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How to Spend 3 Days in Hangzhou

How to Spend 3 Days in Hangzhou

With three days in Hangzhou, there’s plenty of time to experience the highlights, from the scenic sites of West Lake to historic temples and museums, and from tea villages to nearby water towns. Here are a few ways to experience the best of Hangzhou in three days.

 

Day 1: West Lake and Lingyin Temple

Spend your first day exploring the scenic sights of West Lake. Wake up early to watch dawn rise over the Su Causeway, one of the classic “Ten Scenes of West Lake.” Enjoy a boat cruise and make stops at Solitary Hill and Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf to explore Flower Harbor Park and Red Carp Pond. Stop by Leifeng Pagoda for panoramic views over West Lake. Then head to Lingyin Temple, a famous Buddhist temple known for the hundreds of Buddhist statues carved into the hills and inside caves.

 

If the timing works, try and catch the sunset from the eastern shore of West Lake, looking towards Leifeng Pagoda, another one of the classic Ten Scenes. Otherwise, end your first night with a performance of Impressions West Lake, directed by acclaimed director, Zhang Yimou. The musical performance uses West Lake as a stage.

 

Day 2: Museums, Tea Culture, and the Grand Canal

Spend part of your morning at the museum. Depending on your interest, check out the China National Silk Museum or the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Next, stop to smell the flowers at either Hangzhou Botanical Garden or Guo’s Villa and Garden.

 

Head to a nearby tea village, either Meijiawu or Longjing (Dragon Well), for the afternoon. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and learn about tea culture and tea, especially Longjing tea, considered one of the finest in the world. Tea aficionados should also make a stop at the National Tea Museum. End the day on a sunset cruise on the Beijing – Hangzhou Grand Canal, the oldest and longest man-made waterway in the world, and admire the traditional waterfront buildings along the way.

 

Day 3: Six Harmonies Pagoda and a Water Town

Spend your morning exploring the Six Harmonies Pagoda. This 6-sided, 7-story pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture, and it offers great views over the Qiantang River and its tidal bore. Then head over to Qinghefang Ancient Street to shop for souvenirs and a quick snack.

 

Finally, visit a nearby water town, such as Wuzhen, Xitang, or Shaoxing. Depending on the option chosen, take a boat cruise through the town where you might see a fabric workshop, a winery, museums, or check out ancient bridges, pavilions, and gardens. Stay for sunset and dinner in the water town, or head back to Hangzhou where you can shop at a night market, go bar hopping, or enjoy a final night cruise around West Lake.

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Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street

Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street

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Set out on a scenic drive around Hangzhou’s UNESCO-listed landscapes on this private full-day sightseeing tour and enjoy a fully-customizable itinerary. Cruise around the mist-shrouded West Lake, one of China’s most memorable natural wonders, and stroll around the Flower Harbor Park. Visit the famous Lingyin Temple, sample traditional tea at the Meijiawu Tea Village and stop for lunch in a local family home (own expense).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$153.38
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$153.38
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Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

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Explore the picturesque water town of Wuzhen on a full-day guided tour from Hangzhou. See the town’s highlights, including the Sanbai Wine Workshop, built during the Song Dynasty and the only winery that remains in Wuzhen. Visit the Hundred-Bed Museum and learn about indigo dye at Hongyuan Tie Dye; then watch a shadow puppet show with musical accompaniment on traditional Chinese instruments. Wrap up with a scenic (optional) cruise on the river. Your tour includes lunch, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off in downtown Hangzhou.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.26
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Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour

Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour

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See two different sides of history-saturated Hangzhou—and enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance, hosted right on its UNESCO-listed West Lake—with this two-in-one excursion. Following pickup at your hotel, venture first to the historical Hefang Street, where you can spy local landmarks, shop for souvenirs, and more. Then, once evening descends, transfer to the West Lake to see the Enduring Memories of Hangzhou show: a one-of-a-kind performance featuring dancers, light shows, music, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.18
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Hangzhou Tea Culture Experience Tour

Hangzhou Tea Culture Experience Tour

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Well, Hangzhou is home of Longjing tea. Tea is an important contribute to human's life. It is pleasant to see the tea plantation to understand the tea culture: How do people pick up the tea leaves? Why they still use hand to roast the leaves in the pot? Why the first cup they only put a little water to brew the tea? All those questions will be answered by your spot understanding. Authentic, breath-taking view make the tour well worth your trip to Hangzhou. * Discover the beautiful countryside surrounding Hangzhou on a private tour * Hotel pick-up and drop-off, and round-trip vehicle transfer included * Visit the Dragon Well Tea Village, and learn how to pick tea with authentic tools * Stop for a traditional tea house and take part in a tea ceremony
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$52.99
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Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou

Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable round-trip private transfer service from Hangzhou to discover Shaoxing city and its top attractions, such as Former Residence of Lu Xun, Orchid Pavilion, Shenyuan Garden, Keyan Mountain, Cangqiao Street, Baiqiao Garden or other attractions. Shaoxin is the best known for its locally produced rice wine as well as the hometown of Lu Xun. If you wish to visit some local companies or factories for business, you also can utilize this private round-trip transfer service. After your tour or business end, you will be transferred back to Hangzhou.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$93.73
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