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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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4 star rating: Recommended
November 2007

Very good!

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2007

The trip was very pleasant. The guide and the driver were excellent. Hangzhou is lovely place to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. But West Lake reminded me of other places I had seen. When time is limited it is a difficult question, what to see and what not to see. Four hours have to be spent in transit to see a lovely but not entirely unique lake.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2007

Personnel did a great job. However, the weather was cool and cloudy. That diminished the otherwise excellent quality of the trip.

Garry E

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2007

Worth doing but I was the only person on the tour and the tour guide, although personable enough, was a bit quiet and didn't seem to be enthusiastic. Maybe unavoidable for a single person tour.

Paul H

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2007

This trip was good. I was lucky enough to be the only one on the tour, so my experience may differ from others. West Lake was very nice, but I would be hard pressed to call it 'Heaven on Earth'. It is definitely nicer than Shanghai, but it is still quite smoggy and crowded. The tea visit was nice, as was the garden. The lunch was pretty good as well. Still I enjoyed the trip it is a long time travelling about 3 hours each way.

Elaine K

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2006

Unfortunately the weather was not good, as it rained all day and was very misty, which meant that it was not easy to see the scenery while we were cruising on the lake. It is a trip that I would like to do again in better weather.



4 star rating: Recommended
November 2006

I had a very short amount of time to see the sights while in Shanghai but at the same time didn't want to only see one city in China. As such, the Hangzhou Heaven on Earth tour was perfect. It is a great day where you see so much and come away with a really good experience of the China that lives outside of Shanghai. The boat ride, visit to the Pagoda and the Dragon Well Tea plantation were real highlights. Highly recommended!

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2013

Great place!But the tour guide was rude and horrible! He should Be accomodating when we are asking questions.He's always in a hurry, he should understand that we are there to take some time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. He should also volunteer on taking SOME of our pictures.worst tourguide

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2012

I enjoyed my day. I wish my tour guide was a little more informative at the sights on the history. He spoke a lot to the driver in Chinese all day. I had to ask a lot of questions rather than the guide offering information.

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3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2012

It's ok, it gives you an idea of the city.

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2011

It was a good trip, however I wld have liked to spent more time in the Lake area-and the boat trip was pretty short. However the guide was helpful and I very much appreciated the effort she went to to have my jacket that I had left in the Restaurant returned to me. The driver for both our trips was exceptional-he managed to drive through peak traffic at a reasonable speed and somehow direct us through without any problems or feeling unsafe. He was great.

Bruce W
United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2011

Guide and driver were friendly and helpful. It is a long day trip, two hours each way, and it would be good to add something else to the Hangzhou end to make the journey more worthwhile. The West Lake itself was lovely. The pagoda visit after lunch was a bit of a non-event. Lunch itself was inedible.

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2011

Hangzhou is a scenic location. We had a good time there. Unfortunately, the journey is a bit long from Shanghai (about 3 hrs). Our guide, Frankie, is a friendly person but he is still new in the job, I think. He didn't provide much commentaries about the location, the building, etc.

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2011

Beautiful place to visit. Recommend trip for the destiation. But; van smaller than on previous trips, older and somewhat dirty with mushy odour. A pity for a 2.5 travel time each way. Felt rushed when walking around, especially short time at the pictureqse fish lake area.


3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2011

Beautiful gardens and the green tea village demo / tasting was interesting

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