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

From $80 per person

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This comprehensive Skip-The-Line full day tour of Hangzhou is perfect for you. Take a boat ride around the UNESCO-listed West Lake, view elegant landscapes at Fish Viewing at Flower Park, visit the secluded Zen monastery of Lingyin Temple, sip tea at Meijiawu Tea Vollage and stroll Song Dynasty Imperial Street. This guided tour lets you skip those queues and head straight into each scenic spot, which make your trip hassel-free and time well spent.

Duration: 6 - 8 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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Tour Itinerary

  • 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

Meet your private guide who holding a sign "Hangzhou Private Tour" upon pickup at the Hangzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Hangzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

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 Lingyin Temple & Feilai Peak. At the site, you'll see the ancient tree roots that rise above the ground, their branches twisting and winding up the peak. Immerse yourself in Lingyin Temple, the biggest & oldest temple of China. It's a great centre of information for those who wish to study aspects of Chinese Buddhism in detail. You'll see the palaces, pavilions and halls together with their many figures of Buddhist deities represent a splendid and unque collection of architectural and artistic cultural relics . From the Lingyin Temple, walk along a cobblestone pathway leading to Amanfayun Village, a restored Chinese village dating back hundreds of years and situated in a remote forest of camphor and bamboo. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of the hamlet dotted with traditional dwellings and surrounded by tea fields. 


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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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.

Marcia Follin
Reviewed 02 September 2019
Memorable experience in Hangzhou

I just wanted to write and thank you very much for a wonderful trip to Hangzhou. We came to Hangzhou for a business meeting. After the meeting, our group of 7 decided to do a hangzhou city tour before heading back to Shanghai. We found Hangzhou Private Tour online and we had a great experience. The service provided by Hangzhou Private Tour were outstanding, our group enjoyed every moment in Hangzhou and it was due to our guide David, he made the tour a memorable event with knowledge each place. Especially the historical details explained before the visit to each venue added to our appreciation of different features. We especially enjoyed the ancient Lingyin temple, the long jing tea testing. Highly recommended. If you are traveling to Hangzhou as a group or individually I highly recommend David and this great team.

Anna Pullig
Reviewed 06 August 2019
Amazing Tour Guide/Friend in Hangzhou!

Everything during the booking process worked perfect and fine, absolutely no reason for a complaint. The round way train tickets from Shanghai to hangzhou and back were arranged promptly by Hangzhou Private Tour. Nancy was our guide for the day - she promptly picked us up from the train station and had a comfortable car with great A/C the whole day with us. Driver was friendly too! She had maximum flexibility to what we liked and gave us many options of eating first or going to sites first. She is very knowledgeable in history and culture and its not just about the attractions but she was also able to relate to modern day culture and how we drew inspiration from these amazing historical sites. The best part is that she is really friendly and full of energy - we felt that we were going out with a long time friend that we havent' see in a while! I strongly reccomend anyone who is looking to discover the local side of Hangzhou (p.s. she has really good taste in food too!)

Wincen Adiputra Santoso
Reviewed 03 August 2019
A perfect Hangzhou day tour with real life experience

It was a great one day tour in Hangzhou with my tour guide David. I booked the one day tour Hangzhou on Hangzhou Private Tour website, Sam/Bonnie were very fast to get me the reply and answered all my questions. They offered me a very reasonable price even it was a last minute booking.The next day David and the driver picked me up at Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport on time in the morning,then drove me directly to the west lake scenic area as we planned.We took a boat cruise on the beautiful west lake and visited the No.1 biggest,oldest Buddhism temple-Linying temple,also we went to the tea plantation and tried couple of tea,which was great tea as I expected,No.1 longhorn green tea in China. The lunch at a local farmer's house recommended by David was FANTASTIC! At last, David drove me to a local wet market as I asked before getting on the free way to the airport back to Hongkong.I was so happy to see the local shopping at the wet market,personally,I'd like see part of the daily life of local people doing wherever I visit. I'm so happy about the trip,thanks Hangzhou Private Tour and David.I will definitely share my visiting story with my friends. Thanks again and wish you all the best.

Mr. Alexander Claxton
Reviewed 28 July 2019
Well organised hangzhou day tour and very honest tour operator

Hangzhou Private Tour delivered exactly what we discussed. No hidden agenda. Very honest and punctual. Excellent tour guide. Very responsive via wechat. I highly recommend his company. Thanks you all.

Kathy Kennedy
Reviewed 23 July 2019
An excellent hangzhou tour with guide David

Sam (Our trip planner) and David (Our tour guide), thank you very much for the great service. It was very relaxed to have a trip with you. Thanks to the comfort the driver gave and thanks to the great stories with humor from David. We had a short time but Sam gave us a good advice of what to see in a short time. We travelled with a family (2 little kids and a grandmother) and for everybody David had attention! Well done! A very good service for a very good price; thanks again!

Daniel Benador
Reviewed 22 July 2019
No doubt the best tour company and guide you can find in Hangzhou

We came from Shanghai to Hangzhou for a quick day trip. Our guide, Tommy, showed us the best of Hangzhou within limited time. The itinerary was very well organised and well paced. Since I don't like rushed tours, this was very suitable for me. Moreover, Tommy is very friendly and knowledgeable. Although I speak Mandarin, I grew up in Canada so I am not very well-educated in Chinese culture. Whenever I didn't understand something, Tommy would be able explain the history and story behind each attraction in a very simple way so I can better appreciate the cultural connotations associated with the attractions. Overall, would highly recommend this to either solo or small groups travelling in the region - I guarantee you won't be able to find anything better :)

Peter Kim
Reviewed 20 July 2019
Highly recommend Hangzhou Private Tour and guide Bonnie

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 Bonnie. Bonnie 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 Bonnie 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. We really appreciated that Bonnie helped us buy the entrance tickets from her own agent to stay away from the long line at the ticket office.

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