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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Travel to Hangzhou, a city rich in culture, history and scenery, on a day trip from Shanghai. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Six Harmonies Pagoda, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries. You'll come to appreciate why Marco Polo sang the praises of Hangzhou and UNESCO designated the city a World Heritage site. Includes all entrance fees, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Hangzhou, from Shanghai
  • Visit the iconic Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda)
  • Watch a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Village
  • Take a boat cruise on Hangzhou's magnificent West Lake
  • Walk around Flower Harbor and admire Red Carp Pond
  • Enjoy the informative commentary of your knowledgeable guide
  • Includes lunch, boat cruise, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

Hangzhou - Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

Your air-conditioned coach picks you up at your centrally located Shanghai hotel in the early morning to start the 3-hour drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou.

During the drive, your guide introduces you to the rich history and culture of Hangzhou, which dates back more than 2,000 years.

When you arrive in Hangzhou, start at the renowned Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. The towering 196 foot (60 meter) octagonal pagoda overlooks the Qiantang River, and inside a spiral staircase ascends to the top of the seven story building, providing sweeping views of the lush surroundings. Next to the pagoda, visit a small museum with replicas of various ancient Chinese pagoda styles.

Continue to Meijiawu Tea Village, located in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. The village showcases one of the finest tea varieties in the world, Xihu Longjing Tea, aka Dragon Well Tea, and Meijiawu is said to grow the best Longjing tea. During your visit, experience the art of a traditional tea ceremony and gain insight into this important part of Chinese culture.

Afterward have lunch, then drive over to West Lake, an expansive lake surrounded by gardens, pagodas, temples and mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake has inspired artists and influenced garden design in China, Japan and Korea over the centuries.

Board a boat for a cruise on the lake that ends at Flower Harbor. Disembark and stroll around the lush gardens and Red Carp Pond, where multitudes of fish swim frenetically, creating a contrast to the serene forest surroundings.

If time allows, your guide takes you to a scenic area called 9 Creeks and 18 Gullies. Walk along a path that passes picturesque tea plantations on terraced hills, streams, waterfalls, and quaint rest stops such as a pond with small pavilion and tea house.

Throughout the day, your guide shares fascinating details about Hangzhou's long history and cultural significance. In the late afternoon, relax during the return drive to Shanghai, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was the first time I took a tour anywhere. The tour was great. Our guide, Rita, was full of great information and incite. We were able to see various sites in one day but never felt rushed.

I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see a glimpse into green tea growing, West Lake, and a neat Pagoda.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We had rain, but this did not make this tour any less beautiful. I would highly recommend this tour, especially for a change of pace from Shanghai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our tour guide for the day was Frank. A very interesting and comical guy. Very knowledgeable as well. Got to know very interesting people doing this tour. Love the tour even though our tour van broke down just outside the toll gate. We had to wait for another mini van to pick us up and the guys had to help push the broken down vehicle to the side of the highway. But none of us mind for the people on this tour were just wonderful. Full of life! Can't remember much of Hangzhou though but I really enjoyed the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I had an awesome time on this trip, Frank our tour guide was superb- very knowledgable (not just about the tour but you can ask him anything about Shanghai!) and great to chat to. There were 7 of us on the tour and Frank somehow managed to pace the tour to suit all our needs, including toilet breaks etc. We had an unfortunate mishap when our minibus broke down on the highway- it was clearly a one off and no one's fault and the driver and Frank were really apologetic. By the time we had got out of the minibus, Frank turned round to us and said he has already spoken to the tour company and another minibus was on its way. Really impressed with the service, and even though we arrived late, we still did the whole trip fully and it did not spoil the tour in the slightest. West Lake was beautiful and I enjoyed the tea ceremony. Although it was quite a hard sale on the green tea, which I succumbed too, I now actually wish I bought more: when I got back, I spoke to my Shanghainese friends about the tea and whether it was worth it, and they said the superior grade Longjing tea from Hangzhou is renowned and the best. Great tour and tour company.

vivi
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

we loved this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

AWESOME must see

JENNIFER R
Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

The tour was great! It turned out to be a private tour. My guide Catherine was simply the best. She took care of me and explained all the things that I need to know about Hangzhou, West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu, etc. I definitely recommend this tour to everyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Rained all day but it did not stop our tour director in making a plesent day for us even under umbrellas.

Cat
USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

West Lake is beautiful - it's definitely worth a visit. Very lush and green, even in the hot and humid weather. The Six Harmonies Pagoda was also beautiful to see.

Julie
Poland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Great day out and a must-do when in Shanghai. The scenery was breathtaking! I especially enjoyed the West Lake sightseeing cruise.
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