The morning of day two of your tour gives you full control of what you’d like to do. As your stay in the village grants you access to a number of major sites which differ vastly, our options provide something for everyone. Depending on what interests you most, you can tailor your day’s plans and your guide will be happy to give you any advice you need.
We have selected the following activities for you to choose from:Option 1: Guided tour of the Gongsheng Distillery followed by a wine-tasting session. If you don’t want to try the local wine then don’t hang around too long, even just a whiff of its strong fragrance could get you tipsy!Option 2: You will be taken to watch one of the daily performances at the flower drum opera. The Chinese shadow puppet theatre also puts on daily shows which demonstrate the ancient Chinese art form of puppeteering. The practice, which dates back over 2,000 years, can be attributed to Liu Bang, a famous Han army general, who used shadow puppets to trick his enemies into retreat by making them believe that there were thousands of soldiers waiting and ready to defend from attack. Option 3: Perfect for fans of literature, with this option you can visit the ancestral home of Mao Dun, a famous 20th century revolutionary writer, critic and journalist, whose most famous work was Ziye, a grand novel depicting life in cosmopolitain Shanghai and Spring Silkworms as well as many short stories. Option 4: Or, if you are interested in the art of textiles, then you can visit a printing atelier who will explain the techniques used in the production of traditional Chinese clothing.
Following your morning visits, continue to Anji County which is a 2.5- hour drive from Wuzhen. Here, see the greatest examples of ecotourism in the whole country - the largest bamboo forest in China. In the past years, the local government hasbecome aware of the environmental importance of bamboo and have implemented a new policy named ‘the three pures’: pure air, pure water and pure earth. Local farmers who cultivate the land must pass rigorous ‘ecological checks’ before being allowed to continue their business. Interestingly this forest area was used as a backdrop for one the scenes in the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Fans of the film may remember the fight scene filmed here between Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and Yu Jiao Long (Zhang Ziyi). Journey into the center of the forest and feel the heart of China, in the silence of the emerald green forest around you.
Nearby, you will have the chance to see some tea plantations, another specialty of the region of Zhejiang and home to Longjing tea (one of most expensive teas in the world). Tea is China’s favorite drink and gained popularity in the Tang dynasty (618-907) when it was traded around the world. During your trip to the plantation, you may also be fortunate enough to meet a local tea producer who can introduce different tea types: green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, fragrant tea, white tea or even ancient ‘tea bricks’.
Continue to Hangzhou, the ancient capital of the Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279) and the current provincial capital of Zhejiang province.