Hangzhou: Heaven On Earth Day Trip From Shanghai

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Tour returns to your Shanghai hotel.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Travel to Hangzhou, a city rich in culture, history and scenery, on a day trip from Shanghai. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Six Harmonies Pagoda, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries. You'll come to appreciate why Marco Polo sang the praises of Hangzhou and UNESCO designated the city a World Heritage site. Includes all entrance fees, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Your air-conditioned coach picks you up at your centrally located Shanghai hotel in the early morning to start the 3-hour drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou.

During the drive, your guide introduces you to the rich history and culture of Hangzhou, which dates back more than 2,000 years.

When you arrive in Hangzhou, start at the renowned Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. The towering 196 foot (60 meter) octagonal pagoda overlooks the Qiantang River, and inside a spiral staircase ascends to the top of the seven story building, providing sweeping views of the lush surroundings. Next to the pagoda, visit a small museum with replicas of various ancient Chinese pagoda styles.

Continue to Meijiawu Tea Village, located in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. The village showcases one of the finest tea varieties in the world, Xihu Longjing Tea, aka Dragon Well Tea, and Meijiawu is said to grow the best Longjing tea. During your visit, experience the art of a traditional tea ceremony and gain insight into this important part of Chinese culture.

Afterward have lunch, then drive over to West Lake, an expansive lake surrounded by gardens, pagodas, temples and mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake has inspired artists and influenced garden design in China, Japan and Korea over the centuries.

Board a boat for a cruise on the lake that ends at Flower Harbor. Disembark and stroll around the lush gardens and Red Carp Pond, where multitudes of fish swim frenetically, creating a contrast to the serene forest surroundings.

If time allows, your guide takes you to a scenic area called 9 Creeks and 18 Gullies. Walk along a path that passes picturesque tea plantations on terraced hills, streams, waterfalls, and quaint rest stops such as a pond with small pavilion and tea house.

Throughout the day, your guide shares fascinating details about Hangzhou's long history and cultural significance. In the late afternoon, relax during the return drive to Shanghai, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Inclusions

Lunch

West Lake Cruise

Hotel pickup and drop off from the city center

Air-conditioned vehicle

Local guide

Entry/Admission - Pagoda of Six Harmonies

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Aug-2019

    We were very pleased with the excellent service from our guide Tom, he communicated well in English and provided an interesting commentary of this amazing area. The only issue was sitting in traffic for a couple of hours. Understand this is unavoidable in these huge cities, one must put up with the delays to China's beautiful countryside. Pleasantly surprised at the clean cities, roads and the huge tree planting taking place every where on can see.

  • 09-Jul-2019

    The tour was fair, they brought you to Hangzhou but at times the tour became rushed. In particular the boat ride on Hangzhou was a one way transportation ferry as opposed to the antique tour boats other tours use.
    Hangzhou itself however is BEAUTIFUL, I just wish the tour arranged to spend more time in the lake park.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    I really love meeting small villages and Im a tea lover, so I was very excited to visit a tea field. Unfortunately it wasn’t harvest season, but still was great to be there. Alina guided us through it all, including the temple, the lake and the boat trip, telling us about the history of the places and counting us the local legends and folkores.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The tour itinerary was good however the guide (Tom) was a disappointment. I have gone on tours previously through in the China region and with the same tour company (Han Tan Tours) and have had the most fabulous guides before so i was excited to see that this tour was also through Han Tan Tours. However this one was nothing like before - Tom was only interested in ticking the boxes, he gave no history or fun titbits and only focused on facts like numbers (height/depth/how large a city is etc etc) - he gave us no time in any place to just enjoy it on our own. Despite having reached Hangzhou earlier than expected, he took us to the West lake, showed us the pond with fishes and then made us wait for the ferry and the ferry took us across the lake and dropped us where the tour bus was waiting so we didn't actually get to walk around the lake or enjoy the sites on our own at all. Ideally he should have allowed us 30-45 mins to wander around the lake before taking the ferry. This was the case in every place and highly disappointing - we were rushed into the tea garden with the focus on doing the tea ceremony and getting us to the shop, no time to see the gardens. At the Pagoda of Six Harmonies, we insisted on going up the Pagoda on our own else he would have rushed us out (again no walk around the park there). He just seemed to be in this tearing hurry spoiling the whole tour for us. The lunch wasn't that great either - we were seated in a side room with uncomfortable seats and torn table cloths!

  • 08-Apr-2018

    Our tour guide Frank made some conversation but al preoccupied on his phone. Hangzhou is beautiful but your very rushed. Appears they want to get home quick. Tea plantation amazing but more sales pitch no time to walk the tea terraces they want you to buy. Lunch less than average.do tour on your own

  • 22-Oct-2017

    My tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable and I was fortunate to have him for all my tours in Shanghai and I received all that was promised.

  • 12-Oct-2017

    Tour guide was excellent.
    . Car was so bad. For long distance tour, the car wasn't suitable. the seats were so uncomfortable, very hard.
    Air Conditioner wasn't working. The driver opened the window.
    Can you imagine, For such long distance tour, you have to sit in the car like that ?

  • 09-Oct-2017

    Amazing tour with a Frank. He is very knowledgeable and gave us great information on the three tours I took with him.

  • 27-Sep-2017

    Tour guide Frank was great.

  • 26-Sep-2017

    Very low level tour
    The car was not clean and smelled of cigarettes, the air conditioner did not work.
    There were insufficient explanations.
    A 15-minute boat ride and no explanation.
    A lunch that would shame any average restaurant. The place looks like a moving movie theater. It does not look like it has been cleaned or replaced with table cloths for a long time.
    The Pagoda tour was a low-level round around the pagoda and that's it.
    A tour of the tea factory did not include explanations of how to grow tea and focused only on marketing and selling local products.
    It's a pity that the long journey time back and forth over 6 hours could be done by train and put in more content.
    This tour is not worth the money and a pity about time.

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