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Private Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

1. Private Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

The day starts with the pick-up at 9:30 AM in Hangzhou city. Start with a 45-minute boat ride on tranquil West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and perhaps Hangzhou’s most famous attraction. Relax amid enchanting scenery as your guide points out historic pagodas, Chinese-style arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, green islands and lush gardens. Move on to Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf. Stroll through a part of the 54-acre (22-hectare) park to see the many varieties, including a peony garden that blooms in April, and stop at Red Carp Pond - a popular spot for viewing fish. Next, you’re driven to Lingyin Temple (translated as ‘Temple of the Soul’s Retreat’), considered one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China. Listen as your guide discusses its pagodas and pavilions and introduces you to some of the 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures on Feilai Peak, which date back to the 10th century. Have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Then experience a culinary adventure in a tea farmer’s house. The most delicious part of your day will be the meal of your choice served family style and you can enjoy the beautiful tea village while eating. Walk along a cobblestone pathway leading to Amanfayun Village, a restored Chinese village dating back hundreds of years and situated in a remote forest of camphor and bamboo.  Continue your tour to Meijiawu Tea Village, situated in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. Learn about the production of Xihu Longjing tea, also known as Dragon Well tea. There are many tea houses in the village, and you will have a chance to taste/try the local tea and get to know how the farmer produce the tea and recognize the quality of the Gragon Well tea. Your final stop is Song Dynasty Imperial Street, walk along this road that leads to the imperial palace of the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960–1127). At around 5:00 PM, you will be taken back to your hotel or Hangzhou railway station.

From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

2. From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, Hangzhou is one of the leading tourist destinations in all of China. It is a city rich with history and was once the capital of China in the 12th Century. After a 3-hour drive, you will first cruise across the West Lake to view unforgettable scenery such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai Causeway and Solitary Hill. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you will visit Guo’s Villa, one of the best traditional private gardens in the city. Hangzhou is also famous for its Dragon Well tea and you can discover the history of Chinese tea and the traditional tea ceremony on a visit to the Meijiawu Tea Village. Before returning to Shanghai, you will enjoy a drive along the Qiantang River where you can view the Liuhe Pagoda, also known as the Six Harmonies Pagoda. On this tour, you can immerse yourself in the history of Shanghai with the assistance of your own personal guide.

Hangzhou: Full-Day Picturesque Tour

3. Hangzhou: Full-Day Picturesque Tour

On this tour, you will visit Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, West Lake and Six Harmonies Pagoda. The local tour operator will reject your booking if you do not inform your hotel name for pick-up at time of booking. Lingyin Temple, whose literal translation means 'Temple of Soul’s Retreat,' is one of the largest Buddhist temples in China and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hangzhou. At Meijiawu Tea Plantation, you will find one of the major production bases of the Dragon Well Tea variety. You will also experience profound local tea culture and local life here. Afterwards, continue on to West Lake formed from a shallow bay during ancient times from the Qiantang River which runs into the sea. It was formerly named Wulin Waters, Golden Buffalo Lake, Qiantang Lake and Xizi Lake. However, as it lies in the west of Hangzhou, it was later named West Lake. A 1-hour boat ride is inclusived after lunch. Six Harmonies Pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture and a major tourist attractions in Hangzhou. It is also one of the best places to appreciate the impressive Qiantang tidal bores. 

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What people are saying about Hangzhou

The guide was waiting in the lobby on time. With a comfortable car we drove to the West Lake. A tour with a ship on the lake enabled us to see the many treasures. Then we drove to the famous Buddhist temple to admire the caves with the figures cut out of the stone and the big temple area. We received a freshly prepared lunch from a local family in the tea village on a terrace, overlooking the tea plantation, just a few km from the West Lake. then we visited the green tea plantation. We received very interesting informations about green tea. In the late afternoon we visited the traditional old town. It was a really interesting tour. The guide spoke perfect English.

We were really lucky because we had a private tour with our amazing guide Grace to Hangzhou. Although the weather wasn't that good Grace made our tour a great experience for us. The West Lake where we had a 45 minute boat ride was beautiful. The lunch at a local restaurant was the best we had in and around Shanghai. It is a long drive to Hangzhou but totally worth it!

Our guide Tommy showed us many interesting attractions in Hangzhou and shared a great deal of history and information about life in the area. He was open and very helpful!

We had a great time. It was my 3rd trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai and I learned more from Grace, our Grayline guide, then I did with the other two trips combined!

Super citytour

Amazing guide, very helpful and knowledgeable. Great tour, I can only recommend to all.