Hangzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Private Tour
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Diane Leong
5 out of 5

"The tour guide is very good, attentive. Overall the trip was wonderful."

Roger Ward
5 out of 5

"WOW! Our tour was above all expectations. Peggy our tour guide was exceptional. She ensured that everything was planned beautifully,…"

(Per person in group up to 9)
  • 11 Hours
  • No shopping
  • English
Type:Private This is a Tour
Length: 11 Hours
Shopping Stops:No

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Require Passport information
Price per child(below 1.2 meters) = $79


  • High-speed train to historic Hangzhou
  • Private car to beautiful West Lake
  • A boat ride across the West Lake
  • Most influential China Buddhist Temple
  • Dragon Well Green Tea

This tour is described as: Heritage, Cultural Experience, Train tour, Photography

Tour details

Book this tour to Hangzhou from Shanghai for a special 1 day experience of nature, history and culture.

Hangzhou is one of seven ancient cities in China with a history of more than 2200 years. It was once the capital city in Southern Song Dynasty, today it is not only has incredible natural views, it is also one of the electronic business centers of China and home to e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Its rich human cultural relics and fertile land make it outstanding in China along with its rich West Lake, silk, and tea cultures. A must see destination just one hour from Shanghai by high-speed train.

What you can expect

As this is a private tour, you can choose your desired starting point and time: Typically, your guide will pick you up at your centrally located hotel in Shanghai between 7 and 9 am where you'll head to the high-speed train station. You'll first relax on the 1-hour train ride at speeds of over 300KPH to the ancient, but modern city of Hangzhou.

Along the way you'll see urban Shanghai melt into suburban and then rural areas until arrive in Hangzhou. Once arriving in Hangzhou, your private car and driver will pick you up (along with your tour guide) to enjoy a short ride to West Lake, the most famous area of Hangzhou. It attracts vast of people from all over the world to visit. In 14th century, Marco Polo, the famous traveler and business man named this area as "Venice on the Earth".

You will take a boat ride on the lake. This boat ride is 30 minutes long and you will feel you are riding in heaven, surrounding by many islets. It is a very impressive experience.

After here, if you are not too hungry, continue to visit the beautiful natural scenery--Lingyin Temple, the most influential Buddhist temple in China along with various pagodas and other cultural sites. It is the biggest Buddhist Temple in Southern China, the richest and very solemn.

You'll also stop to experience "Peak Flying From Afar," a massive stone sculpture made from WuDai to Yuan Dynasty. From here you'll enjoy lunch, based on your interests and budget, in the tea plantation or a very famous (and delicious) restaurant. Your guide can help you choose.

After lunch, it is your tea time. Drink the most famous imperial green tea. You will not only learn the history about the Dragon Well Green Tea, but you will also taste it and learn how to make your tea. For sure, you can bring some home.

After that,  you'll take the high-speed train to back to Shanghai and be taken back to your hotel.You'll be back at your hotel (or your chosen downtown Shanghai destination) after this 11 hours long tour.

Please don't forget to add your hotel address in Shanghai for a pickup and drop off. You can add the details in the "notes" section when booking.

This tour also requires your passport information, to book the high-speed train ticket. You also need to bring your passport on the day of the tour to get your ticket.

The difference between private tours and join in (group) tours

Private Tour

High quality tour with a more personal experience. Your guide will be available for any questions you have. Furthermore, there is much more flexibility with your itinerary. Want to meet other people interested in the same activity. Click here.

Join in (Group) Tour

Mostly more affordable tours that have more inclusions and will allow you to meet new people and make some friends. Check out other join in tours in China here.

Price includes

-Private English-speaking tour guide
-Centrally-located hotel pickup and drop-off with premium car service
-High-speed train tickets
-Premium car with experienced driver in Hangzhou
-All entrance fees
-West Lake boat ride
-Bottled water

Price doesn't include

-Meals and drinks
-Personal expenses
-Tips appreciated, but not required

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 4 working days before the experience: full refund.
  • 0-3 working days before the experience or no-show: no refund.
5 out of 5

2 Traveler reviews

  • Diane Leong
    5 out of 5

    The tour guide is very good, attentive. Overall the trip was

  • Roger Ward
    5 out of 5

    WOW! Our tour was above all expectations. Peggy our tour guide was exceptional. She ensured that everything was planned beautifully, she handled the few hiccups that happened so well, like assisting us when our hotel, was not at the address we were given. Peggy ensured that our two teenage lads enjoyed the history and heard some personal stories that made the history come alive. She also researched where we needed to be and when to be able to complete aspects of our tour. The only fault we have with our tour is that it meant other tour guides in other cities had a lot to live up to. When asked about other tour guides in different cities our guys would respond… Fine/good, but not as good as Peggy. Thanks Jenny and Peggy for making our stay in Shanghai so wonderful. 

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