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Tour Code: hz-4

Departure Date: Daily

Features: Private Tour Guide     Private Car & Driver     Authentic Local Restaurants

Overview

Taking the high speed train from Shanghai to Hangzhou to begin this tour is a treat in and of itself. Hangzhou is a source of much beauty in China, culturally, historically, and naturally. You will also have a chance to visit the flooded town of Wuzhen for a day, lovingly nicknamed the "Venice of the East" for its waterways that serve as walkways anywhere else.

Highlights

  • Lingyin Temple
  • Six Harmonies Pagoda
  • The West Lake (including the Island on the lake)
  • Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum
  • The Riverine Ancient Town of Wuzhen
  • Wu Zhen boat cruise

Itinerary

Day 1Shanghai to Hangzhou by Train No. G7409 (Shanghai Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 09:17 - Arr 10:16

Take leave of Shanghai in the morning and travel to Hangzhou by way of train. On arrival, your guide will begin your tour. First stop is Lingyin Temple, ever and still one of the most important and riches Buddhist temples in theh country. Built more than 1700 years ago in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, the temple is revered by the most religious followers. Right in front is Feilai Feng (Flying Peak), a known Buddhist grotto site with inscriptions. Take note of the halls in this temple for their extraordinary elegance.

Your guide will then lead you to Six Harmonies Pagoda, also known as Liuhe Pagoda. It is a top most recognized pagoda in China which was constructed in the year 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty and its name comes from reference to the six Buddhist ordinances of heaven, earth, east, west, south, and north. For your midday meal, enjoy Hangzhou cuisine at a local restaurant.

  • Meals: Lunch at Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant
  • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou   |  Haihua Hotel Hangzhou   |  Lily Hotel Hangzhou 
Day 2Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a city of much natural beauty. The West Lake is a grand example as the shining gem in the area. The lake has many bridges, pagodas, and walkways to complete the atmosphere of a classical Chinese natural area. Be sure to note a visit to Fairy Island from which offers what is known as one of the 10 best views of West Lake, known as Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. After visiting the lake, you will go to the Hu Qingyu Hall Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum to learn about what you may know of Western medicine against the theories and practices of Eastern medicine. Its many carefully maintained exhibition halls explore the origins, development, and application of traditional Chinese medicine and its role in the world history of medicine. Your fine lunch meal today will be at a local restaurant which serves great local dishes. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Your guide will give you suggestions.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Zhang Sheng Ji Restaurant
  • Hotels: Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou   |  Haihua Hotel Hangzhou   |  Lily Hotel Hangzhou 
Day 3Wuzhen

The ancient town of Wuzhen will yield a delightful time for all ages. It is in the north of the city of Tongxiang, with an hour's drive from Hangzhou. Wuzhen's endless canals weave through the town passing sights such as Fanglu Pavilion and the former residence of Mao Dun. Visiting Wuzhen, of course we will also take you on a boat cruise for a picturesque journey through living history. The wooden boats can carry a maximum of 6 people at a time and our trip will be about 20 minutes in total. For lunch, your guide will help you decide on a fine local restaurant based on your favorites.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Local Restaurant
  • Hotels: Shinetown Wuzhen    |  Tong An Hotel  |  Wuzhen Guest House
Day 4Hangzhou to Shanghai by Train No. G7318 (Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 15:00 - Arr 15:45

After a good night of sleep, we will take you back to Shanghai by train this morning. There we will drop you off at your address. Thank you for exploring a piece of China with us!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Hotels: No

Price Per Person in US Dollars

We use different hotels for different tour classes while the itinerary is the same. Deluxe Class is usually staying at a 5-star hotel, Superior Class at a 4-star hotel and Tourist Class at a 3-star level hotel. The prices for one person are based on sharing twin hotel rooms with another guest. A supplement is necessary if you want to book single rooms. And the prices may rise during national holidays, such as the National Day (September 30th to October 6th) and Chinese New Year (late January or early February)

$ USD
Dec.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /
Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

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What's Included & Excluded

What’s included?

  • Entrance fees to attractions Listed above
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour, except on a Yangtze cruise ship
  • Authentic local meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Service charge & government taxes
  • Travel insurance

Our Guides and Vehicles

China Travel Guides

Excellent Local Guides

All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture and more. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town.

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Private Car and Driver

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons and small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons.

We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained (not over 4 years) and always very clean. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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