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3 Days Hangzhou Highlights Tour with Qiandao Lake)

Best Hangzhou Nature & Culture with Thousand Island Lake

What are there in Hangzhou besides West Lake?

A LOT! Verdant tea plantation, ancient streets and temples, and so forth. No omitting the fascinating Qiandao Lake! This 3 days Hangzhou itinerary takes you to explore all those best nature and culture treasures of Hangzhou like a paradise to know how happy and enviable citizens there are. Besides, you will have one day at Qiandao Lake to enjoy the awesome landscape with more than one thousand various emerald islets dotted on the mirror-like azure lake from diverse angles on the cruise and the peak, so precious in the whole world for your utmost visual pleasure! Take the tour to start your Hangzhou vacation with sightseeing and fun! Our all-inclusive package covering professional tour planning ideas, local guide introduction, a non-smoking comfortable licensed private car with an experienced driver, etc. will help you get under the skin of best sceneries and activities favored by locals in Hangzhou and catch the most beautiful landscapes of Qiandao Lake from the best angle. Feel free to enquire for the best price to discovery your own beautiful Hangzhou!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HQLT-03
  • Price : from request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Culture / History
  • Physical Demands :


  • Appreciate the well-known elegant and poetic beauty of Hangzhou No.1 scenery - West Lake by boating around and walking by its romantic pavilions, bridges, gardens, parks, pagodas, etc.;
  • Travel around peaceful Qiandao Lake on the sightseeing cruise and catch the fabulous panorama of hundreds of emerald islets from the best place from Huangshanjian;
  • Have a look at well-preserved old Hangzhou from 2nd century to 19th century with a classic discovery to Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Hefang Street and Hu Qing Yu Tang traditional medicine museum.
  • Feel the vitality and quietness of Hangzhou with an interesting stroll among the perfectly manicured verdant Dragon Well tea fields and refresh your eyes with surrounding green;
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival, Hangzhou & Transfer to Qiandao Lake (L)

Today’s highlights: Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, Hefang Street, Hu Qing Yu Tang

Welcome to Hangzhou! Your local travel guide and driver will meet you at Hangzhou airport / train station or your hotel and escort you to start today’s Hangzhou exploration! (Note: the number and order of attractions can be adjusted based on your schedule and interests.)

First, go to Feilai Peak (Peak Flying from Afar), which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in over 300 Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. With over 1,000 years, it is the precious fresco treasure in the whole regions south of the Yangtze River. Continue to the adjacent Lingyin Temple of nearly 1,700 year, which is the oldest and one of the most popular temples in Hangzhou. Hidden in the luxurious forest, it offers a charming and peaceful landscape mixed with the strong Buddhist atmosphere among the large scaled of magnificent and antique temple clusters.

Then, drive uphill to Meijiawu Tea Village, a refreshing wonderland surrounded by mountains with a large area of emerald Dragon Well tea plantations in neat lines and curves. Walk among the tea plantations with fun and take beautiful photos (Optional activity: you can pay a visit to the local tea grower’s family and experience picking tea leaves, watching stir-drying tea leaves, enjoying tea ceremony, tasting Dragon Well tea, etc., which needs extra payment.).

After that, enjoy a nice historical walk at Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian street to see the typical old and prosperous Hangzhou in South Song era. Stroll to admire the ornate old styled Chinese architectures, interesting local handicrafts, delicious snacks, etc. Then, walk to the century-old Chinese pharmacy on the street - Hu Qing Yu Tang, which is also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum and was built by Xueyan Hu, a famous merchant in late Qing dynasty. Many locals still visit senior doctors there for treatment today. Marvel at the magic of traditional Chinese medicine by looking at the countless traditional Chinese medicines and herbs, various traditional tools and watch the live processing of medicines.

After the visiting, be escorted for about 2-2.5 hours to your hotel around Qiandao Lake for accommodation! Have a good sleep!

  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Meijiawu Longjing Tea Plantation in Spring Meijiawu Longjing Tea Plantation in Spring
  • Hefang Street Hefang Street
  • Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
  • Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Our customers Lawson's Family from UK visited Meijiawu Tea Plantation in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China in October, 2019.
  • CD-TX-99544 Our customers Geoffrey from UK Visited Yubeng Ice Lake in Deqin, Yunnan, China in August, 2021.

Day 2 Qiandao Lake (B, L)

Today’s highlights: Qiandao Lake (Southeast Lake Scenic Area: Huangshanjian, Tianchi Islet, Mishan Islet)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will escort you from the hotel to have a wonderful exploration of Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake China), which is actually the Xinan River reservoir with 1,078 islets coming up from the water and one of the top favored dreamy waterscape sites in China.

Take a sightseeing cruise around the beautiful Southeast Lake Scenic Area, which is the essence of nature at Qiandao Lake with verdant forests and lovely water. Immerse into the dotted various little green islets passing by and the ripples on the clear peaceful lake. Following the 5-6 hours’ cruise route, you will make stops at Huangshanjian, Tianchi Islet and Mishan Islet to enjoy more different sightseeing and fun.

Huangshanjian: with about 260 meters above sea, it is the best place to have a bird eye view of the fabulous Qiandao Lake. Take the cable car up to the viewing deck to admire the awesome spectacle of all the more than 90 islets displaying like strings of green diamonds on the smooth blue silk under clear sky backdrop. Besides, you can find it also like a Chinese character of “公 (community)”.

Tianchi Islet: also called Baoshi Hill, it is featured with picturesque scenery and fresh air. Walk on the islet to find the 7 heavenly lakes from South Song dynasty and enjoy hundreds of diverse fishes swimming in and jumping to be fed. Also, you will find the enormous chessboard and encounter nice waterfalls, ravine, seasonal flowers, traditional agricultural tools, etc. to get great mood and make your visit interesting.

Mishan Islet: this islet is full of Chinese Buddhist cultural peace. It is where the nationally famous story happened, which said that “the three monks had no water to drink since no one was willing to collect it from the well”. Enjoy some simple hike on the verdant hill to appreciate the ancient temple halls, Buddha statues, antique pavilions, courtyards, pagodas, etc. to feel the quiet Buddhist atmosphere combining with peaceful lake view.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort you back to Hangzhou. Have a good sleep!

(Note: lunch of today will be arranged on the sightseeing cruise or at a local restaurant on the islet of Qiandao Lake, which is relatively simpler than that at Hangzhou downtown.)

  • Qiandao Lake Full View from Huangshanjian Qiandao Lake Full View from Huangshanjian
  • Qiandao Lake Tianchi Islet Sightseeing Qiandao Lake Tianchi Islet Sightseeing
  • Tranquil Mishan Temple on Mishan Islet at Qiandao Lake Tranquil Mishan Temple on Mishan Islet at Qiandao Lake

Day 3 Hangzhou & Hangzhou Departure (B, L)

Today’s highlights: West Lake

Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet at your hotel and then escort you to make the symbolic visit to the picturesque West Lake, which is the iconic site of Hangzhou and a pretty UNESCO World Heritage. Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo did and wrote: “A voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and pleasure than any other experience on earth”, you will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens including visit to the beautiful Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon. After the cruise, stroll or take a sightseeing vehicle leisurely around to pass the famous Su Causeway, Bai Causeway, Broken Bridge, Gushan Hill, parks of Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Orioles Singing in the Willows, etc. (As the lake is too large, you can take the sightseeing vehicle at any place on the route to save energy. The fee is included.)

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort you to Hangzhou airport / train station to catch your flight / train to your next destination or home! Tour ends!

  • West Lake Spring West Lake Spring
  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience

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The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Transfer between Hangzhou and Qiandao Lake as listed in the itinerary.
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
  • Leisure cruise and sightseeing vehicle at West Lake listed in the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing cruise at Qiandao Lake listed in the itinerary.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to/off Hangzhou not listed in the itinerary (We can book the domestic flights or trains for you);
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Optional activities listed in the itinerary: local tea grower family visiting and Enduring Memories of Hangzhou night show.

Check What our Customers Say...

Dear Jack,

I have tried to leave the following review with tripadvisor several times now but somehow it is not accepted, I do not know why.

"Just back from our 9-day trip to Yunnan, long planned and waited for. It was our second time with China Discovery Tours. Once again they tailored the tour according to our ideas and interests - and succeeded in surprising us! Thanks to the local guides we learned a lot about history, traditions and customs, and, of course, food. We always felt in safe hands and the organization was just perfect with enough on spot flexibility. Big thanks to Jack who figured it all out so well and to the next time with China Discovery! Johannes (GER) & Elizabeth (GRC)"

Thanks again for an excellent trip, best regards, Johannes&Elizabeth

Johannes - 2023.3.20‚ Germany, March 20, 2023

Hi Jack!

It's was great, we loved it! Our tour guide Frank was very kind, informative, and funny :) We loved how easy it was and how much we got to see in a day, I will definitely recommend to our friends!

Ashton - 2023.3.16‚ USA, March 16, 2023

Hi Jack,

we will be happy to when we get back to Shanghai It was a great trip and Kevin was a wonderful guide!


Lisa - 2023.02.20‚ USA, February 20, 2023

Hi Jack,

Absolutely fantastic trip. We enjoyed every moment and the guides were all really good.

I might only have one more year in China and I would like to see more. I believe that the best way for me is smaller trips leaving Thursday evening and returning Sunday.


Soren - 2023.02.20‚ Denmark, February 20, 2023

Hi Jack,

Thank for our trip. Well organised. Driver & guide were super ! We have been lucky to have a sunny weather and the lantern festival! And not toooooo cold, only if you compare to the week before !


Helene - 2023.02.07‚ France, February 7, 2023
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  • Lingyin Temple Lingyin Temple
  • Meijiawu Longjing Tea Plantation in Spring Meijiawu Longjing Tea Plantation in Spring
  • Hefang Street Hefang Street
  • Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
  • Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Lawson Family from UK - Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
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  • Qiandao Lake Full View from Huangshanjian Qiandao Lake Full View from Huangshanjian
  • Qiandao Lake Tianchi Islet Sightseeing Qiandao Lake Tianchi Islet Sightseeing
  • Tranquil Mishan Temple on Mishan Islet at Qiandao Lake Tranquil Mishan Temple on Mishan Islet at Qiandao Lake
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  • West Lake Boating Experience West Lake Boating Experience

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