Buddhist Culture Trip to Ningbo & Putuo

HZ10: 7 Days Hangzhou    Ningbo - Putuo - Shanghai
Day 1 Arrival in Hangzhou
Our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area at Hangzhou Airport or Railway Station and afterwards transfer you to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Hangzhou
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Today your private tour is scheduled with the West Lake by boat, the Lingyin Temple, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum. The West Lake has for long been well known for its alluring scenery. No matter what season or time it is, you could always enjoy the picturesque scenery here. One of its attraction sites, the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon has showed up on the one-RMB paper money. Besides, the West Lake Scenic Area is rich in cultural relics. Lingyin Temple and the Six Harmonies Pagoda are among them. Situated in a long valley and endowed with beautiful scenery and tranquil atmosphere, Lingyin Temple, meaning Temple of Soul's Retreat, is one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China. The Six Harmonies Pagoda was constructed of wood and brick. Octagonal in shape, it has the appearance of a thirteen-story structure, though actually only seven interior stories. Standing on the pagoda, you could hear 104 little bells performing pleasant concert and overlook the amazing Qiantang River. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum is based on a famous Chinese Medicine Shop. In the museum, you could not only get some knowledge about Chinese medicine, but also admire a traditional Chinese architecture complex.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Hangzhou - Ningbo
West Lake
In the morning, you will take a high speed train to Ningbo. The local guide will be waiting for you at Ningbo Railway Station and then transfer you to the hotel in the downtown area. Afterwards, continue the tour to Tianyi Pavilion, Tianfeng Pagoda and Baoguo Temple. Tianyi Pavilion is the oldest private library in China. In addition to the rich and precious book collections, the pavilion is a representative construction in fire proof, damp proof and ventilation. Hexagonal in shape, Tianfeng Pagoda is the tallest ancient architecture in Ningbo as well as the landmark building of ancient Ningbo City. It is a fourteen-storey building with seven stories over ground and the other seven underground. Baoguo Temple was founded up in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25AD-220AD). Through the continuous enlargement, it becomes today's appearance. The Grand Hall is the main body of the temple, which is one of the best-preserved ancient wooden architecture in south China area.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ningbo - Putuo
Mt. Putuo, Ningbo
We will drive you to Zhujiajian and then the ferry will send you to Putuo this morning. Our guide will welcome you at Putuo pier and then transfer you to the hotel. After lunch, you will proceed to tour the Purple Bamboo Grove Scenic Area, where you could find purple stones and the Purple Bamboo Grove. The Purple Bamboo Grove Scenic Area also includes many small attractions sites. The ones you will explore are the Standing Statue of South Sea Kwan-yin and Puji Temple. The Standing Statue of South Sea Kwan-yin is a 108-feet high, golden colored statue located on the Kwan-yin Jump Hill. Puji Temple is one of the three largest temples on Putuo Mountain, whose six main halls are located on the central axis from south to north.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Putuo - Shanghai
The private excursion today will take you to the Fayu Temple and the Thousand-Pace Golden Beach. The Fayu Temple is another famous temple of Putuo Mountain which boasts 324 halls in all. In the temple, Jade Buddha Palace, Nine Dragons Palace, Imperial Stele and the Nine Dragons Screen Wall and so on are the highlights to see. As the largest and most beautiful beach on Putuo Mountain, the Thousand-Pace Golden Beach is a good place for you to relax and appreciate the sea scenery. Afterwards, you will take a ferry to reach Shanghai. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at Shanghai pier and then transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Shanghai
Shanghai Bund area
The morning visit will cover Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. The Museum houses lots of ancient art works like jade articles, porcelain, paintings and calligraphy. Yuyuan Garden is a typical south China garden boasting beautiful natural scenery and delicate traditional Chinese constructions. It is a tranquil and unique garden to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. After an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a decent local restaurant, head to the Bund area, where you will take a short cruise along Huangpu River. The short but pleasant cruise tour will show you the best part of Shanghai urban landscape, which is a harmonious picture consisting of historical buildings and modern skyscrapers. Going ashore, you will take time to explore the Bund area, whose highlights are the 52 western style buildings left over from the colonial period of Shanghai, then visit an old cultural street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Departure from Shanghai
Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight today. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Zhongwei Sunny Hotel
NingboNingbo Portman Plaza Hotel Ningbo Portman Plaza Hotel
PutuoPutuoshan Hotel Putuoshan Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel Sunrise On The Bund
Questions & Answers
Asked by Gene from UNITED STATES | Nov. 05, 2018 08:18Reply
Tour Guide Ningbo
Can anyone recommend a tour guide for Ningbo China?
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Answered by Gina | Nov. 07, 2018 00:28

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Asked by Serene from SINGAPORE | Aug. 11, 2017 23:10Reply
Transport mode from Lishe Airport to Ningbo South Bus station
For a family of 4 persons, what is the best travel transport mode from Ningbo Lishe airport to Ningbo South Bus station. Please advise.
Answers (1)
Answered by Chen | Aug. 13, 2017 20:30

From the airport, you can take airport shuttle bus and get off at South Railway Station, Ningbo South Bus Station is within walking distance of the railway station. The bus fare is CNY12 and the ride takes around 30 minutes. Or you may take a taxi directly, the taxi fare is around CNY30.
Asked by Jab from SINGAPORE | May. 08, 2017 10:08Reply
Hi, I am reaching Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport at 10pm.
Will like to know the easiest route to reach Xianwu Huanyuan west lake hotel. Which bus route or metro station do I take?
Jab sg
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from USA | May. 09, 2017 00:56

Upon landing, you are advised to take shuttle bus Pinghai Road Line and get off at Grand Metropark Hotel first. The operating hours of this bus line are according to the flight schedule. The ticket fare is CNY 20 per person. After arriving, walk west along Pinghai Road around 450 meters to find your hotel.
Asked by SF from SINGAPORE | May. 03, 2017 08:06Reply
How do we travel from Hangzhou East Railway station to the China National Tea Museum?
Answers (1)
Answered by Maria from POLAND | May. 04, 2017 21:36

Take metro line 1 from East Railway Station to Longxiangqiao Station, Exit B3. Then transfer to bus no.27 to Shuangfeng. After that, walk northwest around 350 meters.
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