When Marco Polo visited Hangzhou in the 13th century, he described the city as the most magnificent in the world. Today, it is not the city but the beautiful and dramatic West Lake that captivates visitors and makes them want to stay at Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou, not only with its appealing blend of modernity and tradition nestled in a uniquely beautiful setting on the north-east shore of the lake, but also with its specially designed West Lake cycling tour.
Bicycle is the most popular means of transportation in China, nowadays riding has smoothly become a fashion, at the same time of enjoy sports and happiness, people is more advocating this low carbon living in a healthy, natural way through travel and fully comfortable enjoyment during travel.
A cycling tour to the west lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. On the way of cycling, you could enjoy the beautiful scenery, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple and some most frequently visited attractions in this scenic area will be passed by.
Continue to cycle for Longjing Tea Plantation. Tea terraces rise up on either side of the village and it's an interesting area to walk around and watch the locals picking tea. Locals have some special showrooms for you to smell, tasting, or purchasing. Of course, the most important is that you have the chance to pick tea on the green tea terraces like locals. Drinking tea in one of the local farmers is an interesting experience. After the half day cycling tour, you are returned to the hotel. Surrounded by colourful flowers and green trees, Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou has a traditional and elegant temperament and is always friendly, reliable and reassuringly familiar.
Cycling Tour Package is starting from RMB 1358, including one night accommodation at the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou. Bike options: children bicycle, road bikes, mountain bikes, variable-speed bicycle, travel bicycle e.g. with most of popular function models. For keen cycling enthusiasts, hotel has cooperated with professional cycling club, which provide the professional service for our guests. According to the guest's preferences, hotel could tailor-made or design your private driveway, as well as arranging professional cyclists to riding escort. On your requirements, hotel offer healthy meals, energy drinks, and vehicle emergency service on the way of your riding tour. Appointed SPA treatment with very attractive value added at the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou would be your ideal option after the cycling tour, which brings you a relaxation amid in the graceful garden.
Recommended Bicycle Touring Routes Starting from Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou:
North Route (7.7 kilometers): Ping Hu Qiu Yue (Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn) —Yue Miao (Mausoleum of General Yue Fei)—Lingyin Temple
South Route (10.4 kilometers): Liu Lang Wen Ying (Orioles Singing in the Willows)—Chang Qiao—Su Di Nan (South Entrance of Su Causeway)—Hua Gang Xi Men (West Gate of Flower Pond)—Dong Wu Yuan (Zoo)—Six Harmonies Pagoda—Jiu Xi
Round Lake Route (12.4 kilometers): Yue Miao (Mausoleum of General Yue Fei)—Hua Pu (Flower Nursery)—Hua Gang Xi Men (West Gate of Flower Pond)—Su Di Nan Kou (South Entrance of Su Causeway)—Chang Qiao—Liu Lang Wen Ying (Orioles Singing in the Willows)—Yan An Lu—Long Xiang Qiao
Highlighted Attractions during the cycling tour:
- Spring Dawn at Su Causeway
- Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden
- Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake
- Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge’s beauty
- Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow
- Three Pools Mirroring the Moon
- Orioles Singing in the Willows
- Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds
- Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill
- Dreaming of Tiger Spring at Hupao Valley
- Dragon Well
- Yellow Dragon Dressed in Green
- The bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi
- Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village
- China Silk Museum (the biggest silk museum on earth)
- Hangzhou National Tea Museum (combining a tea exhibition and interactive tea ceremony, will not fail you).
As a CSR and environmentally conscious and socially responsible company, Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou participates to help raise awareness and push low-carbon environmental philosophy with our employees and guests. Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou remains steadfast in its commitment to pursuing initiatives that mitigate the effects of climate change, not only through bicycle program but also through other green programmes such as building greener hotels, moving towards 100 percent eco-friendly machines and greening the supply chain.
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