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How to Spend 1 Day in Hangzhou

How to Spend 1 Day in Hangzhou

Hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in China, Hangzhou and its scenic West Lake has been a source of inspiration to poets and painters for centuries; it’s also the source of some of the best tea in the world. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Hangzhou.

 

Morning: See the Sights of West Lake

Early risers should watch the sunrise over the Su Causeway, one of the Ten Scenes of West Lake. Afterwards, take a boat cruise around the lake; tours tend to stop at either Solitary Hill (Gu Hill), the only natural island in the lake, or Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf to explore Flower Harbor Park and Red Carp Pond.

 

After West Lake, head to either Lingyin Temple or Six Harmonies (Liuhe) Pagoda. Lingying Temple, known for the hundreds of stone Buddhist statues carved into the hillside. The 6-sided, 7-story Six Harmonies Pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture and offers panoramic views over the Qiantang River.

 

Afternoon: Experience Tea Culture

Spend the afternoon learning about tea culture, in particular Longjing (Dragon Well) tea, considered one of the finest teas in China. Head to the terraced green hills of either Meijiawu Tea Village or Dragon Well Tea Village—also home to the National Tea Museum—on a tour, which typically comprise lunch in a teahouse and a tea ceremony, during which you’ll learn about tea planting and how to properly pour a cup. This is also a great opportunity to purchase tea under the supervision of an expert guide.

 

Night: Experience Local Culture

Head back to Hangzhou to catch a performance of Impressions West Lake. Directed by the acclaimed Zhang Yimou, it uses West Lake as its stage and combines music, dance, singing, opera, and other cultural highlights for a dazzling rendition of a local Hangzhou legend. 

Afterwards, head to Qinghefang Ancient Street, the best-preserved historic street in the city, to appreciate classical architecture, grab dinner and drinks, and shop for souvenirs.

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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
From
US$153.38
Price varies by group size
From
US$153.38
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Hangzhou Tea Culture Day Tour

Private Tour: Hangzhou Tea Culture Day Tour

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Just south of Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, Longjing village produces dragonwell tea, one of the finest green teas in China. Enjoy a private tour that takes you to Longjing where you learn all about this celebrated tea. Your knowledgeable guide takes you to see the China National Tea Museum, Eighteen Imperial Tea Bushes, and the Meijiawu Tea Village each place revealing another aspect of this fine tea. You also have the option to purchase lunch at a local restaurant run or have a homecooked meal at a local farmer's home.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$137.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$137.00
Price varies by group size

All-Inclusive Hangzhou Highlights Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

All-Inclusive Hangzhou Highlights Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

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Escape to a more tranquil area of China during this tour of Hangzhou highlights, including round-trip transport and lunch. Take a boat across the UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake, and experience a Chinese tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Village. Walk down the bamboo-lined path at Yunqi and stop for a meal at a tea farmer’s house, if you've selected the all-inclusive option.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$145.00
Price varies by group size
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US$145.00
Price varies by group size

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
From
US$77.23
From
US$77.23

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
From
US$121.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$121.00
Price varies by group size

Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour

Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour

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See two different sides of history-saturated Hangzhou—and enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance, hosted right on its UNESCO-listed West Lake—with this two-in-one excursion. Following pickup at your hotel, venture first to the historical Hefang Street, where you can spy local landmarks, shop for souvenirs, and more. Then, once evening descends, transfer to the West Lake to see the Enduring Memories of Hangzhou show: a one-of-a-kind performance featuring dancers, light shows, music, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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Hangzhou Tea Culture Experience Tour

Hangzhou Tea Culture Experience Tour

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Well, Hangzhou is home of Longjing tea. Tea is an important contribute to human's life. It is pleasant to see the tea plantation to understand the tea culture: How do people pick up the tea leaves? Why they still use hand to roast the leaves in the pot? Why the first cup they only put a little water to brew the tea? All those questions will be answered by your spot understanding. Authentic, breath-taking view make the tour well worth your trip to Hangzhou. * Discover the beautiful countryside surrounding Hangzhou on a private tour * Hotel pick-up and drop-off, and round-trip vehicle transfer included * Visit the Dragon Well Tea Village, and learn how to pick tea with authentic tools * Stop for a traditional tea house and take part in a tea ceremony
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.99
per group
From
US$52.99
per group

Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda, National Silk Museum and Qinghefang Cultural Street

Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda, National Silk Museum and Qinghefang Cultural Street

Check out some of Hangzhou's top attractions on this 8-hour sightseeing tour. With a guide, learn a bit about the area's history and culture as you visit Leifeng Pagoda, the China National Silk Museum, and Hefang Street, aka Qinghefang Ancient Street. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 hours
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US$0.00
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