economic, cultural and political centers.
The second scene - The Prosperity of Southern Song Dynasty. Hangzhou reached its political and economic pinnacle in the Southern Song Dynasty. Marco Polo is believed to have visited China during this time. He was amazed to see cities with over a million people, bustling commerce, and busy river and canal traffic. This scene recreates Southern Song prosperity. There are bustling Song-style streets, filled with businessmen from around the country, shops, stores and restaurants. Southern Song songs and dances are also performed in this scene.
The third scene - The Romance of Liangzhu. This performance is based on the tragedy of Liangzhu, a well-known story in China. The performers tell the story using body language, dancing, and acrobatics. Combined with excellent singing they present the story quite effectively, bringing tears to many eyes. The legendary West Lake is where many romance stories and legends allegedly took place. The "Romance of Liangzhu", "Legend of the White Snake", "Love Story of Suxiaoxiao" and "Yuanyu" all have their backgrounds here.
The fourth scene - Artistic Qiantang. Ancient court music is performed in this scene. The music was created for the enjoyment of the Chinese emperors. They are very melodious and will remind you of bygone years. Pretty girls in elegant silk dresses will dance gracefully to the melody. Hangzhou is famous for its silk production and beautiful women. Another feature of this scene is the tea harvest dance
The fifth scene - Get Together at the West Lake. This scene includes drumming, dances, modern shows and cartoon performances. Regardless of whom you are or where you are from, come to West Lake and enjoy its many breath-taking sceneries.
Performance time: 19:15-20:15
Address: Dongpo Grand Theater, No.10, Dongpo Road, Hangzhou
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