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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 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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US$28.15

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

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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Private Hangzhou Day Tour to West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village, Old Pagoda

Private Hangzhou Day Tour to West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village, Old Pagoda

Spend one day explore Hangzhou's top attractions like Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Village, Six Harmonies Pagoda and have a leisure boat trip on the famous West Lake. Learn more about Hangzhou’s history and tea culture from your informative guide. Take it easy with door-to-door round-trip transfers.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$115.50
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US$115.50
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Hangzhou Private Day Trip to West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Village

Hangzhou Private Day Trip to West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Village

Visit city highlights of Hangzhou in one day Cruise on West Lake and enjoy the fabulous view of Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. Learn the interesting tea processing at Dragon Well Tea Village. Treat yourself with the fresh tranquil air at Lingyin Temple
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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Private Tour: West Lake, Linyin Temple and Dragon Well Tea Terrace

Private Tour: West Lake, Linyin Temple and Dragon Well Tea Terrace

Discover the treasures of Hangzhou on a private full-day tour that includes visits to Lingyin Temple, West Lake and Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Start with a sightseeing cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, then walk around Lingyin Temple, one of China’s most celebrated Buddhist temples, featuring numerous grottoes decorated with Buddhist rock carvings. After lunch, stop at Dragon Well Tea Plantation and taste fine green tea while sitting on a shaded pavilion with views over the fields. Includes private vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$260.02
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US$260.02
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A Visit To Zen Buddhist Temple & A Taste Of Chinese Tea

A Visit To Zen Buddhist Temple & A Taste Of Chinese Tea

it is not only a traditional culture tour about buddhism but also a experiencing tour for chinese tea and food. you will have meals in the recommended local restaurant.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$211.93
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US$211.93
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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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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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Private Botique Tour: Essential Hangzhou Sightseeing with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Private Botique Tour: Essential Hangzhou Sightseeing with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Enjoy a full-day private sightseeing with professional local tour guide, discover the essence of Hangzhou. You will take a boat to view the fascinating scenery at renowned West Lake, visit the Red Carp Pond in the south of the Flower Harbor Park, explore the splendid Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat), enjoy delicious local food and taste Dragon Well Tea.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$206.63
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US$206.63
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All-inclusive Customized Hangzhou Private Day Tour

All-inclusive Customized Hangzhou Private Day Tour

Explore the beautiful Paradise City Hangzhou on a fully customized sightseeing day tour while you are in town. Accompanied by your personal guide, stroll around Flower Harbor Park and take a relaxing boat on the West Lake. Visit the famous Lingyin Temple; see the traditional Meijiawu Dragon Well tea plantation, and wonder along the old Hefang Street. Local lunch, tea tasting, entrance fees of Lingyin Temple and Leifeng Pagoda, boat ride experience at West Lake, private guide and private vehicle service are all inclusive. If you wish to swap some different attractions, please feel free to discuss with your friendly guide on the travel day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$216.16
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US$216.16
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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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US$114.44
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Essential Hangzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Essential Hangzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Spend full with a local expert tour guide to discover the essence of Hangzhou. Take a boat to view the fascinating scenery at renowned West Lake, visit the Red Carp Pond in the south of the Flower Harbor Park, explore the splendid Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat), enjoy delicious local food and taste Dragon Well Tea. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$228.00
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US$228.00
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Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

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Discover the city Marco Polo famously called ‘paradise’ on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou, including hotel pick-up. Capture photos of the glittering West Lake; admire the unique rock formations of Feilai Mountain; and see landmarks like Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and Six Harmonies Pagoda. After lunch (own expense), discover the history of China’s silk trade at the fascinating National Silk Museum, then stroll down the lively shopping street of Qinghefang.
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  • 8 hours
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US$172.71
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US$172.71
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Hangzhou Private Flexible Day Tour with West Lake Boat Cruise

Hangzhou Private Flexible Day Tour with West Lake Boat Cruise

Enjoy this full day 8-hour private Hangzhou city sightseeing tour with a local expert guide. Spend some quality time visit the city’s top attractions inline with your own styles. Cruise around the UNESCO West Lake, one of the China’s famed natural wonders, appreciate the charming scenery along the lake. Visit the impressive stone Buddha Grottos in Fei Lai Peak, admire the Grand Lingyin Buddhist temple while visiting different sections of the area. Sample some famed green tea and freshly prepared home dish at the local tea farmer’s house while enjoying the amazing view of the green tea terrace and countryside scenery. 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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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$147.82
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US$147.82
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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$77.24
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US$77.24

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$226.67
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US$226.67
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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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US$154.00
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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
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US$246.89
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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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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
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US$249.01
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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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US$112.32
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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
Price varies by group size
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US$168.00
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