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Private Day Tour of Hangzhou from Shanghai with West Lake Cruise

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Explore Hangzhou and discover this inspiring paradise described by Marco Polo as the "most beautiful and magnificent city in the world."

  • Be captivated by the magnificent culture and beauty of Hangzhou
  • Take postcard-worthy pictures of the Six Harmonies Pagoda, an architectural marvel of the Song Dynasty
  • Taste the rich history of Chinese tea as you take part in a traditional ceremony at the Meijiawu Tea Village
  • Cruise across the West Lake and enjoy the unforgettable scenery
  • Return to Shanghai with enough time for an evening activity
  • With convenient pick-up from most Shanghai hotels
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide service throughout


_The brimming waves delight the eye on sunny days.

The dimming hills give a rare view in rainy haze.

The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best.

Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed._

By Su Dongpo (Song Dynasty)

This is the portraiture of Hangzhou by one of most ancient Chinese poets. Marco Polo once called Hangzhou, "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". It is a city rich with history and culture, spanning back over 2000 years. It made a name for itself in the sixth century, when the Grand Canal opened up and linked the area to other centers of trade. The South Song Dynasty (A.D. 1127-1279) helped making Hangzhou famous when the imperial family moved there in the 12th Century. With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, the area soon became popular with artists, poets and painters seeking inspiration in this little bit of paradise.

We stop by the Six Harmonies Pagoda then proceed to the most striking structure in the city. You will get to visit the charming museum and take photos in front of this architectural marvel that was built in the Song Dynasty.

We will then visit the Meijiawu Tea Village for a traditional tea ceremony and learn its significance to Chinese culture.

After lunch, we head for a cruise across the West Lake. Enjoy the beautiful view and experience peace and serenity like nowhere else in the Shanghai area. The unforgettable scenery includes Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Bai and Su Causeways, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda, etc. The boat ride ends at Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor. We will have the chance to walk along on Su Causeway, and feed the fish in the Red Fish Pond to pray for the good luck.

Discover the many quaint places to stop off along the way including a lagoon and a small pavilion which has been converted into a great tea and snack house.

The schedule of this tour allows you to take other available tours in the evening (these tours are purchased separately):

Itinerary / Activity Schedule

  • West Lake Cruise

  • Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor

  • Su Causeway

  • Broken Bridge

  • Six Harmonies Pagoda

  • Lunch

  • Meijia Tea Village


  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Charter fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Private Day Tour of Hangzhou from Shanghai with West Lake Cruise

Duration: 9 - 10:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
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Inclusions: Lunch / Admission / Charter fee / English-speaking guide
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  • 07:20

    Pick-up at Shanghai Hotels

  • 07:30

    Six Harmonies Pagoda or Liuhe Pagoda

    From Shanghai, enjoy an approximately two and a half hour drive to Hangzhou. First stop is at Liuhe Pagoda, also known as Six Harmonies Pagoda. Known for its intricate exterior and interior designs, it also offers a magnificent view of the Qiantang River.

  • Meijiawu Tea Village

    Get to know Hangzhou tea culture by visiting Meijiawu Tea Village, known for their exquisite Longjing tea (Dragon Well tea). Learn all about the process of the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

  • Cruise Along West Lake

    Be amazed by the calm and exquisite beauty of the West Lake as you cruise along its serene waters. See the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Bai and Su Causeways, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda, among other beautiful sites.

  • Su Causeway and Red Fish Pond

    West Lake cruise ends at Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor. Proceed to walk along Su Causeway, then feed the fish at the Red Fish Pond, since it is said that you can pray for good luck after feeding them!

  • 17:30

    Drop-off at Shanghai Hotels

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  • Infants 2 and below are free of charge as long as they do not require a seat.

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  • The tour guide will be carrying a sign board with your name on it. Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time.

  • A local representative will call you or leave a message at your hotel room at about 09:00PM one night prior to your tour date to confirm the exact pick-up details.

  • Should there be no messages left for you, please contact the tour operator 24 hours before the service. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

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