Hangzhou Day Tour from Shanghai

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Six Harmonies PagodaSix Harmonies Pagoda in Hangzhou Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 1 day As you request TCG-105 This private one day tour takes you from your hotel in Shanghai and shows you Hangzhou's major sights and then back to your Shanghai hotel all in one day.

Hangzhou and the UNESCO World Heritage listed West Lake have been subject matter for countless poets and artists. Hangzhou was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until 1276 when the Mongol invasion occurred. The city's population is estimated to have been as high as one million when it was the capital, making it the largest city in the world at the time. Even Marco Polo is said to have passed through, calling it the finest and the noblest in the world.

What makes this tour special: Although Hangzhou is known as China’s billionaire’s playground these days, there is plenty of natural scenery and culture to be had. You will also get a chance to see the Chinese countryside on the two-hour drive from Shanghai.
day 1
  • Meals: lunch
Cruise on West Lake
Cruise on West Lake
Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple
Jiuxi Scenic Trail
Jiuxi Scenic Trail
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Six Harmonies Pagoda
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Tour code: TCG-105
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Cruise on West Lake   西湖游船

A cruise on West Lake is a relaxing, scenic escape from the busy city of Hangzhou. Lots of opportunities for photographers to get some classical Chinese scenes in their lenses. Those not taking photos can take in the scene.

While the lake itself is vast the cruise takes you through narrow canals and bridges so the land is close and you can see everything more clearly. Its common to see Chinese people getting their wedding photographs done at the waters edge. These photos are done long before the big day and are displayed at the wedding.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Lingyin Temple   飞来峰&灵隐寺

A great Buddhist temple well worth visiting and lingering in its midst. Its a living artifact of Buddhism in China and many Chinese come to pray and burn incense. The woods and surrounding rocks cover a large area and make you feel a sense of space in this spiritual setting. Buddhas are carved into rocks in the hillside. The temple itself is huge and the halls inside it are beautifully painted and decorated. Outside fires of incense burn, sending their scent into the wind all around the temple. The smoke gives a mist to the foreground. Come to the temple, relax, take photos and linger.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 5:20pm with last admission at 4:50pm

Jiuxi Scenic Trail  

This easy trail from Longjing Village through the Jiuxi Scenic Area is a delightful respite from the city. The path crosses a number of creeks and waterfalls making it a fun activity for hot summer days.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3

Six Harmonies Pagoda   六和塔

This giant pagoda even sports its own escalators and elevators, nice modern improvements on an ancient design. The view from the top is excellent, and its simply such a big pagoda that its worth the visit!

It was originally constructed in year 970 AD during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127 AD), destroyed in 1121, and reconstructed fully by 1165, during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279 AD).

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
6:30am - 6:30pm with last admission at 6:00pm

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai, China’s largest city, visually and culturally represents the relationship between China and the West. Although that history may be tainted with war and oppression, the results of this arrangement can be seen in the architecture and local culture of this city. An example of this is the qipao (cheongsam), the tight-fitting Chinese dress we are all familiar with. Its modern form was born in Shanghai, influenced by Western styles, and it exhibited a new fashionable style of clothing for local Chinese. Many Chinese today still view Shanghaies as displaying more cultural openness and as having experienced globalization on a greater scale.

Architecturally, The Bund is a visually impressive example of the aforementioned West’s interaction with China. On one side of the Huangpu River are old and beautiful colonial buildings, including great consulates and exquisite hotels. At night, gazing across the river to the...   Read more

Hangzhou 杭州

Famous for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. Marco Polo is said to have passed Hangzhou, calling it "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world". With a population of over 9 million, it is the capital of Zhejiang province and the local political, economic and cultural center. Situated at the southern end of the Grand Canal, Hangzhou thrived during the Ming and Qing dynasties, becoming the home of many wealthy merchants and artistic patrons. Some of the elaborate residences they built still stand today.

These wealthy, cultured elites helped create Hangzhou’s famously refined cuisine. Hangzhou cuisine is characterized by freshness, light sweetness, and complicated technique, and often incorporates ingredients from West Lake and the many other bodies of water surrounding the city. Many dishes incorporate Hangzhou’s other most famous export:...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
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