The Best of Hangzhou
3 Days | Hangzhou Private Tour

3 Days
1 Destination
17 Experiences

Hangzhou has been thrown into the international spotlight after playing host to the G20 Summit in September 2016. This tour gives visitors the chance to experience the best of this international city, long lauded as one of the most beautiful in China. Featuring prominently in this trip is Hangzhou’s West Lake, a UNESCO World heritage site that has inspired painters and poets from all over China for centuries. Boating and cycling around the lake, as well as witnessing the spectacular Impressions West Lake show (also the site of the glittering evening gala held during the G20 Summit), are some of China's most magical experiences. New for 2016, the tour adds a visit to the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum Complex, where you can try your hand at some traditional handicrafts.

What makes this tour special:
In addition to West Lake, this tour explores Hangzhou’s other most famous export: tea. You'll have the opportunity to sample different varieties at a tea plantation and learn about the development of tea culture at the China National Tea Museum.

If you are a fan of modern architecture, ask if your guide can arrange a half-day trip to the China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, which evokes the rooftops of a traditional local village.


Recommended Itinerary

The Best of Hangzhou Map
  • Pick up from Hangzhou Train Station
  • Hefang Old Street - a jumble of traditional streets offering local souvenirs, tea, and snacks
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum - a 200-year-old Chinese medicine pharmacy
  • Hu Xueyan Former Residence - home of the famous Qing Dynasty businessman, who also owned the old pharmacy in Hefang Street
  • Lunch - Chinese-style standard
  • Rowboat Cruise on West Lake - a scenic escape from the busy city
  • Red Carp Pond Park - a park on the banks of West Lake that is home to lots of red carp and peacocks
  • West Lake Impression Light Show - new designed for G20, staged entirely on the lake


  • 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)


  • 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 are calculated based on a small private group of eight and are subject to change. Please ask for a free, bespoke quotation
  • Meals may change based on the time and your 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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The Best of Hangzhou

3 Days | Hangzhou Private Tour
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