SH01-06: Shanghai to Hangzhou Day Tour

West Lake - Lingyin Temple - Meijiawu Tea Plantation - Six Harmonies Pagoda
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We will book the round-trip high-speed train tickets between Shanghai and Hangzhou for you and deliver them to your hotel a few days ahead of the scheduled trip. You will go to the train station by yourself in the morning to start this Shanghai to Hangzhou day tour. More information about how to take the train is available on our website. You may read it in advance to make it easier to catch the train.
West Lake
Tea farmers picking up tea leaves
After an about one-hour train journey, you will arrive in Hangzhou. Your Hangzhou guide and driver will greet you at the railway station and then escort you to visit the famous West Lake. A boat trip on the lake will be arranged, which is sure to be a memorable experience. After that, your private Hangzhou tour from Shanghai will continue to the Lingyin Temple where you will spend some time appreciating the profound Buddhist atmosphere. Lunch is on your own today, but your guide will be glad to offer you recommendations and help. In the afternoon, we will proceed to a tea plantation to learn about the tea culture in Hangzhou. Afterwards, this Hangzhou day tour from Shanghai will end with a visit to the Six Harmonious Pagoda, Hangzhou's most important architecture in the Song Dynasty (960–1279), standing by the turbulent Qiantang River.

Finally, your guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station and help you board the train. After returning to Shanghai, you will find your own way back to your hotel.
Tour Highlights
West Lake
The West Lake, surrounded by willows and dotted by islets and lotus flowers, undoubtedly represents the beauty of Hangzhou. With rolling hills as its backdrop, this mirror-like lake is beautiful and suitable to take photos from any angle. The joyful sight of the 'Three Pools Mirroring the Moon' is even printed on the back of the CNY 1 note, which should not be missed.
West Lake looks gorgeous in the misty rain.
Lingyin Temple
The Lingyin Temple is the oldest temple in Hangzhou with a history of over 1,700 years. It is also regarded as a treasure of the Buddhist culture, housing various historic relics from different dynasties. A maverick monk named Ji Gong (1148-1209) took vows in the Lingyin Temple. Your guide will tell you some interesting stories about this renowned monk who was unkempt with broken shoes and hat, and usually violated Buddhist commandments.
Visit the Lingyin Temple
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the Six Harmonies Pagoda has been guarding the running Qiantang River for over 1,000 years. Seen from the exterior, it is a 13-storey pagoda about 60 meters (200 feet) tall, with an iron bell hung under each of the 104 cornices of the tower. However, people only need to climb 7 floors inside to reach the top, where you will get the best view of the Qiantang River.
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Price Includes
  • High speed train fares of Shanghai/Hangzhou/Shanghai
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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    4.78 Reviews
    Posted on July 27, 2020
    I left a precious memory of the Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou. I enjoyed the picturesque scenic spots while listening to interesting and moving stories. Hangzhou was so charming!
    Posted on June 14, 2020
    I was very pleased with the Shanghai day tour. The diver was punctual and had a steady ride. The guide was very friendly and outgoing. I was deeply impressed by her humorous explanation. She told us a story about a maverick monk named Ji Gong when we visited Lingying Temple. It’s very interesting! I enjoyed the short but excellent day tour.
    Posted on February 26, 2020
    The Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou was leisurely. The itinerary had no intense activity and my grandparents liked it. We spent a relaxing and enjoyable day!
    United States
    Posted on January 20, 2020
    I had a Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou. I had an excellent view of the West Lake by boat. The Lingying Temple possessed many ancient buildings and a quiet environment. I saw many people pray in the hall. Hangzhou was very beautiful and I wanted to go there next time!
    Thien Sergey
    United Kingdom
    Posted on December 12, 2019
    A wonderful Shanghai day tour with good itinerary and considerate service. Great value for money! Hangzhou was a beautiful city with many famous scenic spots like the West Lake. I preferred the interesting stories the guide told us about the beautiful scenery. I also knew a lot about the tea culture in the Meijiawu Tea Plantation. It was a joyful and relaxing Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou!
    Stephen Witt
    Posted on October 29, 2019
    My friends and I were all pleased with the Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou. In addition to the beautiful scenery of Hangzhou, the guide’s detailed explanation and attractive stories added more fun to this trip. This tour was great and worthy to recommend to everyone!
    Erin Zotto
    Posted on September 17, 2019
    The guide was very humorous and got along well with every tourist. She also shared her travel experience with us and I learned a lot. She gave us a detailed explanation of each scenic spot. The whole schedule was tight but everyone had enough rest and free time. The proper transportation arrangement saved us a lot of time. In a word, it was a perfect Hangzhou day tour from Shanghai.
    Paul Brandt
    Posted on August 13, 2019
    Very happy about the Shanghai day tour to Hangzhou! The schedule was tight but not tiring. I will recommend it to more people!
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