Not recommended. Hangzhou wasn't as beautiful as advertised. Our guide wasn't very informative. The Suzhou and Zhouzhang Water Village Day tour is a much better side trip from Shanghai.
Dominique R Reunion
dfenitively never again!!! half a day on the highway with trafic jams!! all this for a glance an eye on a poor lake !!never again
Unfortunately when we arrived there, the mist/fog/pollution was so bad we could hardly see more than 200metres across the lake. The areas around the lake were very interesting. As our driver had got lost going there, we were short of time and the areas around the lake were rushed. She got even more lost when returning to Shanghai and was so late that our guide deserted us at the first drop-off back in Shanghai and we were left hoping the driver knew how to get back to our hotel. A most disappointing tour! No stars from us!
Eventhough I have a private tour (only me and my wife), it is not a good tour, the tour leader didn't explain the history of the places and/or he should show more interesting places in Hangzhou. He acted more like a companion to us, helped us with pictures taking. However, as we love tea, we enjoy the tea place visiting.
West Lake is not so beautiful. Not worth of going. Very expensive trip.
Wilfred P USA
This is definitely not a trip that you want to do in one day. The travelling time took 5 hours, 2.5 hours each way and there is not enough time to see much of Hangzhou in the time left. The visit to the tea plantation where they try to get you to buy all kind of tea and the boat ride took up most of the stay in Hangzhou.
Michael K Australia
You travel too far in a small uncomfortable van, and what there is to see is not worth the effort. Lunch was the highlight of the day.