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Top Day Trips from Hangzhou

By Viator, February 2018

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Hangzhou, nicknamed Heaven on Earth and the source of inspiration for numerous poets, writers and artists over the centuries, is considered by many to be China’s most beautiful city. If you prefer the peace of the West Lake area over the traffic and ultramodern development of nearby Shanghai, consider basing yourself in Hangzhou while taking day trips to explore the surrounding region.

If you only have time for one day trip, it should be to one of China’s ancient water villages, and there are a few within day trip-distance of Hangzhou. Wuzhen, one of several ancient water towns found south of the Yangtze River, dates back more than 2,000 years. Pedestrian pathways line meandering canals crossed by old stone bridges, earning the town the nickname “Venice of China.”

A full day tour of Wuzhen from Hangzhou will take you to the Hundred-Bed Museum, a wine workshop and a dye house where indigo-colored cloth is still being produced using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. End your day with a leisurely boat ride through the winding canals.

Another of China’s water villages, Shaoxing, offers a completely different experience than Wuzhen. A day trip to Shaoxing from Hangzhou starts with an exploration of the town on a traditional Chinese gondola, followed by a visit to the serene Shen Garden and the meticulously landscaped Lanting Orchid Pavilion.

While most tourists to China visit Hangzhou on a side trip from Shanghai, it’s certainly possible to do things the other way around. On a day trip to Shanghai from Hangzhou, you’d be able to walk along the iconic Bund, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, have lunch in the French Concession and do some people watching in People’s Square.

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Private Tour: Hangzhou Tea Culture Day Tour, Hangzhou, null
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Private Tour: Hangzhou Tea Culture Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Longjing tea is considered one of best China teas and Hangzhou is known for producing the best Longjing tea in China. The tea is grown on the Longjing Mountain ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Day Tour of Picturesque Hangzhou, Hangzhou, Nature & Wildlife
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Day Tour of Picturesque Hangzhou

This is an elaborately designed tour to explore the beauty of Hangzhou by visiting its most highlighted attractions including Lingyin Temple, West Lake, ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.29
Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou, Hangzhou, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

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Escape the busy Hangzhou crowds and discover Wuzhen’s rich cultural background on this full-day coach tour. Explore the picturesque water town with its stone ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Incredible Wuzhen Water Town tour with Authentic Chinese Foot Massage, Hangzhou, Day Trips
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Incredible Wuzhen Water Town tour with Authentic Chinese Foot Massage

Explore Wuzhen water town is a unique ancient appearance with houses made of black bricks and gray tiles contrasting sharply with the white walls, making it ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Private Hangzhou Tour with Xixi Wetland, Hangzhou, Private Day Trips
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Private Hangzhou Tour with Xixi Wetland

On this private day tour, you will visit the beatiful Xixi Wetland of Hangzhou.You will taste local food in Hangzhou and visit the old city area of Hangzhou to ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Private Hangzhou City Tour, Hangzhou, Day Trips
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Private Hangzhou City Tour

Explore the beautiful Hangzhou on this full-day tour. You will visit the charming West Lake, Lingyin Temple and the Feilai Peak.  Taste some local food ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.00
All Inclusive Alibaba Company Visiting & Hangzhou Classic Day Tour, Hangzhou, Day Trips
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All Inclusive Alibaba Company Visiting & Hangzhou Classic Day Tour

Book an All Inclusive Hangzhou Day Tour is an easier way for you to explore the city in short time. This private tour includes the must see in Hangzhou, the ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Coach Day Tour: Shaoxing Ancient Town with Lunch from Hangzhou, Hangzhou, Day Trips
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Coach Day Tour: Shaoxing Ancient Town with Lunch from Hangzhou

When we talk about Shaoxing, we will never leave out rice wine, Shen Garden, and Orchid Pavilion. But there is definitely much more for visitors. This tour ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.24
Private Tour: Classic Hangzhou and Tea Culture Day Trip, Hangzhou, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Classic Hangzhou and Tea Culture Day Trip

Visit Hangzhou’s symbolic landscapes and learn more about Chinese tea culture all in one day! Take a boat on the romantic West Lake, experience tea culture at ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $289.00
Day Trip to Shaoxing from Hangzhou, Hangzhou, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Shaoxing from Hangzhou

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Spend a day relaxing in the city of Shaoxing on this 8-hour guided tour from Hangzhou. Set sail on a Chinese Wupeng boat to discover more about the Shen Garden ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $295.00

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