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Private Hangzhou Day Tour: Remarkable Journey of serenity and beauty of nature

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From $70 per person

Tour Style:
Accompanied by your private knowledgeable guide over 5+ years guiding experience and skillful driver over 10+ years driving experience, explore the best of Hangzhou on a full-day tour. Take a boat ride on West Lake to stay away from the crowds. the placid waters of which have been immortalized throughout history in literature and poetry. Experience a Chinese tea ceremony at Longjing Green Tea Plantation; walk through the Bamboo lined path at Yunqi to fully experience the serenity and beautiful nature of Hangzhou.

Duration: 6 - 8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):
The hangzhou Westlake(including a boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Guo Garden, Drangon Well Tea Plantation, Bamboo lined path at Yunqi, Qinghefang Ancient Street

Pick-up point:
Your Hotel & train station in Hangzhou

Finishing point:
Your Hotel & train station in Hangzhou

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

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

Available: Daily (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Hangzhou
  • Today's Activities: The hangzhou Westlake(includingThree Ponds Mirroring the Moon), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Guo Garden, Drangon Well Tea Plantation, Bamboo lined path at Yunqi, Hangzhou Qianjiang CBD
  • Accommondation: No
  • Meal: No

Meet your private guide upon pickup at Hangzhou Railway Station or your hotel lobby in downtown Hangzhou with a welcome signage "Hangzhou Private Tour" and set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle. Let your your guide know your interests of any particular attractions so the commentary and itinerary can be customized accordingly. (Note: If you come from Shanghai, recommended timing: Arrival: Around 9:30am, Departure: Around 18:00pm. Both Hangzhou East train station and Hangzhou railway station are work for this tour. FREE charge of train station pick up & drop off service. )

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Our pick up sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"

First, take a boat cruise in the westlake,The Westlake Hangzhou (including boat cruise on westlake): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. On the boat you can see one of theTen Best Views of West Lake--Three Pools Mirroring the Moon.The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.

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After that, visit the  Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond(Huagang Park). This spot is located at the southern end of Su Causeway. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West Lake here, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in, so it called "Flowery Harbor". This area now has been made into a 22 hectare (54 acre) park with many varieties of trees and flowers, featuring a peony garden which blooms in April and a goldfish pond which is the famous site for viewing fish. 

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Later, drive to the Guo Garden: Considered to be the best existing traditional private garden in Hangzhou and a great place to relax and revel in the beauty of Song-era tea houses and pavilions. Only local people come to this garden to enjoy their leisure time. The villa not only provides you with a better understanding on this Asian "leisure capital" but also an idea place for photography. 

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After visiting the Guo's villa, drive to a village in the mountain side, our guide will pick a nice place for you for lunch!

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

During the tour, you have the options to have lunch at the local restaurant recommended by your guide (THEY ARE FOODIES, they really know where and what to eat in the city) or have an authentic home-cooked meal at a local famer's home, which is a great chance to talk with the villagers and learn more about the real life in the city. 

1) Lunch at Local Tea Farmer's Tea House to know the real life of the local people:And we also can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare, cook local delicaies if you want to. You can learn how to cook: Beger's Chicken, Westlake carp in vinegar source(Do not be scared, no bones!!! Aha), Lotus root, bamboo shoot...and other many tasty vegetables )

2) At the local restaurants which are popular with local people, such as Grandma's Kitchen, Green Tea Restaurants...And also fancy ones as well, 28 Hubin Road(Top 50 Best in Asia, Jinsha Restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel. We are the local, we are the sources. We know many excellent restaurants even not listed on Lonely Planet and some other travel guides.

After lunch, move to the Meijiawu Tea Plantation: the origin of the most famous variety of green tea, Longjing, in china with beautiful natural scenery (There are many tea houses in the village and you will have a chance to sample local tea). Interestingly, at a local tea grower's tea house, you could learn how to prepare local delicacies if you are interested. Learn to cook beggar's Chicken, Westlake carp fish in vinegar source, lotus roots, bamboo shoot and many other fresh vegetables. If you don’t wish to cook, just sit back and their flavors.

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After tea testing, move to Bamboo lined path at Yunqi: The forest is breathtaking. It really makes you realise how insignificant you are when you stand next to the bamboo trees towering way above you. You are surprised at how hard the bamboo actually was - no wonder Asian builders use it as scaffolding! The thing really liked about the bamboo forest is the light - even though the forest was dense, it still seemed really light and crisp, because of the fact the bamboo's all green (not like normal trees where the trunk is dark brown). It gives the forest a totally different vibe, hard to explain but it was just fascinating.

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Your final stop is Qinghefang Old Street, a good place to experience the lifestyle of Old Hangzhou since it is the epitome of historic Hangzhou. It is also a great place for shopping, food, and sightseeing. You could see well-preserved old buildings, explore interesting boutiques, and shop for unique souvenirs. 

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After the tour, our tour guide and driver will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou or the hangzhou train station and your tour ends. 

Optional Activities

We provide off the beaten track Hangzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).

Morning Market & Breakfast Experience   Cost for Breakfast: within 20RMB Per Person
If your hotel doest not provide breakfast or you are a foodie and want to taste real Hangzhou. This is a great chance to see how Hangzhou wakes up by experiencing the tastes, sounds and local way of life. Get whisked through Hangzhou's old streets, alleys and morning market with our local guide to eat the most authentic breakfast at places we know and you can't find on your own.

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Blind Date Culture at Wangsong Campus   Free Charge
Feeling the local dating culture at Wansong Academy where the locals take part in the blind date fair "Chinese Matchmarking Day".Here attracted over thousands of young singles and their parents. ( Available on each Saturday morning)

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Westlake Sunset Watching at Chenghuang Pavilion   Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person
Follow our guide to climb up to the Cheng Huang Pavilion where is the one of the best locations for admiring and photographing the sunset on Westlake.

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Local Wet Market Visting    Free Charge
Do you want know more about local life? Come with our guide to visit the local wet market. To most locals, wet market is a destination for freshest produce while it is a must-see attraction for a cultural experience to tourists.

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Local Family Visiting    Free Charge
If you are interested in local culture and life style, we can arrange local famliy visting to sip famous Longjing tea, learn how to cook local food as well as taste Hangzhou cuisine. Local residents will invite you warmly to experience Hang-style life.

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1-on-1 Travel Consultant
Our travel consultants have been working in local tourism for years, they are professional, experienced and responsible sharing our wealth of knowledge to plan your trip. They will formulate customized tour plan based on your travel interests, time, and budget as well as providing professional suggestions. Beside, they will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned. 

Excellent Local Guides
All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture but also prepared to talk frankly about whatever topic interests you. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town. They’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. 

Private Car and Driver
We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.(Not over 4 years). Our drivers are are local, polite, friendly and helpful with over 10-year drive experience. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

Meals & Dining
If the meals are included in the itinerary. We will take you to the best local restaurants and help you order dishes according to your preference on spot to guarantee that the food is freash not pre-cooked. Some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, your private guide will be still delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local featured restaurants every week based on the online reviews of customers. We have a large selection of different restaurants which cater to the specifications of our customers, and are available to provide various options, such as vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese, Western, Jewish, and Indian restaurants. 

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
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Boris
Reviewed on 09 July 2020

This review is based on my experience in interacting with Hangzhou Private Tour and specifically the Travel Consultant, Sam. We unfortunately had to cancel the tour scheduled during the upcoming summer vacation in July due to the ongoing cross border travel restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However the professional service and responses received, starting from the initial exploratory emails back in January to the immediate refund of 100% of the advance payment upon the cancellation of the tour, exceeded expectations. Looking forward to rearranging this trip next year!

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Martin Kopriva
Reviewed on 10 December 2019

Hello,

I wanted to ask about the possibility to attend 1 day trip via Hangzhou as I'm on a business trip and no plans for the weekend. It doesn't have to be private - can be even the group - preferrably on Saturday.

Thank you,
Martin

Replied:24 April 2020

Dear Martin, 

Thanks for your inquiry for our service. We sent you the details by email. Please check that. Thanks! 

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Susan Seth
Reviewed on 06 December 2019

We had a great experience with our your guide David who helped us plan a customized 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 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.

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George
Reviewed on 25 November 2019

We visited Hangzhou for our day with friends.Hangzhou Private Tour organized the tour for us at the last minutes. Our guide David was excellent. His professional skillfulled services are extra bonous on top of beautiful site . I would recommand David for your Hangzhou trip .

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Amy
Reviewed on 25 November 2019

Great customised tour for just the both of us. Totally reliable, very responsive and attuned to our preferences. Service included pick up from the airport and fully customised tour programme with great recommendations of restaurants and local gourmet favourites. Tour guide Tommy spoke fluent English,knowledgeable guide.Special mention also has to go to Mr Chen, the very unassuming, safe and helpful driver.

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Venkat Gopal
Reviewed on 28 October 2019

We travelled from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train. David picked up us from the train station and he depicted a lot to us. He is incredibly knowledgable of not only the history of the city but also the whole country. His fantastic explanation covered history, law, tradition and religions. He also has a deep understanding of China' modern technology like Alibaba. We wish we could have stayed a little longer in Hangzhou. Thanks for Hangzhou Private Tour and Guide David.

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Camille L
Reviewed on 28 October 2019

We enjoyed a gorgeous day with Tommy travelling Hangzhou. The booking with Hangzhou Private Tour was quite easy! Our trip began by being picked up at train station by the guide. He met us at the exit of the train station on time with a big smile!
On the way to scenic area we discussed all of the schedule and we were convinced that we would have a private tour with much flexibility. Tommy also recommended other places and things to do if time allowed.
Naturally, we visited all the famous places one by one like the lake the garden and tea field. Afterwards, we had lunch at a very tasty local restaurant. Tommy helped us jump the queue as there were many customers waiting to eat. But we didn't wait long for delicious meal.
We truly recommend this trip and Tommy was a excellent tour escort. We would like to repeat the same experience in other cities.

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Ms. Janice Neal
Reviewed on 24 October 2019

I had a chance to visit HangZhou for a business trip . When I entered this city ,I saw amazing nature with a long history . They told me that this city has a story about lovers , at the first I think that it is just a myth and legend but when I leave there I believe on that story , you will find you love in there and then magic separates you . This bridge on the west lake is really full of love . You can sense so many love history that happened in there before . One of my tour guide Bonnie , told me several history of this city and she guide me to Sung city . It was my good fortune to see Bonnie and start a good friendship with her. She was doing more than a tour guide for me . If I want to write about Sungcity I have to write too much , but I can just mention a visiting famous show in there ,that I know from the end of my life I will not forget that memory . All in all , Im as Iranian with a country of long history ,I see the big history of China and nice nature of this city . I recommend every of my family to visit this city and go to the west lake and sungcity . Hangzhou will remain in my mind for ever and I feel I will miss this city . At the end I have to thank Bonnie for all her support to me.

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Mr. Gary Vipond
Reviewed on 21 October 2019

Communication with Hangzhu Private Tour and our guide David was quick and easy. David speaks fluent English, is very knowledgeable, and has a bubbly enthusiasm about the culture and history of Hangzhou. We were driven around in a comfortable minivan to see the main sights as well as some hidden, off-the-beaten-path spots in Hangzhou. They charge an honest, reasonable price too. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a private tour in Hangzhou. Thank you for the beautiful memories!

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Reginia Wong
Reviewed on 08 October 2019

Without doubt, Hangzhou is one of my favorite city in China.
Our guide, Nancy, was simply the best. She was able to plan each day in a well-organized pace without skipping on any details. Her knowledge and passion of each attraction left us wanting to learn more about this city’s rich culture and traditions. The entire trip filled with interesting information and you can tell that she really loves what she does. Thank you Nancy!

We would highly recommend Nancy and Hangzhou Private Tour for anyone considering visiting Hangzhou, China.

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