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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the rich cultural tapestry of Hangzhou, a city shrouded in history and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Shanghai. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, gain fascinating insight into China’s most esteemed tea at Meijiawu Tea Village; cruise on the idyllic and inspirational West Lake; and marvel at the alluring architecture of the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Explore the historical highlights and cultural delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city on this all-inclusive tour, during which lunch, round-trip transportation and entrance fees are complimentary.  
  • Full-day tour of Hangzhou, from Shanghai
  • Visit the iconic Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda)
  • Watch a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Village
  • Take a boat cruise on Hangzhou's magnificent West Lake
  • Walk around Flower Harbor and admire Red Carp Pond
  • Enjoy the informative commentary of your knowledgeable guide
  • Includes lunch, boat cruise, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off
After pickup from your Shangahihotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, relax during the scenic 3-hourdrive to the splendid city of Hangzhou. Listen as your knowledgeable guide setsthe historical scene and offers insight into the 2,000-year history of thecity.

On arrival, begin yourexploration at the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a majestic masterpiecethat towers at a height of 196 feet (60 meters). Admire the distinctarchitecture and the picturesque surroundings before visiting an informativemuseum beside the pagoda.

Next, venture to Meijiawu TeaVillage to discover some of the world’s finest tea varieties; capture photographsof the verdant sprawl of plantations then experience the art of a traditionaltea ceremony for important insight into Chinese culture. Revitalize with a traditionallunch then head to the luscious landscapes surrounding West Lake, a beautifulbody of water that has inspired poets and artists from around the world.

Board a boat and cruise theshimmering surface, admiring the temples, pagodas and mountains that pepper theshores. Disembark at Red Carp Pond to absorb the botanical beauty of thegardens, and then trace a picturesque trail through an area named 9 Creeks and18 Gullies. See meandering streams and quaint refuges while listening to anengaging narrative about the region’s rich heritage.

When your enriching excursiondraws to a close, relax during the smooth journey back to your Shanghai hotel,where the tour concludes.   
Itinerary
Stop At:  
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Viewing Fish in Flower Harbor is located by West Lake. You will walk into this park and smell the beauty and peace in this world. After that is to have a cruise across West Lake to experience peace and serenity. The unforgettable scenery includes Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Bai and Su Causeways, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda, etc.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Meijia Dock
This is Meijiawu Tea Village, where people understand the long-life living with a traditional tea ceremony and its significance to Chinese culture.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pagoda of Six Harmonies
Six Harmonies Pagoda is on to the most striking structure in the city. You will get to visit the charming museum and snap some photos in front of this architectural marvel that was built in the Song Dynasty.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Hangzhou day trip from Shanghai.
hilly1232015
, Aug 2019
We were very pleased with the excellent service from our guide Tom, he communicated well in English and provided an interesting commentary of this amazing area. The only issue was sitting in traffic for a couple of hours. Understand this is unavoidable in these huge cities, one must put up with the delays to China's beautiful countryside. Pleasantly surprised at the clean cities, roads and the huge tree planting taking place every where on can see.
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Fair
mpra89
, Jul 2019
The tour was fair, they brought you to Hangzhou but at times the tour became rushed. In particular the boat ride on Hangzhou was a one way transportation ferry as opposed to the antique tour boats other tours use. Hangzhou itself however is BEAUTIFUL, I just wish the tour arranged to spend more time in the lake park.
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Good tour, not so good guide
pallavitas2018
, Jul 2019
The tour itinerary was good however the guide (Tom) was a disappointment. I have gone on tours previously through viator in the China region and with the same tour company (Han Tan Tours) and have had the most fabulous guides before so i was excited to see that this tour was also through Han Tan Tours. However this one was nothing like before - Tom was only interested in ticking the boxes, he gave no history or fun titbits and only focused on facts like numbers (height/depth/how large a city is etc etc) - he gave us no time in any place to just enjoy it on our own. Despite having reached Hangzhou earlier than expected, he took us to the West lake, showed us the pond with fishes and then made us wait for the ferry and the ferry took us across the lake and dropped us where the tour bus was waiting so we didn't actually get to walk around the lake or enjoy the sites on our own at all. Ideally he should have allowed us 30-45 mins to wander around the lake before taking the ferry. This was the case in every place and highly disappointing - we were rushed into the tea garden with the focus on doing the tea ceremony and getting us to the shop, no time to see the gardens. At the Pagoda of Six Harmonies, we insisted on going up the Pagoda on our own else he would have rushed us out (again no walk around the park there). He just seemed to be in this tearing hurry spoiling the whole tour for us. The lunch wasn't that great either - we were seated in a side room with uncomfortable seats and torn table cloths!
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I really liked it
Explorer05172687763
, May 2019
I really love meeting small villages and Im a tea lover, so I was very excited to visit a tea field. Unfortunately it wasn’t harvest season, but still was great to be there. Alina guided us through it all, including the temple, the lake and the boat trip, telling us about the history of the places and counting us the local legends and folkores.
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Our tour guide Frank made some...
Anita M
, Apr 2018
Our tour guide Frank made some conversation but al preoccupied on his phone. Hangzhou is beautiful but your very rushed. Appears they want to get home quick. Tea plantation amazing but more sales pitch no time to walk the tea terraces they want you to buy. Lunch less than average.do tour on your own
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My tour guide was very knowledgeable...
LOIS B
, Oct 2017
My tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable and I was fortunate to have him for all my tours in Shanghai and I received all that was promised.
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Tour guide was excellent. . Car...
Albert L
, Oct 2017
Tour guide was excellent. . Car was so bad. For long distance tour, the car wasn't suitable. the seats were so uncomfortable, very hard. Air Conditioner wasn't working. The driver opened the window. Can you imagine, For such long distance tour, you have to sit in the car like that ?
star-5
Amazing tour with a Frank. He is...
Leslie Yesenia A
, Oct 2017
Amazing tour with a Frank. He is very knowledgeable and gave us great information on the three tours I took with him.
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Very low level tour The car was...
Amir G
, Sep 2017
Very low level tour The car was not clean and smelled of cigarettes, the air conditioner did not work. There were insufficient explanations. A 15-minute boat ride and no explanation. A lunch that would shame any average restaurant. The place looks like a moving movie theater. It does not look like it has been cleaned or replaced with table cloths for a long time. The Pagoda tour was a low-level round around the pagoda and that's it. A tour of the tea factory did not include explanations of how to grow tea and focused only on marketing and selling local products. It's a pity that the long journey time back and forth over 6 hours could be done by train and put in more content. This tour is not worth the money and a pity about time.
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I am giving this tour a one star as...
ykelrikh
, Sep 2017
I am giving this tour a one star as I feel it was not just a waste of money it was also a waste of valuable time that I could have spent on something else while in Shanghai. The Heaven on Earth is a big overstatement. There was not really much to see. The West Lake is nice, but not nice enough to drive 3 hours in each way, there is literally one decent pagoda to see near the lake. We were picked up at our hotel at 8AM and then drove for three hours to Hangzhou. The city itself is nothing special at all, so the only thing to see there is a lake surrounded by a park. We spent about 30 minutes on the water and then were taken to a very ordinary restaurant to eat basic Chinese food for lunch. After lunch, we were taken to a mandatory sales presentation loosely disguised as a Tea Ceremony. There was no ceremony, just a quick medium to high pressure sales pitch for tea and tea derivatives. About the drive: the driver drove like a maniac, constantly changing lanes, cutting in front of other cars while constantly fiddling with his phone texting and talking without a headset, but mostly texting. The tour guide was very non-engaging, spoke very little. A good tour guide can speak the entire drive maybe giving some info about the area or things we passed on the way. She did none of those things and was not prepared for that as she didn't even have any kind of loudspeaker with her. If you really want to see Hangzhou, take a high-speed train and then take taxi to West Lake and get a lake tour one of many tour boats crossing the lake. You will save valuable time and money. I was fooled by huge number of glowing reviews of the tour. I know have doubts about the authorship of those reviews.

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