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.
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Round-trip train fares, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Amazing Shanghai Trip
On Viator Since August 2016
Private air-conditioned comfortable car
Round trip bullet train fare
Tea tasting at Tea Village
Hotel pick up and drop off (Shanghai downtown hotels only)
West Lake Boat Ride and 1 local attraction ticket (for All Inclusive Package)
Hotel pick-up does not include hotels in the outskirts such as Jiading, Songjiang ,Qingpu ,Jinqiao, Chuansha in Pudong areas, etc. If your hotel is not in the downtown your guide will provide instructions on where to meet downtown
West Lake Boat Ride and local attraction ticket (if All Inclusive Package is not selected)
Meeting And Pickup
Select a pickup point
Your hotel or airbnb in Shanghai City
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting your bullet train ticket in advance)
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Please wear comfortable shoes
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Heaven on the way to Paradise
Robert_W, Jan 2020
What an amazing private tour. From the first moment our guide Berlin greeted us at the hotel to the last minute that she made sure we arrived back safely, everything about this experience was top notch. The communication beforehand. The sights we saw. The food / restaurant that was picked for lunch (seriously. the best meal we had!). The seemless operation of travel logistics. Simply cannot beat this level of service. Worth every penny. Well, every Yuan. HIGHLY recommend!
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Best way to see Hangzhou
Juan_T, Nov 2019
Berlin was a very knowledgeable guide and attentive to details. She made great suggestions to customize the tour for us!
Blown away by this tour
Alyssa_P, Nov 2019
On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 I took the tour from Shanghai to Hangzhou and it is honestly the best tour I’ve ever been on. Berlin was our tour guide and she made our trip even better. Berlin was very knowledgeable of the location we visited and provided us was excellent recommendations in regards to food and snacks to try. The location themselves are so beautiful. The boat ride in West Lake was very lovely. The temple was really cool, I didn’t know what to expect and I left with the knowledge of something new. This tour gets an A+ all around. I would like to thank Berlin and Viator for an excellent experience.
First time in Hangzhou
Voyage42851792801, Oct 2019
My guide Berlin was very punctual to pick us. Very energetic and thoughtful. We scheduled the day according to our pace and preference. Lunch and walks was well taken care of and she even made sure my mother had seats while waiting for our bullet train. Awesome experience.
That's the way to see real China!
Herbert_M, Aug 2019
Our guide, Berlin, took us to the most authentic places in Hangzhou, an ancient Buddhist temple with statues carved in the mountainous rock, picturesque tea villages with terraces of tea surrounding beautiful mountains (what a view!) and we ended on a beautiful lake, with areas covered by lotus plants, surrounded by forest trees, what a place for perfect tranquility! I warmly recommend Berlin, and this tour.
Ronit T, Jul 2019
It was a very nice, unique day! I am a vegetarian which is hard in China and Berlin my tourist guide made sure that was not a problem. The whole experience was amazing she was willing to acomodate to what I wanted to do. Super nice and friendly, felt like traveling with a friend.
Rachel_C, Apr 2019
We had an amazing time visiting Hangzhou and I recommend this tour to anyone traveling in the area! Everything in Hangzhou is kind of far a part and we did not see much public transportation like you do in Shanghai. I think especially if you only have a day to see Hangzhou this tour makes it the most efficient and stress free. Our tour guide Snow was fantastic and I think my favorite part was the boat ride on west lake.
Great day in Hangzhou
WalterL_W, Dec 2018
This was a great day. The tour description promises fully customized and that is what we got. We communicated in advance that we were interested in history and art, and wanted no tea plantations. I did some preparation reading, sent a list of potential sites, took feedback and arrived at a full day. Alana, our guide, had excellent English and managed both the logistics and the pace of the visit very well, we were always moving but never felt rushed. Picked up by private car at hotel and taken to train station where Alana managed the transit. Second class train seats quite comfortable and acceptable, as we sped past golden rice fields nearly ready to harvest. In Hangzhou we had the same private car and driver all day. Went to West Lake in morning, and had a boat ride. Then for lunch Alana had to do some quick regrouping since clients usually taken to restaurant near tea plantations. She found a wonderful place and ordered an abundant meal with soup and 4 dishes. This was the best Chinese meal we had on our week-long trip in Shanghai area. Then in afternoon, to Feilai to see the wonderful Buddhas carved into the mountain, followed by the adjacent Lingying Temple, with golden Buddha and Song era pagodas. We ended the day with a reversed perspective – in the morning we saw the Leifeng Pagoda in the distance from West Lake, now we went to Leifeng Pagoda and saw the panoramic views of West Lake. If only all pagodas would retrofit and elevator in the exterior stairs and an interior elevator! Then off to the train station for our return to Shanghai, where another car and driver met us and Alana dropped us back at our Hotel. The tour is a bit pricy but it was exactly what we asked for and very well done.
James_C, Nov 2018
Our guide Berlin is proficient in English. She took good care of us and was very attentive to details . She gave a good presentation on Linyin Temple, West Lake, Silk museum, old town of hangzhou. We were impressed at the beauty of west lake.
Fantastic guide, fabulous experience!
Gerald H, Nov 2018
Our guide, Berlin, was exceptional in enthusiasm and responsiveness to us. Her English was very good and we had some great fun with her on English idioms!!! She tailored the tour to our interests and never failed to provide us with more than we had hoped for. The day we spent in Hangzhou was toward the end of our month long holiday and we had seen a lot of Asia.....but Lingyin Temple was magical, the tea plantations were lovely, our stroll around West Lake and walk along the streets of Hangzhou were lively and very entertaining. All of this exceeded our expectations. Berlin was so engaging that she made our trip to Hangzhou very, very special!! We highly recommend this trip - and especially Berlin - to anyone!
Quick way to experience China
Debra_F, Oct 2018
It was an all day tour full of new experiences, educational and beautiful. Our guides Alana & Emma were great! They took the time to explain the culture & history. Great time!
A very organized trip with spot on...
Heng-Kooi Y, Sep 2018
A very organized trip with spot on timing, an enjoyable trip complimented with a wonderful lunch.
We enjoyed the experience as much as the friendly Berlin in making this trip most memorable.
What an amazing trip to Hangzhou. The...
Steven K, Sep 2018
What an amazing trip to Hangzhou. The day and sites were incredible, and our guide, Berlin, made it all possible. Having traveled a lot, I know and appreciate the difference having a connection with the right guide can make. We had this with Berlin. Her knowledge of the locations, history, and the country overall kept us intrigued and fascinated the entire time. She had everything coordinated and organized, and took us everywhere we could have wanted to go. She was also SO FUN! We all felt like fast friends while exploring a new area. Thank you for an unforgettable day. I’d give this ten out of ten stars!!
This tour was well worth the money...
Erica G, Sep 2018
This tour was well worth the money. Pick up was easy - right from our hotel lobby. Queena made the trip to Hangzhou very straight forward and easy with train tickets ready. The bullet train was quite an impressive way to travel! Our first stop in Hangzhou was a boat tour on West Lake, which was absolutely breathtaking. A can’t-miss stop for sure! After that, we headed up the mountain for a local lunch. We didn’t know what to pick, so Queena was ready with some delicious recommendations. We took a stroll through the tea fields, then on to Ling Ying Temple. The temple was absolutely amazing - probably the highlight of the day. It was such an incredible experience to see this huge mountain temple and learn more about Buddhism. We finished the day with some local shopping before heading back to Shanghai. I would recommend this tour to anyone. The sights are amazing and are sure not to disappoint. What an incredible day!
Hangzhou is a beautiful city and one...
Alexander L, Aug 2018
Hangzhou is a beautiful city and one day barely does it justice, but our guide Berlin was able to give us the highlights. We visited the Lingyin Temple, also known as the Temple of the Soul's Retreat the Longjing village, home of the famous Dragon Well tea where we also had lunch and the West Lake, which was beautifully featured during the 2016 G20 Summit look up the ceremonies on Youtube if you can. Berlin was helpful, knowledgable, and mindful of our needs. Would definitely recommend!
Today was a great day! Berlin thought...
Nancy E, Jul 2018
Today was a great day! Berlin thought of everything, and was attentive to whether I was hungry, thirsty or whatever I needed. She even brought me a snack and a fan to be sure I would be comfortable during the day. She also made sure that I knew the itinerary for the day and explained the procedures for the bullet train well. The train ride from Shanghai was clean and enjoyable and a great way to see the countryside. The Ling Yin temple was amazing and Berlin did a great job of explaining it all to me. The temple was really beautiful and so much larger than I imagined. We had a traditional lunch that was very relaxing and then headed to West Lake which was amazingly beautiful as well. The Lotus flowers were in high bloom and really lovely. I was surprised at how large West Lake was and Berlin explained the history of it all so well. We had extra time to explore an historical street and stop for a coffee before taking the train back to Shanghai. I was meeting my dad and his colleagues at a restaurant when returning to Shanghai and Berlin insisted on making sure I got there safely. Having a driver for the day in Hangzhou was so convenient and comfortable. It was a hot day and the comfortable, new and air conditioned van made it possible to cool off and refresh between stops. Berlin is a lovely young woman and did everything possible to ensure I had a great day. I would highly recommend this tour and Berlin! It was a perfect day!
Alana was great!! She was extremely...
Wayne B, Jul 2018
Alana was great!! She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and amiable!! We had an awesome time!!
EXCELLENT TOUR! This was our second...
daniel_h, Jul 2018
EXCELLENT TOUR! This was our second tour in Shanghai and Alana did an awesome job! First, she and the driver were on time to picked us up at the hotel. Picked us up in a nice comfortable van with 6-8 seaters. She went with us to Hangzhou and another driver in Hangzhou picked us up in a nice clean 6-8 seaters van. Both drivers doesn't speak english, but they were very nice. Started off we took the boat ride about 45 mins - 1 hr around West Lake. Then we went to the tea plantation for about 15 mins walk just to see the field. Then headed to lunch. By the way, it was one of the best lunch we had while we tour Asia. We then headed to the temple for a couple of hours. Beautiful temple! Through out the trip to Hangzhou there was a lot of walking and very hot! Our last stop, was to the shopping market. Nothing special, just like all the other shopping areas. Not sure if this shopping area is cheaper than others, since we didn't buy anything. From Shanghai to Hangzhou was about 1 and 1/2 hours train ride and back was about 1 hr train ride.
About Alana - she speaks fluently english and she was very sweet. She tried to make our day in Hangzhou as fun and comfortable as she can. She knows her materials by heart. We've been on many tours and met a lot of tour guides, by far she was the best one out all of the tour guides we had met. She took great pictures, got us small fans, and answered to all of our questions. The next day we had a million of questions and my wife texted her within a few mins she responses back fast. Thank you Alana for everything and all your recommendations for the restaurants were delicious! You were one of the reasons that make us wanting to go back to visit Shanghai.
We had an amazing time on our trip to...
Rachel D, Jun 2018
We had an amazing time on our trip to Hangzhou with Berlin ! From our pickup at the hotel, to our full day of touring, we wouldn’t change a thing ! Everything was so smooth and the timing of the whole day couldn’t have been planned any better. Berlin was so insightful about the culture and history of everything we did and saw, making it a tour we will never forget. :) Thanks so so much we absolutely loved the day !!
Alana, our guide for the day, made our...
Amarjit C, May 2018
Alana, our guide for the day, made our trip to Hangzhou, very enjoyable . We were 6 in our group, the ages 65 and above. She looked after all our needs. We came back feeling very happy. Thank you Alana for the great day!!