Have you ever had Yangtze River Cruise and experienced the views along the river. The following will introduce you different experience cruise in Hanghzou.
Hangzhou is a city of water, and it is on the water is where you can really experience the charm of Hangzhou. The Grand Canal, West Lake, and the Qiantang River all offer nightly cruises. From paddle boats and canal boats to cruise ships, each ship can bring you a different experience. Set sail at dusk and dim the lights, and get ready to enjoy the true beauty of Hangzhou scenery.
West Lake Night Cruise
Hangzhou’s West Lake night cruise is an important source of entertainment, from mid-April each year to mid-October; a boat trip up the West Lake will fill you with excitement. The West Lake night cruise route starts from the five parks and ends back at the terminal, one round-trip around the lake takes about 50 minutes.
Three boat options are available. The largest are Fang Song (Song dynasty style) boats, which seat 70 to 80 people. On board you can enjoy the charming lake side night, while listening to the zither and other performances while leisurely sipping on a cup of tea. Boarding generally begins at about 18:30 and from 19:00 onward a ship departs every hour. Smaller, recreational boats, seating about 40 to 50 people, leave about every 20 minutes. Finally, the third boat option are the rowing boats, seating about six people, which are great for those that like to be active and hands on.
Canal Night Cruise
Experience a thousand years of recorded history on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Every summer, you can enjoy the large cluster of ancient buildings on both shores and experience the millennial heritage of the Grand Canal. The canal night cruise has large, medium and small vessels available, starting from Wulin Gate to Gongchen Qiao; the whole trip takes about one hour. Cruises start from 19:30 every day at Wulin Gate pier, launching about every hour.
Along the way you can see Emperor Qianlong's Imperial Dock, the imperial granary, Qianlong Fang, the new Xiang Ji Temple, and the famous Jiangnan Bridge "Gong Chenqiao." The Xiang Ji Temple is open from 17:00 to 21:00 daily, where not only can you burn incense and pray, but also view the beautiful classic Buddhist features of the temple. Xiang Ji Temple is about 5 minutes walk to Shengli He Food Street, where you can sample some classic Hangzhou cuisine, definitely not to be missed. Also, Xizhi street and Dadou Lu pedestrian street are a short walk from the temple, and make for a great stroll at night.
Qiantang River Cruise
The Qiantang River cruise is also a great night cruise to take. Starting from the Wulin pier heading south to the Grand Canal, there are a multitude of sights to see and the ship passes through three locks. The whole trip takes about three hours. The best view is where the Qiantang meets the Grand Canal; the two sides are ablaze with lights under the night sky. The juxtaposition of the graceful canal and the majestic Qiantang River view is breathtaking and definitely not to be missed.
Hangzhou is very closed to Suzhou. After Hangzhou cruise, you can have a Suzhou travel.
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