Hangzhou Day Tour Of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickup & drop-off service is arranged at your Hangzhou downtown hotel or Hangzhou train station.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
  • 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

This comprehensive full-day tour of Hangzhou delivers you by private vehicle to notable highlights: Take a boat ride around the UNESCO-listed West lake, view elegant landscapes at Red Carp Pond and Flower Harbor Park, visit the secluded Zen monastery of Lingyin Temple, sip tea at Meijiawu Tea Village and stroll Song Dynasty Imperial Street. You have the option to purchase lunch at a local restaurant or prepare an authentic meal at a tea farmers home (own expense).
Note: As this tour is customizable, please list any special interests you have (architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

Know More about this tour

Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Hangzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Hangzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

Start with a 45-minute boat ride on tranquil West lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and perhaps Hangzhous most famous attraction. Relax amid enchanting scenery as your guide points out historic pagodas, Chinese-style arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, green islands and lush gardens.

Finish your cruise at Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West lake, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in. Stroll through part of the 54-acre (22-hectare) park to see the many varieties, including a peony garden that blooms in April, and stop at Red Carp Pond a popular spot for viewing fish.

Next, youre driven to Lingyin temple (translated as Temple of the Souls Retreat), considered one of the 10 most famous Buddhist temples in China. Originally founded in AD 326, Lingyin temple has been rebuilt no less than 16 times. Listen as your guide discusses its pagodas and pavilions and introduces you to some of the 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which date back to the 10th to 14th centuries.

From the Zen monastery near Feilai peak (Feilai Feng), walk along a cobblestone pathway leading to Amanfayun Village, a restored Chinese village dating back hundreds of years and situated in a remote forest of camphor and bamboo. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of the hamlet dotted with traditional dwellings and surrounded by tea fields.

For lunch you have two options: purchase your meal at a local restaurant recommended by your guide, or head to a local tea farmers home to prepare a meal of local delicacies such as chicken, West Lake carp, lotus root, bamboo shoots and other tasty vegetables (own expense).

After lunch, continue to Meijiawu Tea Village, situated in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. Learn about the production of Xihu Longjing tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, and sip the fragrant green tea as you relax in this scenic setting.

Your final stop is Song Dynasty Imperial Street, renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan. Walk with your guide along this road that stretches 1,310 feet (400 meters) and leads to the imperial palace of the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 9601127). If you wish, stop at any of the snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silk.

End your private tour with a drive back to your hotel or the Hangzhou railway station.

Inclusions

Hotel or train station pickup and drop-off

Transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle

English- and Chinese-speaking tour guide

Boat ride on West Lake

Bottled water

Exclusions

Lunch

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Lunch options: Learn to cook your own Chinese lunch from local tea farmers or eat at a popular local restaurant

Range of children's height is between 3'3" (1 meter) and 4'6" (1.4 meter)

Please provide train station or hotel information in "special requirement" at time of booking

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Oct-2019

    Everything was well planned and coordinated. We visited all the major points of interest and had a delightful and delicious lunch. Nancy and the driver were superb and took care of all our needs and requests. Definitely a five-star day and team!

  • 08-Oct-2018

    My family of four were taken around Hangzhou by David! He was articulate in his English, humorous and through when describing the different places we visited. I would highly recommend using Viator and asking for David on this tour or any other trip he might guide! Thank you.

  • 15-Aug-2018

    We were late for our arrival and the Viator team was FANTASTIC is being patient and finding us in a very crowded train station in Hangzhou. Our tour guide Bonnie had IMPECCABLE English and a sunny disposition that made our day delightful. She also was quite knowledgeable about local Hangzhou culture and current Alibaba information, which was quite fascinating. We would ask for Bonnie next time for sure!

  • 30-Jul-2018

    My tour guide, Bonnie, was very knowledgeable regarding all of the sites in Hangzhou. She did a great job of showing me around and filling me in on the history and culture. The boat trip on Westlake was enjoyable, gave a lay of the land, and the temple tour was a very interesting site. the lunch at the farmer restaurant was really tasty, and I thought the tea plantation information informative and interesting as well. I could have done without the tour of the shopping plaza, very touristy, but it did have some interest foods and goods, including being made on site that were interesting. Driver did a nice job dropping us off at convenient spots and picking us up also.

  • 27-Jun-2018

    Our guide, David, was absolutely wonderful. His english is perfect and he was a delightful guide and companion for our tour around Hangzhou. We not only enjoyed learning about the sights he showed us it was also a treat to have an opportunity to speak with someone about China and ask the many questions that had occurred to us during our visit. There were six of us on the tour: myself and my husband and our four children 14, 12, 10 and 7. We all had a fantastic time. Hangzhou was literally a breath of fresh air after four days in Shanghai. It is a beautiful place. Don't hesitate to take this tour!

  • 30-May-2018

    Great Tour with a very professional and nice guide David. Flexible and adjustable as we run into it. Appreciated!

  • 14-Apr-2018

    This is one of the nicest tours we took in our recent trip to China. David, met us at the train station with a nice smile and willing to share his lovely city with pride.

    We enjoy every single part of the tour and appr3ciate one of the nicest big cities of China. 5 stars to this tour.

  • 24-Mar-2018

    The tour was very well organized. David was an excellent guide, fluent in English and very helpful

  • 14-Jan-2018

    Thank you, Nancy, for a great day in Hangzhou! We had so much fun seeing everything with you. We loved the stories and history you told about the things we were seeing. So nice to get to know you. Come visit sometime in America!

  • 25-Dec-2017

    It was amazing. I loved it. Since i travelled alone, it was a nice introduction to the town and its sites. They picked me up at the trainstation it was much bigger than i thought and the we explored. We saw the tea fields, visited temples and gardens. The guide was so nice and we had a laugh. I really enjoyed it

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