After a very quick day in Xi’an, we’re back to the airport ready to board a flight to Hangzhou. Hangzhou may not be destination familiar to international visitors however is it one of the most important tourist cities in China, with many visitors coming from Shanghai which only about 100 miles away. Hangzhou and it’s beautiful West Lake have been written about in stories, songs and poems for centuries. Even Marco Polo claimed the city to be “finest and noblest in the world”. Hangzhou may have been the largest city in the world before the Mongol invasion of 1276 with a population approaching one million.
With the impressive backdrop of West Lake, the Four Seasons Hotel provides a unique urban oasis. While in Hangzhou we enjoy a private gondola on West Lake, tour the tranquil Aman Fayun resort property along with the nearby Temple of Soul’s Retreat and the “Peak Flown from Afar”.
In a very unique and interesting presentation, we learn more about traditional Chinese medicine complete with a tour of a traditional doctors office and a historic pharmacy located in Hangzhou’s old town area. After a delicious lunch of steamy, warm dumplings at Din Tai Fung we’re back on the bus headed to Shanghai.