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Skip the Line: Hangzhou Day Tour From Shanghai By High-Speed Train With First Class Seat

From $95 per person

Tour Style:
Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist cities in China,Ten of millions of people travel to Hangzhou every year.10-hour tour in Hangzhou is precious, so don't waste it standing in line! We've handpicked the best skip-the-line tour so you can see all the top sites around UNESCO Site West lake without the long lines, skip the entrance line on scenic spots. We have our own way to book the ticket and also have the fast pass on scenic spots. The bullet train makes Hangzhou easy to reach from Shanghai, choose first class seat to upgrade your journey to ensure a comfortable trip. Hotel pick up and drop off, authentic lunch, first-class train ticket, entrance fee are all included.

Duration: 6-8 hours

West Lake(Private rowing boat cruise), Guo's Villa, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Cheng Huang Pavilion

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai downtown

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai downtown

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash, Wire, Paypal, WesternUnion, Alipay, Wechat

Available: Daily

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: West Lake(Private rowing boat cruise), Guo's Villa, Lingying Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Cheng Huang Pavilion
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: L

Pick up service is arranged at your Shanghai downtown hotel. Drive you to Shanghai train station to catch the train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, you'll start the tour directly.

Our pick up sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"

With your personal tour guide, you will be taken to famous Hangzhou West Lake-one of world UNESCO Sites. The best way to viste the lake is by boat. We special arrange a private boat for you since the public tourist boat are very crowded and noisy and sail to the secret parts of the westlake only known by local people.Taking a boat sailing on the picturesque West Lake is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the beautiful scenery with its islands, causeways, temples, pagodas and ornamental planting.


After that, you will visit the Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang). It is the best existing traditional private residence in Hangzhou, built in late Qing Dynasty. With a mountain in the back and the west lake in the front, the garden is known as "Number One Garden of the West Lake" thanks to its tranquil environment, well-preserved buildings, and tasteful landscaping layout.


Next, pay a visit to Lingyin Temple. As the largest of several temples in Hangzhou, with its long history and charming scenery, Lingyin Temple attracts thousands of visitors and Buddhist faithful every day. There are always long lines in front of the ticket office, we have our own way to book the ticket to let you skip the line and head straight inside with your guide.


After the temple, drive you to the Tea village in the mountain side and enjoy your lunch at a local Tea famer's house that popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals, moreover, you'll have chance to talk with tea famers and know the local life of Hangzhou.(Lunch is include)

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

After lunch, you can take a short walk in the tea village and taste a cup of real Longjing Green Tea. As an important and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Village is the best place for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture for locals, it is features Quiet, relaxing and refreshing place, full of tea plantation.


The last stop for the tour is Cheng Huang Pavilion where you can get a whole view of West Lake. Whenever you come into the city at night from the East, the first thing you can see off in the distance is this place: It's the most noticeable building in the Hangzhou skyline.


After the tour, drive you to Hangzhou train station and return Shanghai by train. You will be taken back to your hotel once you arrived in Shanghai.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide

Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Reviewed 20 July 2019
Great Tour! The best tour guide we had in china.

Our tour was confirmed at the last minute. Hangzhou Private Tour booked the round way first class seats and sent to our hotel in Shanghai which was very convenient for us. Our tour guide Sharon was absolutely wonderful! She was so knowledgable and well versed in the history of the places we visited. I would strongly recommend this company, and better yet Sharon, if anyone is looking for a fun, informative look inside Hangzhou history/culture.

Melaka, Malaysia
Reviewed 30 June 2019
Enjoyable Family Trip to Hangzhou, thanks to Hangzhou Private Tour and guide David.

We engaged Hangzhou Private Tour service during our recent trip to Hangzhou with my family. Our tour guide David was very professional, spoke excellent English and took good care of us especially my bro-in-law who is handicapped. We enjoyed beautiful Hangzhou more, thanks to David's personalized tour guide service. We especially liked the private boat ride under the canal on the westlake to skip the long line in the weekend.

Reviewed 03 May 2019
Hangzhou 1 day tour from Shanghai

My name is Henrique Hsieh and I am from Brazil.
I will be in Shanghai from May 17 th to May20 th, 2019. I would like to visit Hangzhou on Saturday, May 18th and I am looking for a private tour guide who speaks a very good english to guide me. This is what I need:
-bullet train from Shanghai to Hangzhou on May 18th
-tour in hangzhou the whole day
-VIP ticket to West Lake Impression Show at 19:45hs
-bullet train from Hangzhou to Sanghai on May 19th
I will stay one night at Shangri-la Hangzhou (already booked)
Can you help me customize that?

Replied:30 May 2019

Dear Henrique Hsieh, 
Thanks for your inquiry for our Hangzhou tour. We sent you the details by email. Thanks!

China Private Tour

Reviewed 02 May 2019
Amazing day in Hangzhou from Shanghai

We had a great experience with Bonnie who helped us plan a customised Hangzhou package that arranged us from Shanghai to Hangzhou,we took high-speed train first class, the train was comfortable and super service from the train staff. We took this Skip the line Hangzhou Day Tour since we don't like join in the group and wait in the line.Everything went smoothly, That's what we want. Our guide Nancy was professional, attentive and spoke fluent English,and passionate to show us Hangzhou from a local perspective.We had a private boat take us around the peaceful area around the lake, past pass at Lingyin Temple (at first we were a little worried when we saw so many people standing in line),Tea village where you can feel the village life in hangzhou...We hope to be back in different season, the guide told us Hangzhou this city always attractive.

Keng W
Reviewed 18 March 2019
Our time in Hangzhou was well spent.

I highly recommend China Private Tour if you plan to travel to Hangzhou.Our tour guide David was knowledgable,friendly,accommodating, fun and spoke VERY fluent English. We booked the Skip line hangzhou highlights tour recommended by the team since we only had a short day from Shanghai. And it was right. All arrangements for our trip were superb! Thank you so much!

Reviewed 02 March 2019
Amazing day trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou

A wonderful day tour to Hangzhou with our guide who had very good command of English. We were picked up at our hotel in Shanghai and dropped off at the Shanghai train station.The first calss seat on the fast train from Shanghai to Hangzhou was quiet, spacious,with clean modern rest rooms and attendant services!!!David was very knowledgeable of the places we visited,the lingyin temple,westlake,tea village...He knew A LOT of the histories and stories in the city. It was a weekend trip, and we were so happy that David could help us skip the line when he brought the entrance tickets for us,saving us a lot of time. The lunch at a local tea farmer's place was SUPER! We talked to the farmers with David's translation which was really cool. It was a great chance to know more about the city, the people here. At last, we were really thankful to Bonnie from Shanghai private tour,she called us during the tour to check if everything was good during the tour. We do highly recommend David and Shanghai Private tour! We will come back!!!

Reviewed 19 February 2019
Highly recommend, fantastic guided skip the line tour during chinese holiday

Could not imagine visiting the westlake with a private boat cruise without this guided experience during Chinese New Year. Nancy was an amazing guide, leading us expertly through historic and beautiful Hangzhou. She was engaging, kind and incredibly knowledgeable about not just the the sites that we were visiting, but also about all aspects of Hangzhou and provided wonderful lessons that helped us better understand and appreciate our visit to Hangzhou. Would highly, highly recommend this tour. Fantastic experience.

Reviewed 18 February 2019
Great Time Saver and a Worthwhile Hangzhou Tour from Shanghai

The skip the line bit of this tour is well worth it. I visited in February which is a quiet time of the year but the area was still heaving. The planning of the pickup/drop offs was extraordinary, no waiting, as soon as we left the train stations there was a car waiting saving us a lot of time. The first class seating on the high speed train was fantasic with spacious!!!On this short day, We were able to see all the hangzhou highlights the Lingyin temple, tea plantations, west lake and hefang street...at a very leisure way.

We had a delicious lunch at the Longjing tea village where the food taste home-cooked & was prepared using fresh produce from nearby farms.

Our tour guide David's personality and knowledge made it even more memorable. David also is extremely well travelled, having visited the United States several times as well as other parts of the globe. He was a delight to be with. Do highly recommend this hangzhou tour if you have extra days in Shanghai.

Reviewed 18 February 2019
That's a WOW tour from Shanghai to Hangzhou

This was our second booking with China Private Tour and it retained the high standards of quality & fun that we have come to expect. Everything about this tour was excellent. The train ride there from Shanghai was fast & comfortable with the first class seating, Hangzhou itself was beautiful & culturally rich, and Bonnie was a fabulous guide.She is so knowledgeable, so funny (I will miss her sense of humour), her story telling skills were amazing. 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 (we are tea fanatics). And definitely worth the skip the line since it's a weekend trip. If you're visiting the Shanghai area and want a day you'll remember, I highly recommend this tour.

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