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Itinerary
Your private tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Hangzhou city downtown at 9:00am and transfer you to take a wooden boat ride on the beautiful West Lake - the symbol of Hangzhou. The tranquil water is occasionally decorated by ancient pagodas, bridges, lush islands and hills. The boat ride finishes at Flower Pond, the best spot for viewing fish and flowers, and have a pleasant walk in the park.

Continue to Lingyin Temple, one of the most famous and popular Buddhist temples in China. It is known for many Buddhist carvings and statues and the Happy Buddha is the most impressive one. Next to the temple is Flying Peak - an outstanding Buddhist grottoes site consisting of over 300 statues.

Lunch is not included in the tour to ensure your flexibility of choice. Feel free to ask your tour guide for recommendation of local restaurants and dishes or head to local tea farmer’s house for home-made delicacies prepared with tea. The afternoon is dedicated to an in-depth tea tour. Tea is originated in China with wide varieties. Dragon Well Tea, or called Longjing Tea in Chinese, is a famous kind of Green Tea, and Hangzhou is the origin place and top producing area of the Dragon Well Tea. You will visit Meijiawu Tea Village to learn and experience the process of making tea, such as picking, refining and brewing. Visit China Tea Museum to learn about the history of tea and see some exhibitions of tea wares. Later on enjoy a tea ceremony performance and taste tea at an old-style pavilion on hill top. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Locations visited
Lingyin Temple
National Tea Museum
West Lake (Xi Hu)
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Overview
Enjoy a private tour that showcases the fine tea of Hangzhou along with top attractions in the area. Start with a boat cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to Lingyin Temple, known for impressive Buddha statues, and see the caves of Flying Peak, which also has hundreds of statues. After lunch, discover one of the region’s most famous teas, dragowell tea, also known as longjing tea. Visit the China National Tea Museum and Meijiawu Tea Village to learn about the renowned tea’s production.
Highlights
  • Private full-day tour of Hangzhou and Longjing tea village
  • Admire the beauty of World Heritage-listed West Lake during a boat cruise
  • See an extensive collection of Buddhist artifacts at Lingyin Temple and Flying Peak
  • Visit Meijiawu Tea Village to sample dragonwell tea and learn about its production
  • Browse the China National Tea Museum’s collection of tea-related artifacts
  • Includes entrance fees, transportation, guide, and hotel pick-up and drop-off in Hangzhou
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Professional Guide

My wife and I visited Hangzhou with our Grandson (21 years old) who is studying Mandarin. It was our first trip to China. Our guide was 'Gerry' who met us at the airport and drove us to our Hotel where he sorted out a mix-up...More

Thank ed18314
chtcustomercare, Guest Relations Manager at China Highlights, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi there We're glad that you found Gerry to be professional and helped you with all your arrangements in Hangzhou and even driving you all the way to Suzhou. We appreciate the recommendation, and hope that we can serve you again. CH Customer--care Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The private guide is so worth it!!

Gerry was our guide and he was awesome! Hangzhou and West Lake are beautiful! We went to the top of the Six Harmonies Pagoda, the Tea Culture experience, and he even pointed us to Qinghe Lane to go exploring on our own that evening. When...More

Thank Cyndi M
chtcustomercare, Guest Relations Manager at China Highlights, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Glad that Gerry was awesome, and you enjoyed visiting the city with him. Great that you were able to get to Shanghai by road, when you flight was cancelled. CH Customer-care Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful West Lake!

My son (21) and I recently spent 2 days/1 night in Hangzhou. We booked our tour through China Highlights and were extremely fortunate to have Fiona as our guide; she was passionate about her city and truly enjoyed sharing her culture and knowledge with us....More

Thank ksoriley
chtcustomercare, Guest Relations Manager at China Highlights, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there Thanks for booking your tour through us. We're glad that you found Fiona to be passionate in sharing and showing you her beautiful city. It's always hard to say goodbye when you had enjoyed such a great time together, but we do hope...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Wonderful 5 day Hangzhou private tour with Fiona. Lovely friendly guide.

On day 1 we were met at the train station by Fiona and driver and taken to our Hotel. The next morning (day 2) we met Fiona and went to West Lake with its arched bridges and then to the Lingyin Temple. We also visited...More

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chtcustomercare, Guest Relations Manager at China Highlights, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Hi there John G Thanks for sharing your 5-day Hangzhou tour with us. We're encouraged that you found Fiona, our tour guide to be friendly, helpful, and professional all the way. We do hope that you can make another visit with us to explore more...More

Reviewed 11 June 2018
China Highlights Hangzhou

Excellent private tour in Hangzhou with China Highlights. Gerry was excellent in all respects. Highly recommended.

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