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Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

1. Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

You can either make your own way to the meeting point or be collected at your accommodation. Board the bus and leave Shanghai. Head to the oldest and most well-protected water village in China.  Located 16 miles west of downtown Shanghai, Zhujiajiao water village is 400 years old and is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Discover the picturesque canals and rivers and admire the large Dian Shan Lake. Take the opportunity to go shopping, take a stroll, and explore this beautiful village. Try some local street food and be amazed by the tastes. You can even practice your bargaining skills at the local shops. After spending three hours taking in the local culture, you will return to downtown Shanghai for approximately 6:30 PM.

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Hangzhou: Private Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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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From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

5. From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, Hangzhou is one of the leading tourist destinations in all of China. It is a city rich with history and was once the capital of China in the 12th Century. After a 3-hour drive, you will first cruise across the West Lake to view unforgettable scenery such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai Causeway and Solitary Hill. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you will visit Guo’s Villa, one of the best traditional private gardens in the city. Hangzhou is also famous for its Dragon Well tea and you can discover the history of Chinese tea and the traditional tea ceremony on a visit to the Meijiawu Tea Village. Before returning to Shanghai, you will enjoy a drive along the Qiantang River where you can view the Liuhe Pagoda, also known as the Six Harmonies Pagoda. On this tour, you can immerse yourself in the history of Shanghai with the assistance of your own personal guide.

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Shanghai Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Tour

6. Shanghai Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the cruise port, and then explore Shanghai with a private guide and driver. Marvel at the historic buildings of The Bund along the banks of the Huangpu River. Get sweeping views of both sides of the river before making your way to Yu Yuan Garden. Located by the City God Temple in the Old City, the traditional garden was built during the Ming Dynasty and features dozens of monuments, pagoda temples and water features. See an old Shanghai street from the Qing Dynasty and more. Continue to the former French Concession and explore the charming neighborhood established when the city was a French settlement. Next, visit the 400-year-old Zhujiajiao Water Town to see why its' often referred to as the Venice of the Orient. Enjoy lunch in a famous Chinese restaurant, and then take a boat ride to get a sense of traditional life in southern China. Stroll the old alleyways to see more buildings and bridges, and get some time to shop before the drive back to Shanghai.

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Full-Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour and Huangpu River Cruise

7. Full-Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour and Huangpu River Cruise

This 9-hour combination tour begins at around 12:00 PM with a pick-up at your hotel. Drive to visit the Zhujiajiao Water Town, one of Shanghai’s 4 ancient villages, with a history spanning over 1,700 years. This small, fan-shaped village glimmers like a bright pearl, surrounded by a landscape of lakes and mountains. Ancient bridges cross bubbling streams and small rivers are shaded by willow trees – next to the vast metropolis of modern Shanghai. Drive back to Shanghai and visit the Shanghai Silk Museum. Afterwards, board the Shanghai Night-View Luxury Cruise to marvel at the illuminated city skyline and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. 

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Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

8. Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

Following pick-up from your hotel or the port in Shanghai at 10:00, journey for approximately 1-hour to the 400-year old water village of Zhujiajiao on the city's outskirts. Experience the "Venice of the Orient" up close with the help of your personal driver/guide. Climb aboard a boat to ride the waterways much like the residents would have done in years gone by. Take photographs of the village as you drift past historic buildings and houses. Then, take a walk along the old alleyways for even closer looks at the buildings and bridges, such as the 300-year old, Ming-era Fangsheng Bridge. Get recommendation on local restaurants to enjoy lunch at your own expense, or feel free to bring your own snacks to eat in a picturesque area.  Continue after lunch with a visit to some of the local shops in the afternoon. Bargain for good deals if you want to find souvenirs, experience everyday life or just have some fun! Then, journey back to Shanghai and get dropped off at your hotel or at the port.

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Real Shanghai: Zhujiajiao and Downtown 3-Day Tour

9. Real Shanghai: Zhujiajiao and Downtown 3-Day Tour

Day 1  From Shanghai airport or railway station, you will be greeted by your driver and transported to hotel for a short break. After a light lunch chosen on your own preference, head out beyond downtown Shanghai for Zhujiajiao Water Town. In this well preserved town, you will have chance to wander under shady trees, sampling various bridges. One remarkable experience in the town would be the silk making in the Silk Museum.   As the evening closes in, back to downtown Shanghai, hop on a night cruise. As the cruise slides over Huangpu River, enjoy dinner while appreciating the dazzling skyline of vibrant Shanghai. Once you land ashore, you will be transported back to your hotel for a sound night rest. Day 2  Today you will spend a full day exploring the past and modern Shanghai. At 8:00 AM, meet your guide at your hotel and make way to part of old Shanghai. You will visit Shanghai Old Street. Historical structures and delicate handcraft shops are well worth browsing. Afterward, in Yuyuan Garden, spectacles are never short of, from pavilions, bridges, ponds, to a cup of Chinese tea at a traditional teahouse. Then you will be on the Bund, a waterfront with colonial characteristics long Huangpu River. Stories behind modern roaming Shanghai can be found from every corner here.   Refreshed over a Chinese lunch, head into Lujiazui where you will get an overview of Shanghai’s history in the Shanghai Museum. Later in old French Concession, enthusiasts of history or shopping will both have chance to search and enjoy. At 5:00 PM, the day tour will end and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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From Shanghai: Zhujiajiao Canal Sunset Cruise with Tea

10. From Shanghai: Zhujiajiao Canal Sunset Cruise with Tea

Explore over 1,700 years of rich culture and history on a canal boat cruise in Zhujiajiao, also known as the "Pearl Stream." On the Caogang River's banks, stop to taste a set menu of traditional Chinese tea and snacks at Jiangnan No.1 Tea House with the bright colors of the sunset as your backdrop. Discover this charming water village in true local style: On a boat cruise along its tranquil waters. Marvel at the ancient houses along the river banks, historic bridges, and weeping willow trees. Enjoy a delicious, traditional tea and snack stop at the Jiangnan No.1 Tea House, overlooking the calm river waters shimmering under the sunset's vibrant colors.

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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.

the trip was value for money . notice that it is outside of the city if you plan to be close to the city. the trip with the boat is short just to take some good pictures. our guide Roy was very well educated friendly and spoke the English language pretty well .also he helped us for general info except the standard trip schedule infos such us providing us infoa for the nightlife etc..our day was a holiday day so consider that for the heavy traffic

We were really lucky because we had a private tour with our amazing guide Grace to Hangzhou. Although the weather wasn't that good Grace made our tour a great experience for us. The West Lake where we had a 45 minute boat ride was beautiful. The lunch at a local restaurant was the best we had in and around Shanghai. It is a long drive to Hangzhou but totally worth it!

Very good service and excellent English speaking driver with a lot of local knowledge.

great opportunity to learn about unique chinese southern culture