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Private Hangzhou Tour of West Lake, Guo Garden, Tea Platation & Hefang Street

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Hangzhou, China
Private Hangzhou Tour of West Lake, Guo Garden, Tea Platation & Hefang Street

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iconOffered in: English
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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary during this full-day private tour of Hangzhou. Explore the region around West Lake, including an optional private boat ride and a tea ceremony at the Meijiawu Tea Village. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or visit a local farmer's home for a homecooked meal (own expense).
  • Private day tour of Hangzhou
  • Dedicated guide for just you and your private party
  • Explore West Lake and other area highlights
  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel or train station
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Hotel and railway station pickup and drop-off in Hangzhou downtown
Bottled Water/Soda Drinks/Cold Drinks
Professional English-speaking guide
Air-conditioned private vehicle
Lunch if you book the all inclusive tour option
Entrance fees if you book the package tour option
Boat Ride Fee if you book the private tour option

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup & drop-off service is arranged at your Hangzhou downtown hotel or Hangzhou train station.

Departure Time

9:30 AM
Arrange ahead of time to meet your private guide at the Hangzhou Railway Station or pickup at your hotel in downtown Hangzhou on the morning of your tour.

Climb into an air-conditioned private tour vehicle and set out for a day of sightseeing, beginning at the West Lake area, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Opt for a private rowing boat cruise (extra expense) to fully experience the lake’s beauty.

Move on to Guo’s Garden, a traditional private garden featuring Song-era tea houses and pavilions. The tour’s next stop is the Meijiawu Tea Village, where you can visit traditional tea houses or indulge in a local lunch (extra expense).

After lunch, stroll down the bamboo-lined path at Yunqi, leading to the Yunqi Valley along a babbling brook. Visit Qinghefang Old Street, where you can get a picture of the lifestyle of Old Hangzhou. Shop in the local stores or have a bite to eat among the historic buildings before concluding your tour with drop-off back at the rail station of your hotel.
Stop At:  
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Meet your private guide upon pickup at Hangzhou Railway Station or your hotel lobby in downtown Hangzhou and set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle. Let your your guide know your interests of any particular attractions so the commentary and itinerary can be customized accordingly. First, you will visit the West Lake, start with a 35-minute boat ride on tranquil West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and perhaps Hangzhou's most famous attraction. Relax amid enchanting scenery as your guide points out historic pagodas, Chinese-style arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, green islands and lush gardens.
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Guo's Garden
Next visit Guo's Villa. Considered to be the best existing traditional private garden in Hangzhou and a great place to relax and revel in the beauty of Song-era tea houses and pavilions. Only local people come to this garden to enjoy their leisure time. The villa not only provides you with a better understanding on this Asian "leisure capital" but also an idea place for photography.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Longjing tea fields
Continue to Longjing Green Tea Plantation and Village (Meijiawu), the origin of the most famous variety of green tea, Longjing, in china with beautiful natural scenery (There are many tea houses in the village and you will have a chance to sample local tea). Interestingly, at a local tea grower's tea house, you could learn how to prepare local delicacies if you are interested. Learn to cook beggar's Chicken, Westlake carp fish in vinegar source, lotus roots, bamboo shoot and many other fresh vegetables. If you don’t wish to cook, just sit back and their flavors.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yunxi Zhujing Scenic Resort
Later, explore bamboo lined path at Yunqi.The serene Bamboo-lined Path in Yunqi is a 1km (0.6 mi) stone-paved path that cuts through dense bamboo forest all the way to Yunqi Valley, which is an ideal and quiet place to get away from the crowds for leisure stroll to enjoy lush green bamboo groves towering over you and with murmuring stream running alongside the path.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hefang Street
Your final stop is Qinghefang Old Street, a good place to experience the lifestyle of Old Hangzhou since it is the epitome of historic Hangzhou. It is also a great place for shopping, food, and sightseeing. You could see well-preserved old buildings, explore interesting boutiques, and shop for unique souvenirs. When the tour is concluded, we will drop you off at Hangzhou Train Station or your hotel in Hangzhou.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please provide round-trip train itinerary in "special requirement" block if pickup from Hangzhou Train Station is required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY China Private Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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It was a rare occasion that the sun...
Pat T
, Sep 2017
It was a rare occasion that the sun actually shone for my day tour in Hangzhou. Guide Bonnie met us at the Hangzhou East train station, on time and courteous. She arranged the driver of a private car to pick us up to start the tour without any waiting in the usually crowded station. Bonnie narrated the itinerary of the trip and solicited our likes or dislikes so that she could make it better. This showed she was considerate and wanted no part in rushing us through. we first visited West Lake where we strolled at our leisure to enjoying the Gold Carp pond and the spectacular view of the lake side trails. We than took a cruise on a boat around the lake while Bonnie took time and explained to us the famous hot spots around the lake. We saw, for the very first time, the actual scenery that has been minted on the back side of the Yen 1 what she pulled out from her wallet. I of course snatched it from her hand and proclaimed it my priced possession. We stopped by a local restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was run by a tea farmer and the tea plantation was all around in that area. Lunch was home-made yet delicious. I tried the Braised Pork Belly Dong Po Rou in brown sauce. Excellent dish, Hangzhou style! Then we visited the famed Lingyin Temple where Bonnie gave us some history of it. She mentioned that a long time ago that the Flying Peak was carried by a legendary magic eagle or vulture from India to Hangzhou. What a temple! A must see in Hangzhou!! Later she noticed my wife had some difficulty in walking and promptly changed the agenda to fit our needs. What considerations! We ended the our tour after touring Qinghefang Old Street. At the train station Bonnie repeatedly offered us her assistance if we needed to change the Bullet train schedule. Talking about Bullet train, had you ever seen a slow bullet. It was a disappointment because I strongly believe that my 500cc motor bike could out run it. In summary, this trip was money well spent. We enjoyed it very much. We also appreciated the courtesy, knowledge, consideration and professionalism of guide Bonnie. A friendly advice for future tourists in Hangzhou: Have Bonnie, will travel!

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