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Skip The Line: Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights

From $80 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. Sightseeing can often be stressful, especially when long lines and crowds are involved. 8-hour tour in Hangzhou is precious. A skip-the-line tour essentially allows you to avoid the queue and head right to the entrance of the famous temple, taking a reserved private boat cruise without waiting for a big sharing boat...We have our own way to book the ticket and also have the fast pass on scenic spots.

Duration: 6-7 hours

The hangzhou Westlake(including the boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial 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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Day 1

  • Place&Transport: Hangzhou
  • Today's Activities: The hangzhou Westlake(including Westlake Boat Ride), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street
  • Accommondation: No
  • Meal: No

Our local hangzhou tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Hangzhou or the Hangzhou train station with a welcome sign" Hangzhou Private Tour", then starts the Hangzhou day tour as below: 

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.


Later, visit the Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancientBuddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the Temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.


After visiting the Lingyin temple, walk from the back door of the temple to the Amanfayun Village: The picturesque Aman Fayun Village is located in the Fayun Nong area, surrounded by natural forest and scenery, a short drive west of Hangzhou. Nearby attractions include the village of Tianzhu, the Lingyin Temple, Flower Pond, West Lake, Hangzhou History Museum, and the Yongfu Temple. Amanfayun is located in a remote and tranquil forest., immerse yourself in an atmosphere of a traditional Chinese village; a true journey through time. Encountering Amanfayun for the first time is like stepping into a Zhang Yimou film (he of Raise the Red Lantern and the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies fame); your every glance is greeted with a kind of mise en scene; a bright-yellow parasol against the muted stone buildings, a glimpse into an ancient courtyard to someone sweeping away the fallen autumn leaves, a carved inscription in stone framed by lush wet vines. You will feel becoming gently untethered from the concerns of the day.


After walking across the Aman Fayun Village, 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

Have your Lunch at the restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.( In china, do not go to the tourists's restaurants when you are on a tour. You shold go to the right place to have the meals, then you are in real china ). We give you the meal options as below:

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, drive to Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.


The last stop is The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: Has been renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan, but still leads to the Palace of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127AD). The road that stretches 400 meters (1,310ft) is lined with snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silks among others.


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. 

This Hangzhou Private Tour has been popular with our many clients: 
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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 12 November 2019
Amazing Hangzhou tour

This is a tour not to be missed if you travel to Hangzhou. There is a lot to see and learn. Tommy is an excellent tour guide. He is very well organized, thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable. He does everything in his power to have a great time. You just sit back and enjoy the whole unforgettable trip!

Reviewed 22 October 2019
The best way to see Hangzhou withour crowds

My trip to Hangzhou was the best journey I have had to China and this was down to having employed a local guide by the name of Nancy. Nancy speaks excellent English and knows the area like the back of her hand. Knowledgeable, informative and with an excellent sense of humour. I learnt so much more than I could have hoped for in my short time in Hangzhou by having Nancy on hand to explain it all to me and answering all of my questions. We hired a car to get around and would recommend you do the same as there is so much to see. Make sure you visit Longjing Valley Longjing Green Tea tasting, Lake West and its beautiful park and the Lingyin Buddhist Temple. And thanks to Nancy could help us stay away from the bust crowds!!!

Ms. Cynthia Vipond
Reviewed 21 October 2019
Great Tour! Even better Guide!

My guide, Nancy, was absolutely wonderful! She was so knowledgable and well versed in the history of the places we visited in Hangzhou. I would strongly recommend this company, and better yet Nancy, if anyone is looking for a fun, informative look inside Hangzhou history/culture.

Ray & Sally
Reviewed 08 October 2019
Wonderful trip to Hangzou from Shanghai.

I booked trips at the last minute with Hangzhou Private Tour and found them to be very efficient and easy to deal with. We were lucky to have Nancy as our guide. The cars were always spotless and water was provided. Nancy is very knowledgeable and her English is excellent, which enabled us to converse on lots of different subjects.
Our trip began with the bullet train, which whisked us from Shanghai to Hangzhou. First stop was the Temple which was fascinating, then a delicious lunch overlooking a tea plantation. Nancy helped us order and she was spot on with the choices. Next stop was the stunning lake, throughout the tour Nancy not only told us about the history of the sights but also the myths, which made it all the more interesting. Last stop shopping for souvenirs.....delicious green tea.
I highly recommend this company and tour, but I especially recommend Nancy as a guide. Not only did she make the tours interesting, she made them fun as well, we felt as if we were being shown around by a friend.

Reviewed 01 October 2019
Wonderful Hangzhou Tour Experience

Hangzhou Private Tour assisted us in making prompt arrangements for our one day Hangzhou Small Group Tour (no shopping) which was a great experience all round. Tommy was a wonderful guide, we learned so much about China and the places we visited in and around Hangzhou. His English is perfect and he managed to adapt his explanations and the tour itself our expectations and desires. Congratulations Tommy!
Organization was flawless form start to finish. Highly recommended.

Jeremy J.
Reviewed 01 October 2019
Bonnie and Hangzhou Private Tour are the best!

Our Hangzhou trip with Hangzhou Private Tour was just completed. We had many highlights. Two of them were the Lingyin temple and the Tea plantation & village. They are truly a must see and worth all the effort to get there. Boonie is an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable about Hangzhou and the places we visited. She takes the initiative to contact the participants before the tour to finalize details which is appreciated. She makes the tour interesting by her upbeat personality. We totally enjoyed the tour and it was paced out well. We would highly recommend her and would take another tour with her again if the opportunity arises.

Reviewed 15 September 2019
A great way to stay away from the crowds during holiday with guide Bonnie

We went on this hangzhou day tour with a lot of expectations and they were very well complied. We wanted to start the tour early due to the Mid-Autumn Holiday in China. But our guide Bonnie said we dont have to. She will handle it. And it was true. Bonniespeaks very well English and has a lot of in depth knowledge. She did not only knew here way very well through the area but also knew exactly how we could enjoy and see everything without being bothered by the large amount of people.
Everything was really well organised to stay from the crowds,we saw so much during the day that it is hard to choose a favorite.
I will come back for sure with other visitors and would recomend this hangzhou trip to anyone.
Thank you

Russel Pennae
Reviewed 15 September 2019
Great tour great day & great guide

Bonnie was an excellent guide, very informative and very helpful. The tour was great, the temple worth a visit, an excellent vegetarian lunch at our request in the tea village and then on to the west lake for a private boat ride. We saw the most of the highlights in Hangzhou in a short day. My parents were continually impressed with how well organized everything was. We never felt particularly rushed to get any place. I was always satisfied with the speed of our correspondence as well and found the company easy to work with. Would highly recommend Bonnie and Hangzhou Private Tour.

Ms. Christine
Reviewed 06 September 2019
A World-class Tour and Experience of Hangzhou

We toured Hangzhou with Bonnie for a business trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou. We only had one day and we wanted to see as much as possible. China Private Tour planned the day smoothly and managed to fit in so many interesting places and at the same time was very responsive to our moods and requests. Bonnie speaks excellent English and her knowledge is encyclopedic. The van was very comfortable with great air-conditioning which is really important. Bonnie knew exactly where to take us and how to avoid the crowds and the queues. We found his explanations fascinating and by the end of the day we wished that we had more time to spend in Hangzhou. Bonnie is very professional and also a kind and considerate person.

Reviewed 06 September 2019
Perfect Day trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou

Our round way train tickets were arranged properly by China Private Tour. Our guide David and driver Mr Zhang picked us up in a brand-new vehicle from the train station, and proceeded to take us on a private guided tour of Hangzhou. He is knowledgable, considerate, and very professional. We were delighted by the views of the West Lake in the mist, the Lingyin Temple Site was certainly one of the highlights of our trip -- Buddhas carved in the limestone landscape and caves complete with bats in relief. David used all of the travel-time and moments in between to continue painting a vivid portrait of the historical and cultural significance of Hangzhou -- we had the best meal we had in china at a local tea farmer's house, visited the tea plantations and brought the best green tea in China. I wish that we had planned to spend more time in the region - 2-3 days would have been ideal. Heaven and earth, Hangzhou is not to be missed! And i highly recommend China Private Tour and David.

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