Hangzhou Day Tour from ShanghaiShanghai to Hangzhou Private Tour

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Trip Summary

Chinese Culture     At a Glance     Nature

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.

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Recommended Itinerary

Hangzhou Day Tour from Shanghai Map
  • Drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou - 180km, around 2.5 hours
  • Cruise on West Lake - enjoy a scenic cruise on this famously picturesque lake
  • Lingyin Temple & Flying Peak - one of the most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China, home to numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes
  • Lunch - Chinese cuisine
  • Jiuxi Scenic Trail - walk along this beautiful hilltop trail as it winds through Hangzhou's famous tea fields
  • Drive back to Shanghai

What's Included

  • Private English-speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff)
  • Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic transportation and daily pickup & drop-off at your hotel
  • Admission tickets to all sights listed in the itinerary – no hidden costs
  • Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation - if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your agent know
  • International flights to and from China
  • International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • Tips for your guide and driver
  • Other personal expenses


  • We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your individual interests. If there is anything you do or don't want to see, simply let your agent know
  • Prices may vary according to your date of travel and any special requests you might have. Please ask for a free, bespoke quotation
  • Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food
  • For tour booking terms and conditions, please read our Terms of Service

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