72 Hours in Hangzhou – Heavenly City in China

Since the late October, Hangzhou in East China’s Zhejiang province has offered international tourists a 72-hour window to explore the city without a visa. According to the policy, transit passengers from 51 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan among others can enjoy a 72-hour stay in Zhejiang Province after entering China via Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, only if they have third country visas and onward tickets to leave for a third country or region within 72 hours.

Beautiful Hangzhou awaits you!

Hangzhou West Lake

West Lake

If you a transit and plan to have 72-hour trip in Hangzhou, see what are the perfect 3-day itinerary to discover the most of this famous cultural, historic city.

Day 1: Hangzhou City Sightseeing Tour

Hangzhou has a sophisticated transportation system, while taking the public transport via city bus, metro or taxi is a great way to travel around.

For foreign visitors to Hangzhou, West Lake blanketed with small islets, gardens, pavilions and temples in the city center is a must-see sight, and the symbol of Hangzhou. It is highly recommended to take a boat down through the lake to admire at the stunning scenery. Or you can also have a West Lake biking tour, all fun and relaxed.

Later, have a visit to Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak. Hided away in lush forested hills, the 1688-year-old Lingying Temple is one of the most prestigious Buddhist monasteries in China. it will be an extraordinary experience to see the ancient architectures, the Buddha statues and the Buddha caves. In the caves on the Feilai Peak, there are 470 Buddhist stone carvings dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and the Yuan Dynasty (1271 -1368).

Hangzhou has amusing night life, you can have various entertainment and feast on the delicate, delicious local dishes and snacks in the famous food streets.

Day 2: Hangzhou Tea Tour

If you a tea master or a tea enthusiasts, never miss the profound tea culture in Hangzhou. It is the birthplace of famous West Lake Dragon Well Tea – one among top ten China teas. Visit the Chinese Tea Museum, located in Longjing (Dragon Well) Village, west of charming West Lake, and covers an area of 22,000 square meters (about 5.4 acres) with a 3500 square meter (about 0.9 acres) construction area.

Why not visit a tea farm by picking tea leaves on your own? Then know more about Chinese tea by learning the frying tea process and trying some tea food.

Day 3: Hangzhou Watertown Tour

East China is famous for elegant water towns.

Approximately 75km away from Hangzhou, Wuzhen Water Town is divided into four parts by a cross-shaped river, with the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal running across. Indulge yourself in its haunting history and culture, graceful water town scenery of dozens of ancient bridges and rows of well-preserved dwellings, unique-flavored tasty foods, various and colorful folk-customs and festivals.

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