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Highlights of Hangzhou Private Tour

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Highlights of Hangzhou Private Tour

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The Grand Canal is the oldest and longest ancient canal in the world. In 2014, the Hangzhou section of the Grand Canal was crowned as UNESCO World Material and Cultural Heritage site. During this trip, you will have the opportunity to learn about the local history along the Grand Canal, visit the Meijiawu plantation to experience the charm of tea art, and take a boat trip on the West Lake to enjoy the beauty of “heaven on earth”.

About this tour

  • Spring




  • Duration: 2 days

  • Group size: min. 2, max 12

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  • Live tour guide


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Tour in English
Language: English
Total price
USD$ 1500
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  • Youth 1 x USD$ 300USD$300
  • Children 1 x USD$ 300USD$300
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    • 1.Take a boat trip along the Grand Canal and experience local customs and practices
    • 2.Pick tea leaves in Meijiawu tea plantation and get to know more about tea culture
    • 3.Taste local tea snacks, while enjoying a traditional stringed and woodwind instrumental performance
    • 4.Visit Lingyin Temple with long history and profound culture
    • 5.Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the West Lake and feel the beauty of “heaven on earth”

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
  • Hangzhou

    Arrival, Grand Canal

  • Day 2
  • Hangzhou



  • Include
    • Comfortable vehicles, with air conditioning.
    • Accommodation in comfortable hotel with showers and toilets.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
    • Entrance fees for the sightseeing programs listed in the itinerary.
    • Competent English-Speaking local guide.
    • Travel insurance.
  • Excluded
    • Chinese Visa.
    • Travel to Hangzhou and back.
    • Any additional meals that aren’t mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Tips for your guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may tip them at an amount you think suitable.
    • Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, souvenirs, drinks, night life, etc.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival, Grand Canal

Accommodation in: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou (5-star)/ Haihua Hotel Hangzhou (4-star)
Welcome to Hangzhou! Your tour guide will wait for you at the airport/train hall. Please make sure that your flight/train arrives in Hangzhou no later than 11 am. After having lunch at a local restaurant, we'll start our trip today!
First we will visit the China Knives, Scissors and Swords Museum. The museum is located next to the Grand Canal. You can learn more about the techniques of making knives, scissors and swords in ancient China. In addition, you can experience some DIY activities in the museum. You can make your own oiled-paper umbrella at the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion with the help of an oiled-paper craftsman. In the Pavilion, you can observe other traditional craftsmen making their work: hand-made teapots, fans, umbrellas and even scissors.
After visiting the museum, we have arranged for you the Junk Cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy the view of the canal bank on the cruise and get a taste of local people’s daily life. The cruise trip stops at Xiangji Temple. In ancient times, people believed that if you prayed to the Kitchen God in Xiangji Temple, you would never have to worry about suffering from starvation. But now, due to the improvement of material life, local people go to the temple no longer to pray not to starve, but to have good health and a successful career.
Your last stop today is Dadou Road Historic Block, which is a historical and cultural block located on the bank of the Grand Canal, just behind the Xiangji Temple. On Dadou Road, you can see a number of small shops with local characteristics, selling handicrafts and local snacks. This is a relaxing road. If you feel a little tired, find a quiet shop and sit down for a cool cup of tea.
After the tour, we will take you back to the hotel. Have a rest tonight and prepare for your new journey tomorrow!
1.Impression of the West Lake. This is a large-scale outdoor performance based on the history, culture and beautiful natural scenery of West Lake. With the combination of lights, music and dance, it tells the beautiful love story of Xu Xian and White Lady. If you are interested, feel free to ask your guide to arrange tickets for you.
2.West Lake Music Fountain. This is a free show by the West Lake, which usually starts at 7 pm and 8 pm every night. The highest height of the fountain is 126m. It moves up and down with the music, spraying into the sky.
Meals: Lunch


Day 2: Departure

After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, we will start the day from the Meijiawu Tea Plantation –the most important tea production base in China, seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park. Step into Meijiawu Tea Plantation, you can taste Hangzhou’s most prestigious tea –Dragon Well tea and have the opportunity to see how farmers pick tea leaves. We also invite some tea experts, who will share the art of the tea ceremony with you.
After saying goodbye to the tea plantation, we will drive to Chenghuang Pavilion, where you can have a bird’s eye view of Hangzhou and the West Lake. In addition, a Southern Song Dynasty Snacks Banquet is arranged for you. At the banquet, you can enjoy authentic Hangzhou cuisine and tea snacks, as well as a traditional stringed and woodwind instrumental performance.
In the afternoon, we will come to visit Lingyin Temple, which is no doubt a premier showpiece in the West Lake environs and is also notable as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China. The Flying Peak outside Lingyin Temple is also one of the top ten scenic spots in Hangzhou, which is well worth a visit. Then we'll head to West Lake, one of Hangzhou's major landmarks. Let’s walk along the lake, take a cruise to Fairy Island and feel the beauty of “heaven on earth”.
After the tour, it’s time to end this pleasant journey. Your guide will escort you to the train station/airport for your departure. Please make sure that your flight/train departs after 8 pm.

Popular Ways to See the West Lake:
1.Bike or walk. Every part of the West Lake is beautiful. Riding and walking help you slow down and enjoy the beautiful view of the West Lake. The most recommended bike/walking paths are Su Causeway and Bai Causeway. These two causeways allow you to see most of the lake’s scenery. In addition, both causeways are forbidden by vehicles, so it is very safe.
2.Cruise. A boat trip on the West Lake allows you to see many sites that are not visible on the lakeside. The delight of boating is to admire the unique charm of Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, have the opportunity to explore the islands of the West Lake, and enjoy the beautiful mountains, bridges and pagodas from different vantage points on the water

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