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Once praised as the most beautiful city on Earth by the Italian explorer Marco Polo, Hangzhou has long been ranked as a popular tourist destination. In addition to fully enjoying the beauty of West Lake, our private Hangzhou tours and group day tours also enable you to learn about the traditional culture and appreciate the fine art at Six Harmonies Pagoda, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Village... Spending time in nearby Wuzhen or Nanxun Water Town will leave you with an unforgettable memory as well.

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How to get to Hangzhou?

Hangzhou, a charming city in southeast China, is easy to reach by air or by high-speed trains. It has good access to major cities such as Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Shanghai, Kunming, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Hangzhou Airport also operates regular international flights to and from some cities in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.

How to Plan a Hangzhou Tour?

Generally speaking, 1 to 2 full days are enough to cover the best places of interest in Hangzhou city. If you get some extra time, you may also consider taking a side trip to one of the distinctive water towns nearby such as the pristine Nanxun and the popular Wuzhen. Besides, traveling to its neighboring cities such as Shanghai, Suzhou, Huangshan, Nanjing, or Shaoxing via convenient high-speed trains are worthwhile options for Hangzhou tour packages. If you contact us, we will be pleased to offer you some good suggestions on top 10 Hangzhou tours.
Side trip to Suzhou
Day trip to Wuzhen Water Town

What is the best time to visit Hangzhou?

Best time to visit: March to May & September to November

The climate in Hangzhou is warm and humid with four distinct seasons. The city is at its best from March to May, when the weather is usually gentle and lovely with beautiful flowers blossoming everywhere. From September to October, the sightseeing spots appear as multi-hued painter's palettes, making another great time for a Hangzhou vacation package. Though it is a little bit cold in winter from December to February, you can enjoy your trip without interference from massive crowds. If your time is flexible, we suggest you avoid travelling during middle June to early July, as well as August due to the plum rain season and occasional typhoons.
Hangzhou comes into its most beautiful season!

Is visa-free transit available in Hangzhou and its nearby cities?

Yes, passengers from 53 countries or regions have been able to apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit permit at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport since Jan 30th, 2016. It allows travelers to stay as long as 144 hours to visit Shanghai as well as cities in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces without holding a visa. In addition to Hangzhou, other tourist-favored destinations such as Suzhou, Nanjing and Wuxi are all within the visa-free range for a 1-7 days Hangzhou Tour. However, those who visit Huangshan in Anhui Province from Hangzhou still need to apply for a China visa.
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    4.731 Reviews
    Robert
    USA
    Posted on August 12, 2020
    I had to say that my tour guide was excellent! She made detailed explanations for us when we visited Wuzhen Water Town and West Lake. Both of them were my favorite spots in Hangzhou. With her explanation, I had a deep understanding of Wuzhen Water Town and West Lake. I would like to go there with my friends again if time permitted. Sincere appreciation was going to my tour guide with her company in Hangzhou!
    Sean
    Australia
    Posted on July 13, 2020
    Whenever we arrived at a scenic spot, our tour guide could always give us an explanation in detail. She was so professional and knowledgeable! And she put everything in order and brought us a pleasant trip. In Hefang Ancient Street, a widely-known historical and cultural block in downtown Hangzhou, we enjoyed delicious specialties and visited various kinds of shops there. How unforgettable journey!
    Jennifer
    Canada
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    A perfect Hangzhou trip! On the first day, we took a cruise to visit West Lake. The West Lake was the must-see attraction in Hangzhou. Taking a cruise to visit West Lake, we were attracted by its beauty. From a distinctive perspective, Leifeng Pagoda was in sight. How interesting! We also tasted many local cuisines. They were so delicious!
    Kendra
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 02, 2020
    With a professional and dedicated tour guide, our Hangzhou tour was exciting. We had a well-designed itinerary and considerate tour guide!
    Robin Call
    Holland
    Posted on May 11, 2020
    Our handsome tour guide had much patience and maintained a high sense of responsibility.
    He organized a reasonable itinerary for us, including accommodation, eating, driving and travel. We had a great time on the whole Hangzhou tour with full of satisfaction. On the way to the destination, touching stories referring to culture, history, and local specialties of Hangzhou were told to us. They were attractive. With his efforts, our Hangzhou tour came to a happy ending. Sincere appreciation was going to my dedicated tour guide! ... More
    Emanuel Roberts
    USA
    Posted on April 14, 2020
    Our Hangzhou tour was over with a happy ending! My best memories were left in Wuzhen Water Town. It was an ancient water town in Zhejiang. This ancient town had many old houses lining up along the river and flagstone lanes as well as stone bridges. Walking along the stone paths, we had enjoyed the delicious specialties in the snack street and experienced the local customs. Wuzhen Water Town had four parts, including Dongzha, Nanzha, Xizha, and Beizha. And the last two were of great popularity. They were indeed beautiful! ... More
    Linda
    Australia
    Posted on March 30, 2020
    About 4 months ago, we ordered a 5 days Hangzhou tour to Huangshan on Travel China Guide. All the arrangements made by them were satisfactory including guides, hotels and attractions. The sightseeing of Yellow Mountain impressed me most. We took a Cloud Valley Cable Car up the mountain while enjoying the gorgeous snow beauty. Be sure to visit the Flying Over Stone, strange views of the sea of clouds and rime! No hesitation in recommending Travel China Guide to anyone wanting to visit China.
    Selina
    USA
    Posted on March 22, 2020
    The whole four-day Hangzhou tour was meticulously arranged. The tour guide was enthusiastic, thoughtful and patiently explained the unique charms of West Lake and Wuzhen Water Town. A very capable travel company!
    Camila
    Canada
    Posted on March 15, 2020
    It was absolutely a joyful journey to Hangzhou! Travel China Guide was an efficient and creditworthy company elaborately arranging a 4 days private Hangzhou tour for us in January! The guide was optimistic, affectionate and competent in explaining the Water Town in place. She also took good care of my mom! Fortunately, the weather during our stay in Hangzhou was very sunny and warm, which made it a good place to visit!
    Beatrice
    USA
    Posted on February 09, 2020
    It was the first time for me to travel with TCG. All our tour guides arranged the schedule well and tried their best to take care of the group members. Hangzhou is really a beautiful city possessing great scenery of West Lake. We had a good time on this short Hangzhou tour.
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