West Lake, Hangzhou

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  • From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

    1. 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 a...

    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!

  • From Shanghai: Day Trip to Hangzhou in a High-Speed Train

    2. From Shanghai: Day Trip to Hangzhou in a High-Speed Train

    Take the train from Hongqiao Railway Station and relax for 1 hour until you arrive at Hangzhou. Enjoy this fast inter-city transport between the 2 cities on a comfortable first-class seat. Your guide waits for you outside the South Exit of the Hangzhou East Station. Then, its time to enjoy the private car ride to reach the first stop, Leifeng Pagoda which is located on the shore of Xizhao Mountain.  Visit the scenic West Lake and marvel at the ancient Chinese poet’s favorite spot. Board a boat, cruise for 35-minute over West Lake, and admire the breathtaking views.  Head to the Flower Harbor, a scenic garden that includes a peaceful pond and peony garden. Find the words left by ancient emperors here. Enjoy a break for lunch at your own expense, or select the option with lunch included at a local restaurant booked for you. After lunch, visit the Qiantang River Bridge and admire the l...

  • Private tour of serenity and beauty of nature in Hangzhou

    3. Private tour of serenity and beauty of nature in Hangzhou

    Meet your guide upon pick-up at around 9:30 AM in downtown Hangzhou. Then visit West Lake, which was awarded as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 because it reflects "an ideal fusion of humans and nature." Take a boat cruise to fully experience the serenity and beautiful nature of West Lake. Next visit Guo's Classic Garden, considered to be the best existing traditional private garden in Hangzhou and a great place to relax and revel in the beauty of Song-era tea houses and pavilions.  Enjoy your lunch at a local Chinese restaurant and 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 enjoy the beautiful tea village while eating. Continue to Meijiawu green tea plantation and village, the origin place of the most famous variety of green tea, Longjing, with beautiful natural scenery...

  • Hangzhou: Customized Private Guided Tour

    4. Hangzhou: Customized Private Guided Tour

    Create your very own full-day itinerary according to the attractions and places in or around Hangzhou that you would like to visit. Choose to get picked up from your hotel, train station or airport by your English-speaking guide and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. Visit some of the most popular sites listed below to start your itinerary, or feel free to suggest something not listed.  West Lake: this is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou. It is divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. Lingyin Temple: this is a Buddhist temple of the Chan sect, located north-west of Hangzhou. The temple's name is commonly translated as Temple of the Soul's Retreat. It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. Hangzhou Songchen...

  • Hangzhou West Lake, Dragon Well Tea Village & Linyin Temple

    5. Hangzhou West Lake, Dragon Well Tea Village & Linyin Temple

    Located just 180 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou has for most of China’s history been the more famous city of the two. Renowned for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage it has for centuries been one of the most popular destinations in China for discerning travelers. Your full-day tour will start from Dragon Well village which is famous for its eponymous green tea. Here the picturesque tea terraces rise up the hillside behind the villagers’ houses and depending on the time of year, you will see tea leaves at various stages of processing – cut, sorted, dried – before being packaged to be shipped and sold as perhaps China’s finest green tea. After enjoying a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the most famous lake in China, Hangzhou’s West Lake. A short ride of the cruise on the West lake will take you to the small island at the center of the lake. Lat...

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hangzhou

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

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!

Guide was very good and knowledgable. But it take about 5hrs back and forth In the Bus to get to Hangzhou and visiting the tea village was just about selling you their stuff and disappointing. West lake Area is really nice but better to stay there overnight than this 1-day trip.

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!

Very nice trip with Franck who is a résolu good instructive tour guide