Things to do in Shanghai

Private day trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai

  • 12 hours in total

  • Lunch, transport included

  • Pick up at your hotel

What To Expect

Enjoy your private convenient transportation from your Shanghai hotel to the train station by car, and then take a bullet train for an hour and half to Hangzhou. Meet your guide at the station, and then depart for West Lake, the most prominent symbol of the city. This gorgeous lake, surrounded by traditional Chinese gardens and architecture, has inspired the relationship between humanity and nature in the design of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean gardens over many centuries.

After having lunch at a local restaurant, your guide takes you to Lingyin Temple, the most famous temple in the city, literally translated to mean "Temple of the Soul's Retreat." It's one of the biggest Buddhist temples in China and features many pagodas, Buddhist grottoes, and religious rock carvings presented in a gorgeous natural setting. After spending time at the temple, your driver returns you to the train station, zip back to Shanghai, and take a taxi back to your hotel.

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  • 08:00 am: Pick up from your hotel in central Shanghai and transfer to the train station by car. Enjoy a 1.5-hour bullet train ride to Hangzhou.
  • Meet your guide at the train station and depart for the West Lake, the most prominent symbol of the city.
  • Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit the Lingyin Temple (also known as the Temple of Soul's Retreat), the most famous ancient temple in the city and is one of the biggest Buddhist temples of China.
  • Spend some time exploring the temple and its surroundings before transferring back to the train station with your driver.
  • Take the bullet train back to Shanghai and then return to your hotel by car.

What's included

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in central Shanghai
  • Private air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced English-speaking guide in Hangzhou
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Round-trip bullet train ticket

What's not included

  • Other personal expenses
  • Other food and drinks
  • Tips
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Plan your trip

Children under 3 are free of charge.
Private tour
  • Customize itinerary to suit your preference
  • Request now, pay later
  • Direct chat with local guide before the trip
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
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US$300 per person

Still have question?

How do I book on Inspitrip?

For most experiences on Inspitrip, there are two options: Small Group and Private tour. For both options, you can chat with your local guide and other people in your group even before the trip takes place.
  • Small group tour: operates with a maximum number of people. If you like to make new friends, this is a great option. You would pay for the trip to confirm your slot, then join a chat group with your local guide as well as fellow travel buddies, everything would be on Inspitrip. Get to know them!
  • Private tour: maximize your privacy and allows you to freely customize the itinerary. First, request to communicate any specific needs you may have, wait a couple minutes for these requests to be confirmed, and then you can proceed to payment.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

Cancellation is free if you cancel up to 48 hours before the trip date. We believe that this is the fairest way to ensure that both our travelers and local guides are happy.

Does the Small Group option still operate if there are less than the maximum number of people signed up?

Yes, even if you are the only person who signs up for the trip on a given date, the tour will still take place.

My question is not listed here. What should I do?

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