Independent travelers will love the flexibility of this private door to door day tour. This is the ideal tour for travelers with limited time in Hangzhou. Take the stress out of booking train tickets from Shanghai to Hangzhou and planning an itinerary by having everything arranged for you. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide over 5+ years guiding experience and skillful driver over 10+ years driving experience, you'll immerse yourself in its world renowned natural, historical and cultural features.
Duration: 10 hours
West Lake(Private rowing boat cruise), Guo's Villa, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Cheng Huang Pavilion
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Departe from your Shanghai downtown hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and catch your bullet train to Hangzhou. Meet your dedicated guide at the South Arrival exit of Hangzhou train station with a welcome signage "Hangzhou Private Tour".
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With your personal tour guide, you will be taken to the famous Hangzhou West Lake-one of world UNESCO Sites. The best way to visit the lake is by boat. We special arrange a private boat for you since the public tourist boat are very crowded and noisy and sail to the secret parts of the westlake only known by local people.Taking a boat sailing on the picturesque West Lake is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the beautiful scenery with its islands, causeways, temples, pagodas and ornamental planting.
After that, you will visit the Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang). It is the best existing traditional private residence in Hangzhou, built in late Qing Dynasty. With a mountain in the back and the west lake in the front, the garden is known as "Number One Garden of the West Lake" thanks to its tranquil environment, well-preserved buildings, and tasteful landscaping layout.
Next, pay a visit to Lingyin Temple. As the largest of several temples in Hangzhou, with its long history and charming scenery, Lingyin Temple attracts thousands of visitors and Buddhist faithful every day. There are always long lines in front of the ticket office, we have our own way to book the ticket to let you skip the line and head straight inside with your guide.
After the temple, drive you to the Tea village in the mountain side and enjoy your lunch at a local Tea famer's house that popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals, moreover, you'll have chance to talk with tea famers and know the local life of Hangzhou.(Lunch is include)
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
After lunch, you can take a short walk in the tea village and taste a cup of real Longjing Green Tea. As an important and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Village is the best place for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture for locals, it is features Quiet, relaxing and refreshing place, full of tea plantation.
The last stop for the tour is Cheng Huang Pavilion where you can get a whole view of West Lake. Whenever you come into the city at night from the East, the first thing you can see off in the distance is this place: It's the most noticeable building in the Hangzhou skyline.
At the end, you will take the train ride back to Shanghai and end your tour at your Shanghai downtown hotel.
We provide off the beaten track Hangzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).
Blind Date Culture at Wangsong Campus Free Charge
Feeling the local dating culture at Wansong Academy where the locals take part in the blind date fair "Chinese Matchmarking Day".Here attracted over thousands of young singles and their parents. ( Available on each Saturday morning)
Westlake Sunset Watching at Chenghuang Pavilion Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person
Follow our guide to climb up to the Cheng Huang Pavilion where is the one of the best locations for admiring and photographing the sunset on Westlake.
Local Wet Market Visting Free Charge
Do you want know more about local life? Come with our guide to visit the local wet market. To most locals, wet market is a destination for freshest produce while it is a must-see attraction for a cultural experience to tourists.
Local Family Visiting Free Charge
If you are interested in local culture and life style, we can arrange local famliy visting to sip famous Longjing tea, learn how to cook local food as well as taste Hangzhou cuisine. Local residents will invite you warmly to experience Hang-style life.
How Our Teams Serve you at China Private Tour
1-on-1 Travel Consultant
Our travel consultants have been working in local tourism for years, they are professional, experienced and responsible sharing our wealth of knowledge to plan your trip. They will formulate customized tour plan based on your travel interests, time, and budget as well as providing professional suggestions. Beside, they will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.
Excellent Local Guides
All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture but also prepared to talk frankly about whatever topic interests you. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town. They’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life.
Private Car and Driver
We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.(Not over 4 years). Our drivers are are local, polite, friendly and helpful with over 10-year drive experience. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.
Meals & Dining
If the meals are included in the itinerary. We will take you to the best local restaurants and help you order dishes according to your preference on spot to guarantee that the food is freash not pre-cooked. Some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, your private guide will be still delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local featured restaurants every week based on the online reviews of customers. We have a large selection of different restaurants which cater to the specifications of our customers, and are available to provide various options, such as vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese, Western, Jewish, and Indian restaurants.
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Duration：6 - 8 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：The hangzhou Westlake(including a boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Guo Garden, Drangon Well Tea Plantation, Bamboo lined path at Yunqi, Qinghefang Ancient Street
Tour Style：Accompanied by your private knowledgeable guide over 5+ years guiding experience and skillful driver over 10+ years driving experience, explore the best of Hangzhou on a full-day tour. Take a boat ride on West Lake to stay away from the crowds. the placid waters of which have been immortalized throughout history in literature and poetry. Experience a Chinese tea ceremony at Longjing Green Tea Plantation; walk through the Bamboo lined path at Yunqi to fully experience the serenity and beautiful nature of Hangzhou.
Duration：6 - 8 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：The hangzhou Westlake(including the boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street
Tour Style：This comprehensive Skip-The-Line full day tour of Hangzhou is perfect for you. Take a boat ride around the UNESCO-listed West Lake, view elegant landscapes at Fish Viewing at Flower Park, visit the secluded Zen monastery of Lingyin Temple, sip tea at Meijiawu Tea Vollage and stroll Song Dynasty Imperial Street. This guided tour lets you skip those queues and head straight into each scenic spot, which make your trip hassel-free and time well spent.
Attractions(Cities)：The hangzhou Westlake(including a boat cruise), Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Qinghefang Street, Impression WestLake Show
Tour Style：Discover the famous Paradise City Hangzhou on a fully customized sightseeing day trip from Shanghai by bullet train. Accompanied by your private guide, stroll around Flower Harbor Park and take a relaxing boat on the West Lake. Visit the famous Lingyin temple; See the traditional Meijiawu tea mountain; wonder along the old Hefang Street and enjoy the magnificent Impression Westlake show. Local lunch and dinner, tea tasting at Meijiawu, round trip bullet train tickets, private guide and private vehicle service are inclusive.
Duration：2 Days, 1 Night
Attractions(Cities)：The West Lake(including boat cruise on the lake),Guo Garden,China National Tea Museum,Dragon Well Tea Plantation (Meijiawu Tea Village),Leifeng Pagoda,The Song Dynasty Imperial Street,Six Harmonies pagoda, Fish Viewing Flower Pond,Lingyin Temple, etc
Tour Style：As one of seven ancient capitals in China, the rich history and the splendid culture endow Hangzhou with profoundness. Come with us to discover Hangzhou's top attractions in two days. You'll enjoy boat ride on West Lake (Landmark of Hangzhou), Guo Garden, Leifeng Pagoda, etc. On the second day, explore Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Plantation (Best Green Tea & China national tea), Bamboo Forest & Ancient street. Take your VIP seat for the Impression West Lake Show.
Duration：6 - 8 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：Hangzhou Tour Guide
Tour Style：Find a private tour guide in Hangzhou that suits your needs. All our guides have the guiding experience of more than 5 years, they are knowledgeable and reliable, thay're able to describe points of interest, answer all your questions, offer background information on those attractions you'll visit and advise where & what you should try during you stay in Hangzhou. There are expertise in history, shopping, business, nightlife and pretty much anything else you can think of! There aren't only tour guides either - there are drivers, assistants and interpreters here too! Get a great price by skipping the middlemen.
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This tour took us out of Shanghai to the picturesque city of Hangzhou that lived up to expectations. On the way out of the city our guide Sharon met us at our hotel and helped us navigate the Shanghai train station. Once in Hangzhou our private car whisked us away to the West Lake, the old temple and the city god chenghuang tower where we got amazing views and even better pictures. The lunch the tour company set up was the best we have had while in China. This is a great tour and tour company. Highly recommend Hangzhou day trip from Shanghai if you have one more day free in Shanghai.
Prompt response to emails..delivery of train tickets to hotel, pick up service efficient and on time. Vehicles used clean and extremely comfortable...
Met at Hangzhou station by Sharen our guide for the day.
Wonderful day ...boat trip, walk through gardens , lunch in a village all capped off by Sharens amazing knowledge and commentary skills.
Her passion and love for her home town is evident.
I have been on many tours but have never been so impressed with the guides overall knowledge.
Scenery absolutely spectacular.
Flexibility of the tour was also impressive..
Our family by 2pm was extremely tired ..we have had some massive days.
We elected to cut short our tour..Sharen went over and above trying to organise earlier train tickets for us, she also was prepared to book us into a hotel for a couple of hours as she was worried about our long staff at railway station.
I could not believe her care of us.
We were all disappointed to cut the trip short but still managed to acquire an amazing wealth of knowledge passed onto us and a desire to return one day to revisit Hangzhou
Highly recommend this trip..
Highly recommended! Our tour guide, Nancy, was incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. We had a great time exploring sites including Ling Yin temple, West Lake and the urban areas of Hangzhou as well as try delicious local food! Our guide Nancy made the trip very easy and very special for us. She went far beyond her responsibilities and even bought a present and a cake for my stepmother's birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed her. Our driver was excellent as well. He was always early and made good suggestions in heavy traffic. He was very friendly, very happy and spoke some English very funny. I'd highly recommend both of them to my friends.
We had a great time going to Hangzhou frm Shanghai with Tommy. The train ride from Shanghai to Hangzhou was a great experience. We enjoyed the delicious local lunch and seeing the tea village, westlake, and the shopping street! Tommy was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. Our driver's skill were most impressive. Would recommend this trip to others!
I cannot say enough good things about this trip! The boat ride was a very relaxing escape from the city. Lunch was delicious and I got to pick exactly what I wanted from a large selection of choices. Our guide Tommy was friendly, helpful, and informative. And he can really help us avoid the crowds during the bsy weekend!!! Thanks for the lovely day!
We went as a group of 6 work colleagues and had a fantastic time from pick-up to drop-off at our hotel in Shanghai. Everything was very well organized (Round way train tickets, tour guide, lunch, transfer in the city) and Tommy managed to avoid the big crowds, affording us a very relaxed time. We can only recommend!
We booked our trip to Hangzhou through Hangzhou Private Tour based on the online reviews. They picked us up in Shanghi and took us to the high speed train. Then Nancy met us at the train station with our driver in Hangzhou. The day was FANTASTIC and we would give Nancy 10 stars if it were an option. She is extremely knowledgeable and spent the day filling us with so much knowledge. We started with a tour and boat ride of the West Lake. Then we visited the Lingyin Temple which was beyond spectacular. Nancy educated us the entire time we visited the sites at the temple. When I didn’t think it could be any better...we went to a tea plantation enjoyed a proper green tea ceremony. I could go on and on. It was so special the way Fiona taught us how to pick, dry, store and experience green tea. My children are 8 and 10. We all had a fantastic day. The only downside...we only booked one day in the Hangzhou area. You should really spend two days with Nancy to see all of the highlights of this vibrant region. One day is doable but you will regret not spending two days .
My wife, 12 year old daughter and I had such an interesting and fun day exploring Hangzhou from Shanghai by the high-speed train with our guide Boonie. The day started and ended very easy with a hotel pick up and drop off. The temples and mountain scenery were really beautiful to explore, lunch at the tea farm was very delicious, Probably one of our favorite meals actually. We also really enjoyed walking around the lake and found it to be very relaxing and scenic. We really appreciated also spending the day learning about the area and China in general from our interesting and fun guide Bonnie. We highly recommend this tour!
I had been to Shanghai twice.But this time I decided to a day trip visit to Hangzhou from Shanghai by train.
Tour started with the pick up service from our hotel in Shanghai.
Our guide Boonie is very knowledgeable and communicated effectively .
She takes the initiative to contact the participants before the tour to finalize details which is appreciated.
She makes the tour interesting by her upbeat personality.
A bullet train ride and a tour guide to Lingyin temple, with tea garden and a good Lunch (Vegetarian Chinese on request) were
absolutely fine. A visit to west lake was stunning.
We totally enjoyed the tour and it was paced out well.
We would highly recommend her and would take another tour with her again if the opportunity arises.
She is very nice and very engaging and in both English & Chnese langugaes.
She is an excellent tour guide.
My friend and I booked a day trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai by Bullet train (First class seats). It was so much fun on the fast train as it was my first time on the bullet train. The seats are very comfortable and spacious. Our tour guide Bonnie was fantastic. She was so informative and very friendly. We went to one of the most beautiful Buddhist temple " Linying Temple" so peaceful and full of nature. The local lunch was great made by the locals at the green tea farm. The West Lake was very beautiful and the full view of the city and the westlake on the top of the city gof temple was FANTASTIC. It felt so good to be there. We loved everything about this trip and would highly recommend it.