Biking to But Thap pagoda
07:30AM meet our tour guide at the lobby of your hotel in Hanoi
Drive to Tien Son village. We start cycling from there to But Thap pagoda. We ride along the Duong river bank throughout the quiet villages and have talks with local people. But Thap Pagoda on the bank of Duong River, Bac Ninh Province was reconstructed in the 17th century by the monk Zhus Zhus (honoured as the founder of the pagoda) and Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc, a daughter of Lord Trinh Trang. In the Nei Kung Wai Kwo architectural style, But Thap Pagoda has the shape of the Chinese script Kung inside and the script Kwo outside.
The pagoda features more than 100 compartments and 10 buildings spread over 100 meters from the three-entrance gate to the bell-tower and back house. Inside the temple are more than 50 statues in different sizes and the most remarkable is "thousand-hands, thousand-eyes" Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin in Chinese) made in 1656 and took several years for completion. Behind the backyard garden stand two stone stupas of the monk Zhus Zhus and Minh Hanh. Once visiting in 1876, the King Tu Duc saw the stone stupa's shape like a pen and named this pagoda But Thap.
We continue our ride to Dong Ho handicraft village, which is known for its traditional wooden block printing. Today though, just two families are engaged in this painstaking craft while the rest of the village has turned to a more lucrative pursuit, turning out paper votive offerings. Once in the village a visit will be made at craftsman Nguyen Dang Che's house who is renowned for his traditional paintings and to learn how to make wooden block paintings. We finish our journey in Tien Son Industrial zone. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel. Tour ends.
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- Transfer air conditioning by Car/ Van
- Local biking English speaking guide
- Mountain Bike rental
- Lunch in a local restaurant
- Mineral water and cold towels
- Entrance fees
- Hotel in Hanoi
- Vietnam visa arrangement
- All kind of airfares
- Travel insurance
- Tips, gratuities, drink
- Cycling gloves
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Bicycling Clothing
- Cycling jerseys, short sleeve, quick drying
- Cycling pants/shorts
- Cycling raingear, jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable