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Lingyin Temple Tours

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Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple is one of the oldest and most famous Buddhist temples in China and a top attraction in Hangzhou. Situated at the foot of Lingyin Mountain and surrounded by forest, Lingyin Temple is known for its tranquil setting, spiritual atmosphere, and numerous pagodas, grottoes, and Buddhist relics.
 
The Basics
Lingyin Temple, aka the “Temple of the Soul’s Retreat,” was founded in AD 326 and has been rebuilt many times since then. First, pass through Feilai Feng, or Flying Peak, which has hundreds of Buddhist statues carved into the hillside, along the river, and inside caves and grottoes. Be sure to visit the main halls of the temple, including the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, and the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine.
 
Lingyin Temple can be visited independently, but many visitors appreciate the extra insight offered by a guided tour. Most day tours of Hangzhou, including those from Shanghai, include Lingyin Temple and other top attractions, such as West Lake and Leifeng Pagoda. Customize which attractions you visit with a private day tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must enter Flying Peak before you can access Lingyin Temple. Admission fees are required for both.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover for both Linyin Temple and the Flying Peak area.
  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the temple.
  • There is a vegetarian restaurant inside the temple and a number of restaurants nearby.
 
How to Get There
Linyin Temple is located at No. 1 Fayun Lane, Lingyin Road in the Xihu District of Hangzhou. From Hangzhou Airport, take the shuttle bus (departs every 30–40 minutes) to Hangzhou Railway Station. From there, take bus nos. Y2 or K7, and get off at the Lingyin stop. Taxis are the most direct way of getting to the temple.
 
When to Get There
Lingyin Temple is extremely popular, especially during weekends and public holidays, and can see thousands of visitors a day when busy. Visit early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat.
 
Lingyin Temple Highlights
Find the Maitreya (Future) Buddha, manifested as the Laughing Buddha, and the Skanda Bodhisattva, the temple’s oldest statue at more than 800 years old, in the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. The ornate ceiling has paintings of dragons and phoenixes. Gaze at the giant gold-plated statue of Shakyamuni on a lotus flower in the Grand Hall. It's one of the largest wood-carved Buddhist statues in the world at more than 80 feet (24.4 meters) tall.
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Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street

Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street

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Set out on a scenic drive around Hangzhou’s UNESCO-listed landscapes on this private full-day sightseeing tour and enjoy a fully-customizable itinerary. Cruise around the mist-shrouded West Lake, one of China’s most memorable natural wonders, and stroll around the Flower Harbor Park. Visit the famous Lingyin Temple, sample traditional tea at the Meijiawu Tea Village and stop for lunch in a local family home (own expense).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.38
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US$153.38
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Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou. Work with your guide to customize your itinerary, and see famous spots, such as Meijiawu Tea Village, Leifeng Pagoda, Yuewang Temple, Liuhe Pagoda, and Longjing Village. Go on a boat ride on West Lake, see Chinese monks at Lingyin Temple, or even taste snakes on Hefang Street. This tour includes round-trip bullet-train tickets.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$276.00
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US$276.00
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The Mostly Recommended Hangzhou City Tour with Authentic Lunch

The Mostly Recommended Hangzhou City Tour with Authentic Lunch

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See Hangzhou’s top highlights all in one day on this introductory, private tour. Meet your guide at your local hotel or the Hangzhou Railway Station, and travel first to the West Lake: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scenic lake is a symbol of the city. Next, you’ll stroll down the Su Causeway, will explore the Lingyin Temple, will enjoy a tea tasting at the Longjing Tea Plantation, and more. This tour also includes a local lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$168.00
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US$168.00
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Day Tour of Picturesque Hangzhou

Day Tour of Picturesque Hangzhou

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Tour the scenic cultural highlights of Hangzhou on a full-day coach tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Take a boat ride on West Lake and visit Lingyin Temple, a Meijiawu tea plantation, and the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda). Learn about Chinese history and architecture while you explore each landmark.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$77.23
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Private Two Days Hangzhou Highlights Tour - Soul of Hangzhou

Private Two Days Hangzhou Highlights Tour - Soul of Hangzhou

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It takes more than one day to discover Hangzhou, the city Marco Polo described as heavenly. Experience the star attractions with a private guide on this door-to-door tour. First, cruise West Lake, tour Guo Garden, Huagang Park, and Leifeng Pagoda, and explore the National Tea Museum. On day 2, check off Lingyin Temple, Yunqi bamboo path, Southern Song Imperial Street, and sample Dragon Well (Longjing) tea at a tea plantation. You also have the option to add the Impression West Lake Show, if you'd like.
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  • 2 days
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US$226.67
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Hangzhou Day Tour with Impression West Lake Show from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Hangzhou Day Tour with Impression West Lake Show from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Explore the ancient city of Hangzhou on this private all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, catch a convenient bullet train and experience the city’s nature and culture at sites like Red Carp Pond, West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing tea fields, and QingHeFang. Enjoy a delicious complimentary meal and a VIP seat for an outdoor performance, Impression West Lake.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$392.00
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Flexible Hangzhou Private Day Tour with Lunch

Flexible Hangzhou Private Day Tour with Lunch

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Spend the day discovering the highlights of Hangzhou on this flexible, private tour. Pick a departure time that suits you best, and set off directly from your hotel. You can explore the UNESCO-listed West Lake, enjoy a delectable farm lunch at the Longjing Tea Plantation, tour the ancient Lingyin Buddist Temple complex, stroll though vibrant Hefang Street, and more (admission at the sights own expense).
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$169.54
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Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple

Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple

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Enjoy a full-day tour with an experienced guide to explore the highlights of Hangzhou. Visit Lingyin Temple, one of the most renowned Buddhist temples in China, and see intricate Buddhist carvings in numerous grottoes. Then head to Dragon Well Tea Plantation where you drink tea in a shaded pavilion with spectacular views. Finally, take a scenic cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then stop at Red Carp Pond. Enjoy great photo ops on a tour that includes transportation by climate-controlled coach with hotel pickup and drop-off, and lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.99
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US$61.99

Half-Day Flexible Private Hangzhou Highlight Tour

Half-Day Flexible Private Hangzhou Highlight Tour

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Don't waste time visiting places you're not interested in: on this customizable tour you can choose a few sights and attractions in Hangzhou that interest you most, and visit them with a guide. Learn about Chinese culture and history by checking out places that appeal to you. These might include West Lake, Lingyin Temple, the National Tea Museum, or many other interesting places.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$114.44
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Hangzhou Half Day Buddhism and Tea Culture Tour

Hangzhou Half Day Buddhism and Tea Culture Tour

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Discover Hangzhou’s signature green tea, Dragon Well, and an ancient Buddhist temple on this private tour, available in morning or afternoon options to suit your schedule. There’s no need to worry about the language barrier and taxis: Your guide collects you from your hotel or the station, whisks you to 1,500-year-old Lingyin Temple, then introduces you to a farmer in Meijiawu Tea Village to learn the art of tea.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.00
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US$121.00
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Private Hangzhou Day Tour to cruise in West Lake, Tea Plantation & Hefang street

Private Hangzhou Day Tour to cruise in West Lake, Tea Plantation & Hefang street

Travel to the historical city of Hangzhou and enjoy a cruise tour on West Lake. Stroll on the Su Causeway and visit Yuefei Temple, admiring the surrounding mist-cloaked hillsides, pavilions, and willows. After lunch, continue along the path to visit the scenic spots around the west lake, LingYin Temple, Klippe Ling Yin, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, a traditional tea farming village nestled in emerald slopes. And last but not least, visit one of the original Chinese medicine shops at Hefang Street. Entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$249.01
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US$249.01
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4-Hour Hangzhou City Private Customized Tour with Options

4-Hour Hangzhou City Private Customized Tour with Options

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Explore the ancient city of Hangzhou on this private, customizable excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, craft an itinerary that suits your interests and visit top attractions like Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Garden, and West Lake. Learn about Hangzhou’s history and culture from a knowledgeable, English, Mandarin Chinese or German-speaking guide and enjoy a delicious meal (optional) before returning to your destination.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.32
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Hangzhou Lingyin Temple Tour

Hangzhou Lingyin Temple Tour

You will be taken by a professional guide to wander around the Buddha park and the 1600-year-old temple. The vivid and detailed explanation will help you to better understand the Buddhas and Buddhism in China.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.15
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Half Day Hangzhou Highlights Tour with Optional Morning or Afternoon Start

Half Day Hangzhou Highlights Tour with Optional Morning or Afternoon Start

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Maximize your precious time with a private guide and driver on this door-to-door half-day Hangzhou tour, available in the morning or the afternoon. Start with a scenic cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; continue to historic Lingyin Temple with its mystic caves and grottoes; finish at a tea garden in Meijiawu Tea Village, where the farmer will introduce you to Dragon Well tea.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$154.00
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Private Full Day Tour : Customizable Hangzhou City Highlights with Multi Options

Private Full Day Tour : Customizable Hangzhou City Highlights with Multi Options

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Discover the splendid Hangzhou city highlights on this fully flexible 8-hour private tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Tick off the must-see highlights such as UNSECO site West Lake, Linyin Scenic Spot and famous Green Tea plantation, famed Leifeng Pagoda or local historic street, enjoy a delightful lunch at the local tea famer’s house. Customizable itinerary catering to your own preferences, enjoy convenient and comfortable door to door transfer from Hangzhou hotel or Hangzhou train station.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$145.70
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US$145.70
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Private Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by High-speed Train

Private Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by High-speed Train

Travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou by high-speed train to take in the highlights of Hangzhou on a private guided tour. You will first have a boat trip on the famous West Lake and then explore the Buddhist scenic spots, Lingyin Temple. In the afternoon, proceed to a tea village to learn the tea culture of Hangzhou. And round off with a visit to the Six Harmonious Pagoda which stands by the turbulent Qiantang River. Travel in comfort with a private driver and knowledgeable guide. The round-trip train tickets from Shanghai to Hangzhou are inclusive.
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  • 10 hours
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US$208.00
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US$208.00
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Private Tour of the West Lake, Linyin Temple, Tea Plantation & West Lake Show

Private Tour of the West Lake, Linyin Temple, Tea Plantation & West Lake Show

Surrounded by beautiful rolling green hills and tea terraces where the famous Dragon Well green tea grows, Hangzhou’s centerpiece and best-known landmark is West Lake. This tour is the perfect introduction to the lake.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$279.74
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US$279.74
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All-inclusive Customized Hangzhou Layover Tour

All-inclusive Customized Hangzhou Layover Tour

Welcome to Hangzhou! Make the most of your stopover in Hangzhou and visit the city highlight in a limited time. This tour take you to West lake, Linyin temple, Feilai peak, and Longjing Tea plantations. Entrance tickets, private guide, lunch are all inclusive. Please note: • This layover tour requires at least 8 to 10 hours between two connecting flights. • The latest tour departure time is 3PM • If you wish to be picked from your hotel, please advise your desired tour start time upon booking • If you wish to be picked/dropped from/to your hotel, please choose One Way Airport Transfer tour option
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$189.67
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Private Two Days Hangzhou Highlights Gourmet Tour

Private Two Days Hangzhou Highlights Gourmet Tour

Hangzhou Cuisine is one of the most popular Chinese cuisines in China. It features in a delicate, appetizing and refreshing taste, and Hangzhou is the paradise for every foodie. So don't lose the chance to try authentic Hangzhou foods and snacks while visiting the beautiful West Lake, exploring tea culture, etc.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$301.00
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US$301.00
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Flexible Private Hangzhou Layover Tour

Flexible Private Hangzhou Layover Tour

Take this worry free service for your stopover in Hangzhou.Hit off the key highlights including West lake, Linyin temple and tea plantation. The tour can 100% be customized based on your interests. Private guide, airport pick-up and drop-off are all inclusive. Please note: • This layover tour requires at least 8 to 10 hours between two connecting flights. • The latest tour departure time is 6 PM • If you wish to be picked from your hotel, please advise your desired tour start time upon booking • If you wish to be picked/dropped from/to your hotel, please choose One Way Airport Transfer tour option • If your start time later than 3PM, you may visit the place attractions which still open at night like Hefang street, West Lake, South Song Dynasty Park.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$169.54
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US$169.54
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Hangzhou Full Day Culture Trip to China Nationtal Silk Museum & Tea Village

Hangzhou Full Day Culture Trip to China Nationtal Silk Museum & Tea Village

Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist cities around Shanghai. To Chinese, Hangzhou is a budget airline hub that's under an hour from Shanghai by bullet train, encapsulates the cultured, artistic leisure of China's Southern Song Dynasty Golden Age and the life of the south of Yangtze River. To the relatively few Westerners who visit, Hangzhou feels like bottled essence of China: tea, silk and landscapes garlanded in willows and adorned with reflected bridges. Private transfer, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee are all included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$173.00
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US$173.00
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Hangzhou Private Tour to Cruise in the West Lake, Tea Plantation & Hefang Street

Hangzhou Private Tour to Cruise in the West Lake, Tea Plantation & Hefang Street

Travel to the historical city of Hangzhou and enjoy a cruise tour on West Lake! Stroll on the Su Causeway and visit Yuefei Temple, admire the surrounding mist-cloaked hillsides, pavilions, and willows. After lunch, visit the LingYin Temple, Klippe Ling Yin, Meijiawu Tea Plantation which is a traditional tea farming village. And last but not least, visit one of the original Chinese medicine shops at Hefang Street. Take the best memories of Hangzhou with you! Entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$249.01
Price varies by group size
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US$249.01
Price varies by group size

Hangzhou Private Tour with the West Lake, Hefang street, and the West Lake Show

Hangzhou Private Tour with the West Lake, Hefang street, and the West Lake Show

Travel to the historical city of Hangzhou and visit the West Lake, Su Causeway, the Flower Pond, Winery Yard and Lotus Pool. After lunch, we continue to visit scenic spots around the West Lake, the LingYin Temple, Klippe Ling Yin, and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, a traditional tea farming village. We will then explore Hefang Street and go to visit the traditional Chinese medicine shop. At night we will see the West Lake music and dance show, a large-scale performance in the Yuehu Lake Scenic Area. Entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Your guide will share insider stories and trivia from the city’s past. See the city’s main attractions in just a few hours. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$297.75
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US$297.75
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Delightful Wuzhen Water Town and Hangzhou City Highlights Private Day Tour

Delightful Wuzhen Water Town and Hangzhou City Highlights Private Day Tour

Explore both beautiful Wuzhen Water Town and Hangzhou on this fully customized private day tour. Enjoy boat ride and sightseeing in Wuzhen, choose 2 or 3 top attractions you want to see the most in Hangzhou, such as West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Guo's Village, Former Residence of Xueyan, Longjing Tea Field, Hefang Street,  Leifeng Pagoda and etc.. Local lunch, selected entrance fees, private guide and private vehicle service are all inclusive.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$246.89
Price varies by group size
From
US$246.89
Price varies by group size
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