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"Heaven On Earth" Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

From $105 per person

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Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Marco Polo described it as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world", it is also ranked as one of the most scenic cities in China. This private day tour departures from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Hangzhou Old Street, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village and Buddhism Culture, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries.

Duration: 10 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 Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement)

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

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

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Hangzhou is a sub-provincial city located in the Yangtze River Delta in the People's Republic of China, and the capital of Zhejiang province. Located 180 kilometres (112 mi) southwest of Shanghai, as of 2004 the entire Hangzhou Region or Prefecture-level city had a registered population of 6.5 million people. The urban agglomeration of the Hangzhou metropolitan area has a resident population of 3,931,900 as of 2003. As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake as the most noteworthy location.

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai-Hangzhou-Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: 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
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: No Meal

Pick you up from your Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement) by our driver and transfer to the train station, you will take the high-speed train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, your Hangzhou local  guide will meet you at the Hangzhou train station, you will find a welcome sign "Hangzhou Private Tour" then start your Hangzhou tour:

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Our Hangzhou Pick up Sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"

First, take a boat cruise in the westlake, The Westlake-which is one of world UNESCO Sites. West Lake Cruise West Lake is just like an ancient traditional Chinese painting inviting you to step in. Cruising West Lake leisurely, not only enables you to enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake from a difference angle, but also help you fully sense the feelings of ancient Chinese and get a glimpse of modern Hangzhounese.


Later, visit the Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancientBuddhist temples in China. Commonly translated as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat" is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. Despite some damage inflicted by red guards during the Cultural Revolution, the temple and grounds escaped much of the wholesale destruction that other temples in China suffered because of the protection of Premier Zhou Enlai. Today the temple is thriving, though most of the thousands of visitors who come do so for sightseeing and not for religious reasons.


After the Lingyin temple, walk from the back door of the temple to the Amanfayun VillageAmanfayun is located in Fayun Village near the Lingyin and Yongfu Temples. Amanfayun has a totally zen atomosphere, surrounded by 7 temples and a buddhist academy. People come to Amanfayun for its serenity and tranquility.


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! (At your own expense or ask your guide to recommend some other restaurants if you have special dietary needs.)

After lunch, you can take a short walk in the tea village and taste a cup of real Longjing Green Tea. As an important and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Village is the best place for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture for locals, it is features Quiet, relaxing and refreshing place, full of tea plantation.


The last stop is The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: The historic Hefang Old Street, located at the southern end of Yan’an Road and the northern foot of Wu Shan Hill in Hang Zhou, A few hundred meters from the West Lake, you can find the  Qinghefang Ancient Street in a 13-hectare area. It is the last classical-style area in downtown Hangzhou, with its own distinct cultural features, including Chinese medicine, tea, local snacks, antiques, folk customs and cultural relics. Qinghefang Ancient Street is one of the oldest streets and is the only well persevered antique historic street in Hangzhou City. It derived from the Southern Song Dynasty and became prosperous in the Qing Dynasty.


This Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai has been popular with our many clients: 

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For more informations about booking train tickets between Shanghai and Hangzhou, please refer to the following link: (You can book your train tickets with your hotel or www.ctrip.com)

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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Janet J
Reviewed 30 November 2019
Thumbs up! Shanghai to Hangzhou day tour!

Booked the day trip to hangzhou for my family. Was greeted by a bilingual guide who was as refreshing as Nancy. She was helpful, responsible and she knows her craft Super well. Guided us the entire day and took really good care of us. Service was exemplary and I would definitely highly recommend anyone who is considering day trip to hangzhou to use her. Thumbs up!

Reviewed 30 November 2019
Hangzhou Day trip from Shanghai with Bonnie

Our tour guide Bonnie picked us up at our hotel lobby and we arrived in Hangzhou via bullet train. She is very efficient and prompt as she has gotten our bullet train tickets in advance so we didn’t need to waste any time. When we arrived in Hangzhou, she brought us to our first stop to have lunch at a local restaurant which was super sumptuous! Bonnie is highly informative as she will share with us the history behind the temples and the West lake. I would definitely highly recommend to use Bonnie as your guide when you visit Hangzhou! She has made our first trip to Hangzhou memorable.

Van Marle
Reviewed 24 November 2019
Fun day with my guide in rainy HangZhou from Shanghai

Highly recommend the trip! It was easy to connect with the tour agency ahead of time, and I was reminded to bring an umbrella and my passport in order to board the train to HangZhou the next day. The attention to detail was appreciated and everything on the day of the trip ran smoothly (from the driver pick-ups to getting to the station with time to spare). My guide’s name was Bonnie and she was very knowledgeable and easy to make conversation with. Not only did I learn about HangZhou, but I also got insights into daily Chinese life from the dating scene to apartment prices in Shanghai. Although the weather was horrible with nonstop rain in HangZhou, I enjoyed my private day trip and Bonnie was able to think of alternative activities when the rain got too heavy to walk outside. The trip is pricey but I personally thought it’s a great way to see and learn about the famed West Lake and surroundings if you are not familiar with transport in China or do not have the time/energy to research and navigate on your own.

Ms. Marlene Donius Haegele
Reviewed 16 November 2019
Day trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou with Nancy

We had a wonderful adventure from Shanghai to Hangzhou with the smart and charismatic Nancy! We saw so much, learned so much and even sampled local delicacies together. Nancy helped us to have a fun experience! We especially enjoyed the boat ride on westlake, the ancient Lingyin temple and the lunch at a local restaurant.

Ms. Ann Murdock
Reviewed 16 November 2019
A great day to Hangzhou out of Shanghai

We had an amazing day visiting Hangzhou from Shanghai by the high speed train, our guide Tommy met us at our hotel promptly and took us first the bullet train and then on to the city, beautiful lake with boat trip and onto a wonderful temple. The lunch at a local farmer's house was FANTASIC!
Our guide Tommy was amazing! He was so knowledgable. She helped us find a beautiful local painting to bring home. He was very flexible with our schedule and allowed us plenty of time to see everything on our agenda, plus some extra sites. He was very kind and made sure we enjoyed our trip.
We would thoroughly recommend this trip and our guide

Ms. Che-la Leung
Reviewed 14 November 2019
The best day tour out of Shanghai

This is the 3rd day trip we booked with Shanghai Private Tour for our quick 4 day trip from the USA to experience Shanghai, China. A truly amazing day!

Hotel pickup and van ride:

We met our guides a little before 8:30am in the hotel lobby. We showed up early and they were already waiting for us. This trip offers hotel pickup from about any hotel in the area (we were staying in the Bund area of town) which is great! The guides were super friendly and have great English language skills. The trip starts with a van ride to the train station. The van was extremely clean and well maintained. The driver was very professional and I felt very confident in his driving skills.

Train ride:

This was my first experience on a bullet train. You’ll go through basic security at the train station. Make sure to take your passport. The tickets were all purchased ahead of time by our guides, so the process was quick and painless. Zero time wasted going through security. The train station is very clean and nice. The train itself is modern and very smooth. It’s neat seeing speeds of 300 plus km/h (a couple hundred miles per hour) on the screen. The seats are comfortable and the train was one of the nicest I have been on. The train ride takes about 1 hour. We spent the time asking a lot of questions to our guides who were extremely knowledgeable about the many questions we asked.

West Lake:

Upon reaching Hangzhou, we were picked up by another van. Again, extremely clean with a very professional driver. The van ride takes about 15-20 minutes to get to West Lake. We started the actual tour at West Lake. It’s very scenic. We were lucky enough to get a boat ride around the lake. This took about an hour total. A very pretty area with many great photo opportunities.

Lunch and the tea farms:

We took a quick van ride from West Lake to our lunch spot. It was a clean restaurant with many food options. We picked a couple of dishes on our own and the guides recommended a couple of others. It is good food and we were happily able to try some new dishes. It’s great to be able to try new things. We ate lunch community style, which allows you to try many different types of food. After lunch, we got to hike into the area where the green tea is being farmed. It was really nice to be out of the hustle of Shanghai and be able to see some of the countryside and nature. There are some beautiful places take pictures in this area.

Ling Ying Temple:

Ok, this was the highlight for me. Easily the highlight. Make sure to wear some comfortable shoes and take some water with (bottles of water were provided to us by our guides). There’s a lot of walking and a lot of steps. It was in the low 30s Celsius when we were here (mid 80s Fahrenheit) and very humid. The tour of the temple starts with seeing the carvings of Buddha statues into the side of a hill. We’re not talking a few carvings, we’re talking hundreds. And they’re not small. This is a true work of art. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. After seeing the carvings we got to see the temple complex. Unlike the temples you’ll see in the heart of Shanghai, these temples are in a sprawling complex in the wooded hills. It’s a very picturesque place with many amazing views and many temples with many massive Buddha statues. Being here and seeing this was easily the highlight of my trip to Shanghai.

Hefang street:

We took a van ride from the temple to Hefang street. This is a road from the Qing dynasty. It’s a very old road with many shops. We spent about 25 minutes here. You’ll be able to try samples of many local foods. It was nice being able to try some of the local foods. If you’re a fan of beef jerky, make sure to try the dried pork. I thought it was really good.

Back to Shanghai:

We took a van from Hefang road back to the train station. From here, it’s a reverse of the morning. Bullet train back to Shanghai and a van ride back to the hotel. The whole day takes about 12 hours.

My thoughts:

This is the third day trip we did with this company and this was by far my favorite. Every tour we did was very good, but getting out of the city and seeing the temple was amazing and easily my favorite experience from our trip to Shanghai. It’s a bit more costly than some of the options but well worth the investment. Everyone with this tour company has been very professional, yet very fun and educational! If you’re in Shanghai for a few days, this should be one of your experiences. Very highly recommended!

Ms. Eva Margarete
Reviewed 14 November 2019
An amazing tour from Shanghai to Hangzhou

Had an amazing time touring Hangzhou from Shanghai with Tommy! Particularly for someone who only speaks English, I highly recommend this tour. We visited Lingyin in the morning and Tommy explained the history of the temple and the many statues inside. Then we had a lunch at local tea village for a unique Chinese meal. In the afternoon we toured the West Lake , the tea village and the Hefang Street. All around it was a fantastic trip!

Reviewed 13 November 2019
The best day trip from Shanghai.

Tommy picked us up promptly from our hotel and had a fabulous ride on a bullet train and then onto Hangzhou where we had a fantastic day with a boat ride on West Lake, food in a family home saw Tea
fields and visited the Buddhist Temple truly worth staying an extra day to experience this culture and having a guide who was competent, caring and could speak our language highly recommend.

Reviewed 12 November 2019
Excellent Hangzhou Day Tour from Shangai with Tommy !

Our Hangzhou day trip from Shanghai was very well organized, everything from reservation to the agenda was very smooth. David was friendly, informative and even brought fans to keep us cool. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend it with family or with friends. Food at the tea garden, Boat ride at west lake and tour to Lingyan temple were great !!

Reviewed 12 November 2019
Fantastic day from Shanghai to Hangzhou.

Tommy picked us up promptly from our hotel and had a fabulous ride on a bullet train and then onto Hangzhou where we had a fantastic day with a boat ride on West Lake, food in a family home saw Tea
fieldsand visited the Buddhist Temple truly worth staying an extra day to experience this culture and having a guide who was competent, caring and could speak our language highly recommend.

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