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Hangzhou: Private Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

1. Hangzhou: Private Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

After pick-up in a private air-conditioned vehicle visit the Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum. The museum consists of three sections the exhibition zone, the experience zone and the operation zone. The experience zone and operation zone are the main parts. The museum exhibits some 110 cultural relics related to the Hangzhou cuisine, a branch of the broader Zhejiang cuisine, as well as nearly 200 lifelike artificial dishes. The museum also features Hangzhou cuisine workshops and restaurants to demonstrate the food culture of Hangzhou. Next visit the local Wet Market where traditionally the freshest local products are sold. Learn how to grocery shop like the Hangzhounese and bargain hard for the ingredients for today's menu. Continue your tour to Meijiawu Tea Village. With a local tea farmer and chef by your side fire up your wok and transform those raw ingredients into authentic Chinese food. Later drive to the highlight of Hangzhou, the West Lake. It was awarded as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Enjoy the beauty that has attracted numerous literati, who left behind works of literature and poetry to describe the lake. Enjoy a boat trip on the West Lake to see some of the top attractions, such as Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Melting Snow on Broken Bridge, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and so on. Your final stop is the Tea House. Discover the famous Longjing tea, which was granted the status of imperial tea in the Qing dynasty by the Kangxi Emperor. You will have a chance to taste the tea and learn how the farmers produce the tea. You will also find out how to recognize the quality of the Dragon Well tea. After the tour ends you will be taken back to your hotel or Hangzhou train station.

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Private Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

2. Private Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

The day starts with the pick-up at 9:30 AM in Hangzhou city. Start with a 45-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. Move on to Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf. Stroll through a part of the 54-acre (22-hectare) park to see the many varieties, including a peony garden that blooms in April, and stop at Red Carp Pond - a popular spot for viewing fish. Next, you’re driven to Lingyin Temple (translated as ‘Temple of the Soul’s Retreat’), considered one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China. Listen as your guide discusses its pagodas and pavilions and introduces you to some of the 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures on Feilai Peak, which date back to the 10th century. Have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Then experience a culinary adventure in a tea farmer’s house. The most delicious part of your day will be the meal of your choice served family style and you can enjoy the beautiful tea village while eating. Walk along a cobblestone pathway leading to Amanfayun Village, a restored Chinese village dating back hundreds of years and situated in a remote forest of camphor and bamboo.  Continue your tour to Meijiawu Tea Village, situated in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. Learn about the production of Xihu Longjing tea, also known as Dragon Well tea. There are many tea houses in the village, and you will have a chance to taste/try the local tea and get to know how the farmer produce the tea and recognize the quality of the Gragon Well tea. Your final stop is Song Dynasty Imperial Street, walk along this road that leads to the imperial palace of the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960–1127). At around 5:00 PM, you will be taken back to your hotel or Hangzhou railway station.

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Hangzhou: Full-Day Picturesque Tour

3. Hangzhou: Full-Day Picturesque Tour

On this tour, you will visit Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, West Lake and Six Harmonies Pagoda. The local tour operator will reject your booking if you do not inform your hotel name for pick-up at time of booking. Lingyin Temple, whose literal translation means 'Temple of Soul’s Retreat,' is one of the largest Buddhist temples in China and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hangzhou. At Meijiawu Tea Plantation, you will find one of the major production bases of the Dragon Well Tea variety. You will also experience profound local tea culture and local life here. Afterwards, continue on to West Lake formed from a shallow bay during ancient times from the Qiantang River which runs into the sea. It was formerly named Wulin Waters, Golden Buffalo Lake, Qiantang Lake and Xizi Lake. However, as it lies in the west of Hangzhou, it was later named West Lake. A 1-hour boat ride is inclusived after lunch. Six Harmonies Pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture and a major tourist attractions in Hangzhou. It is also one of the best places to appreciate the impressive Qiantang tidal bores. 

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Private tour of serenity and beauty of nature in Hangzhou

4. Private tour of serenity and beauty of nature in Hangzhou

Meet your guide upon pick-up at around 9:30 AM in downtown Hangzhou. Then visit West Lake, which was awarded as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 because it reflects "an ideal fusion of humans and nature." Take a boat cruise to fully experience the serenity and beautiful nature of West Lake. Next visit Guo's Classic Garden, 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.  Enjoy your lunch at a local Chinese restaurant and then experience a culinary adventure in a tea farmer’s house. The most delicious part of your day will be the meal of your choice served family style and enjoy the beautiful tea village while eating. Continue to Meijiawu green tea plantation and village, the origin place of the most famous variety of green tea, Longjing, with beautiful natural scenery. There are many tea houses in the tea village and you will have a chance to sample local tea. You can also learn how the farmer produce the tea. Later, explore Bamboo Lined Path at Yunqi, which is a 1 kilometer stone-paved path that cuts through a dense bamboo forest all the way to Yunqi Valley, which is an ideal and quiet place to get away from the crowds for you to relax. 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. You can see well-preserved old buildings, explore interesting boutiques and shop for unique souvenirs. At around 5:00 PM, when the tour is concluded, you will dropped off again at Hangzhou Train Station or your hotel in Hangzhou.

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What people are saying about Hangzhou

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

The guide was waiting in the lobby on time. With a comfortable car we drove to the West Lake. A tour with a ship on the lake enabled us to see the many treasures. Then we drove to the famous Buddhist temple to admire the caves with the figures cut out of the stone and the big temple area. We received a freshly prepared lunch from a local family in the tea village on a terrace, overlooking the tea plantation, just a few km from the West Lake. then we visited the green tea plantation. We received very interesting informations about green tea. In the late afternoon we visited the traditional old town. It was a really interesting tour. The guide spoke perfect English.

Our guide Tommy showed us many interesting attractions in Hangzhou and shared a great deal of history and information about life in the area. He was open and very helpful!

Super citytour

Amazing guide, very helpful and knowledgeable. Great tour, I can only recommend to all.