• Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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The city of Shaoxing in Hangzhou Bay is lined with canals. Travel there with a guide during this day trip from Hangzhou and take in the ancient bridges and bazaars during a boat ride. You'll discover highlights such as the Shen Garden and Orchid Pavilion. A restaurant lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included.


  • Full-day Shaoxing guided day trip
  • Ride a boat on the canals of Hangzhou Bay
  • Admission fees plus lunch at a Chinese restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hangzhou downtown

What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Shaoxing from Hangzhou

Discover ancient China on a trip to Shaoxing

Meet your guide upon pickup from your hotel in downtown Hangzhou. You'll depart in the morning for Shaoxing, located about a 1-hour drive away on the southern shore of Hangzhou Bay.

On arrival, explore the canal-lined city aboard a traditional wupeng (black-awning) boat. Your guide points out the residences, ancient bridges, and bazaars along the banks, before you disembark for a walk to Shen Garden. Once belonging to its namesake, a wealthy businessman of the Southern Song Dynasty, this was the largest private garden in Shaoxing and served as inspiration for many Chinese poems.

Following a restaurant lunch of Chinese dishes, it's a short walk to the Orchid Pavilion, which dates back centuries. See skilled displays of orchid arrangement and admire classical gardens honoring the 4th-century calligraphy of Wang Xizhi. The site is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese calligraphy, and in the year 353 dozens of members of the literati gathered at the pavilion to write poetry together.

After a look around, your tour concludes with return transport to your hotel in Hangzhou.

Please note: A minimum of two adults per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Lawrence C

4 star rating: Recommended April 2017

Very good tour, with a very professional guide. There are many interesting sights once the city is reached. The only downside is that it is about an hour and a half trip each way, with the route being a largely dull freeway equivalent. It is still worth doing, however.

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