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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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.

Steven E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

long way to go but was well worth the visit, beautiful scenery really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

We had a great time,hangzhou is a nice city, but not small!! Helen our tour guide was awesome, she knew everything and could answer all our questions.

Michael P
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2010

Weather was misty so did not experience beautifull colours of scenery - but still a wonderfull day excursion - West Lake should not be missed

Penelope W
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2010

Weather not good but my guide kept me entertained and informed. The Peony festival was beautiful and the mist gave the feeling of the old warriors being away in the distance. I will definitely go back again.

MOHAMED ALI M
United Arab Emirates

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2009

Very good tour, did not fancy driving in China or anywhere near Shanghai, so this was an excellent way to see some of the beautiful scenery around Hangzhou.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2008

Long drive but well worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the scenery is magnificent especially West Lake. Tea Village is another recommended experience with genuine tea and reasonably cheap compared to central Shanghai prices. Well informed tour guide. Worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

It's true that the trip by bus is very long, 2.5 hours, but it worth it. The places are amazing, really beautiful. The pagoda is incredible. I would like to spend more time there to go to the top of the building, later you go to the Tea Village. I loved learning everything about the different kinds of green tea and its properties, here I only bought one bottle of the very good tea for 300 RMB. Now I realize that I had to buy more because in Shanghai it is more expensive, the good one. And finally we went to the West Lake, now I understand the name 'Heaven on Earth', everybody should go there. Our guide was great, really friendly and helpful!!! He made the trip very interesting because he explained to us a lot of stories and legends about the places.

Jayme C
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Fantastic day trip - a must for people visiting Shanghai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Hangzhou and West Lake are marvelous places to escape from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. I experienced paradise.

Susan S
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2006

A really incredible experience. A great tour with a very good tour guide. I would recommend this tour very highly.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

Hangzhou is a long drive from Shanghai - about 3 hours, but it is worth the trip. The West Lake was lovely and whilst it would have been nice to walk around, time was constricted, so going on a boat ride instead was a quick, nice and convenient way to view the lake and the stunning scenery. Lunch was OK - not the best. The trip to the China National Tea Museum was good fun - tasting green tea! Visiting Liuhe Pagoda was a nice way to end the day.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

Worth to travel here

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2014

Very good tour, a little long

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

The national park is breathtaking, the scenery is beautiful
Our guide Jackie was pleasant and well informed.
We had lunch in a hotel, the food was bland and boring. I suggested to Jackie that he should find another restaurant with more authentic cuisine.
On the way back the road was extremely uneven and bumpy. These were minor details compared to the overall wonderful experience

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

The guide Frank was very articulate and knowledgeable. The sights were worth the cost.

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