Tour code: 5335P51
Explore the picturesque water town of Wuzhen on a full-day guided tour from Hangzhou. See the town’s highlights, including the Sanbai Wine Workshop, built during the Song Dynasty and the only winery that remains in Wuzhen. Visit the Hundred-Bed Museum and learn about indigo dye at Hongyuan Tie Dye; then watch a shadow puppet show with musical accompaniment on traditional Chinese instruments. Wrap up with a scenic cruise on the river. Your tour includes lunch, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off in downtown Hangzhou.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Wuzhen Water Town, from Hangzhou
  • View elaborately decorated antique beds at the Hundred-Bed Museum
  • Learn about Wuzhen’s wine production at the Sanbai Wine Workshop
  • Visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house and witness inner workings of the textile industry
  • Enjoy a shadow puppet performance
  • Float past pretty old buildings and stone bridges on a scenic boat cruise
  • Includes informative guide, lunch, admission, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

Wuzhen Water Town

Your Wuzhen water town tour begins with coach pickup from your Hangzhou hotel. Stop at the Hundred-Bed Museum (Zhao Hall), the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient beds of the Jiangnan area. See the luxurious carvings and elaborate designs on these antique beds and listen as your expert guide shares stories reflecting this unique cultural account of ancient Chinese civilization.
Later on visit the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.

Afterwards visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.

After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.

Finally no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges. After your boat ride take a walk around the town and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou.

Customer Reviews

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This trip was great. Our tour guide was fabulous and made adjustments to the itinerary to accommodate some limitations of one of our tour group. I especially appreciate that there was no high pressure shopping included in this trip. We did the trip on a weekend which meant there were large crowds a negative but it also meant that all of the special activities performances, etc were going on a positive.

G P

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Good experience but does not require a full day to visit

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