Shaoxing, overshadowed at times by Hangzhou and Ningbo on either side, is often overlooked as a travel destination. However, it is home to some of China’s most distinguished artists, poets, performers, calligraphers, craftsmen and wine-makers as well as iconic bridges and breathtaking scenery, all of which make Shaoxing’s culture so vibrant and rich. Only an hour’s train ride from Hangzhou, an hour and a half from Ningbo and two and a half hours from Shanghai, Shaoxing is perfect for a quiet day trip away from the big cities.T hough landmarks like Lu Xun’s former residence, Shen Garden and Orchid Pavilion are not to be missed, there’s much more that meets the eye. And they’ve all been well-kept secrets… Until now. This is the best of China, raw and refined all at once. Join us, and enjoy local culture the way it should be enjoyed: with a glass or two of Shaoxing wine in hand.