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Travel is all about accumulating brand new experiences and going on new adventures. A Hangzhou hotel has now introduced a brand new experience that hotel guests can sign themselves up for — travel from the airport to the hotel via a traditional Chinese boat.
This initiative is introduced by Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou located at West Lake. Hotel guests will be picked up from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (or train stations) in a limousine and then driven to the pier of West Lake. Guests will subsequently board a small traditional craft where they can relax and cruise through the scenic lake, passing through beautiful pagoda-topped hills and panoramic vistas of the surrounding area. In addition, longjing tea will be served while the boatman shares fascinating stories, local legends and folklore of West Lake.
The old-fashioned wooden boat ride has been introduced to allow hotel guests have a wholesome and enriching experience to appreciate West Lake better.
As of 2011, the West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, iconic for representing Hangzhou’s charm and doubling as the major carrier of the city’s cultural and historical legacy. West Lake is populated with pavilions, pagodas, gardens alongside causeways and artificial islands. These famous lakes and hills have been serving as inspiration to well-known poets, artists and scholars since the 9th century.
This Culturally Curious package is time-dependent and more information can be found from the official website of Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake. Alternatively, guests can opt for day trips and enjoy a boat ride during their stay. The hotel offers a breakfast package on the boat at US$228.