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Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea Village & Longjing Tea Plantation Day Tour

From $60 per person

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Hangzhou is the land of fish and rice, the home of tea and silk. Just south of Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, Longjing village produces dragonwell tea, one of the finest green teas in China. Enjoy a 6-hour tour that takes you to Longjing where you learn all about this celebrated tea. Your knowledgeable guide takes you to see the China National Tea Museum, Eighteen Imperial Tea Bushes, Meijiawu Tea Village, each place revealing another aspect of this fine tea. You’ll also cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, and purchase lunch at a restaurant run by tea farmers.

Duration: 6-7 Hours

Attractions(Cities):
The hangzhou Westlake(including Boat Ride on Westlake), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, China National Tea Museum, Meijiawu Tea Village(Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea), Longjing Imperial Tea Garden(18 Imperial Tea Bushes)

Pick-up point:
Your Hotel & Hangzhou Train Station

Finishing point:
Your Hotel & Hangzhou Train Station

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

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Cash,Wire,Paypal,WesternUnion, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

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Day 1

  • Place&Transport: Hangzhou
  • Today's Activities: The hangzhou Westlake(including Boat Ride On westlake)), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, China National Tea Museum, Meijiawu Tea Village(Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea), Longjing Imperial Tea Garden(18 Imperial Tea Bushes)
  • Accommondation:
  • Meal: N/A

Our local hangzhou tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Hangzhou or the Hangzhou train station with a welcome sign" Hangzhou Private Tour", then starts the Hangzhou tour as below:

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Our pick up sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"

First, take a boat cruise on the westlake, The Westlake Hangzhou (including boat cruise on westlake): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. On the boat you can see one of theTen Best Views of West Lake--Three Pools Mirroring the Moon.The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.

Later, move to the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond(Huagang Park) , This spot is located at the southern end of Su Causeway. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West Lake here, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in, so it called "Flowery Harbor". This area now has been made into a 22 hectare (54 acre) park with many varieties of trees and flowers, featuring a peony garden and a goldfish pond which is the famous site for viewing fish.

The next stop isChina National Tea Museum: China National Tea Museum is the only national museum with the tea theme as a subject. It locates in Shuangfeng,Longjing Road- the hometown of the Dragon Well Tea - Hangzhou. It is open to public in 1991. It occupies 3.7 hectares and 8,000 square meters construction area. It is a modern museum which includes a lot of parts, such as culture revelation, science publicity, science research, academic communication, tea tasting, leisure, etc. The National Tea Museum is the exhibition center of Chinese tea culture; it is the professional place to collect tea cultural relics and tea materials. It is an important base to go on with tea research and tea culture activities. The most important one is that China National Tea Museum is the cradle to spread the Chinese tea art and culture to the world. The area is serene and relaxing. It is surrounded by groves of tea trees and the area is beautifully manicured. And there is a stream with small bridges running in front of the museum. The museum itself is a comprehensive one and has descriptions in English and Chinese.

Have your Lunch at the restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.( In china, do not go to the tourists's restaurants when you are on a tour. You shold go to the right place to have the meals, then you are in real china ). We give you the meal options as below:

1) Lunch at Local Tea Farmer's Tea House to know the real life of the local people: And we also can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare, cook local delicaies if you want to. You can learn how to cook: Beger's Chicken, Westlake carp in vinegar source (Do not be scared, no bones!!! Aha), Lotus root, bamboo shoot...and other many tasty vegetables )

2) At the local restaurants which are popular with local people, such as Grandma's Kitchen, Green Tea Restaurants...And also fancy ones as well, 28 Hubin Road(Top 50 Best in Asia, Jinsha Restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel. We are the local, we are the sources. We know many excellent restaurants even not listed on Lonely Planet and some other travel guides.

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Meijiawu has long been well known for its Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea tradition. It is a good place to understand the brilliant past and equally bright future of tea in China. Taking tea dates back to several centuries before the birth of Jesus! In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), people considered tea to a medicine for curing ailments. But drinking tea as a social function or leisure or cultural purposes date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Drinking tea in China was quite popular around 760 AD. Meijiawu Village in particular is famous for its history of offering exquisite tea. This beautiful village will make you to feel the pleasure of a perfect cup of tea, our guide will show you how to pick the tea leaves, how to fry the tea leaves and how to drink the tea. 

At last, move to the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden(18 Imperial Tea Bushes):Longjing tea was granted the status of Gong Cha, or Imperial tea, in Qing Dynasty by Chinese emperor Kangxi. According to the legend, Kangxi's grandson Qianlong visited West Lake during one of his famous holidays. He went to the Hu Gong Temple under the Lion Peak Mountain (Shi Feng Shan) and was presented with a cup of Longjing tea. In front of the Hu Gong Temple were 18 tea bushes. Emperor Qianlong was so impressed by the Longjing tea produced here that he conferred these 18 tea bushes special imperial status. The trees are still living and the tea they produce is auctioned annually for more money per gram than gold.

Drive back to your hotel or the Hangzhou Train Station and your tour ends. 

This Hangzhou Tea Culture Tour has been popular with our many clients:
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Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide


Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Maria
Reviewed 13 February 2019
An amazing tea tour in hangzhou with Nancy

An amazing experience from start! Our tour guide Nancy was wonderful and very helpful. We got to see a lot of things during the day. Started with a boat ride on westlake, then the Guo's villa, lunch at a tea farmer's house, dragon well tea village and the imperial tea garden...Since we are tea fans, we really enjoyed the day with Nancy. Thanks for letting us experience a fantasic day that we will carry with us a long time! Best regards Maria

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Geoff
Reviewed 10 February 2019
Bonnie is a tea guru!Highly recommend Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea Day Tour

Big accolades to Bonnie and her vibrant and enthusiastic personality! She was our tour guide for the dragon well tea village and lake tour, nobody could have done better! We had such a blast and really enjoyed spending the day together. Everything was very well organized and never rushed. She has pristine knowledge of her home city and its history. Most of all, it was like spending the day with a good friend you hadn't seen in ages! She is such a great personality I highly recommend getting a tour with her if you are social and fun!

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Cickert
Reviewed 17 January 2019
A fantastic Day tour of Hangzhou tea culture with David

am so thankful for all the positive reviews about this tour. I am about to give another thumbs up review for this tour. We are a family of 4 with a 9 year old and a 77 year old elderly. We decided to get a private tour because we felt it was easier to manage in terms of time and places to visit. This was the best decision we made. Our guide, David and the driver, Mr Zhang was so patient with us. David is very knowledgeable and speaks fluent English. Mr Zhang is a very skillful driver. His car was so clean and comfortable.

Our day started with a pick up from our hotel. It was snowing on the day of our tour and David reminded us to bring enough clothing to keep us warm. We headed to West Lake and we were away from the huge crowd which was great. My son had his chance to play with snow and we had so many beautiful photo opportunities of the lake (recommended by David). We went on the river cruise on the lake and David shared so many interesting facts about the beautiful structures built around the lake.

After that we proceeded to the tea farmer's house for lunch. We found the food home cooked and my son (a picky eater) loved the chicken dish. We all generally enjoyed the meal. The price of the meal was average, I feel. We can always find cheaper food or more expensive food elsewhere but we thought of it as a contribution of the tea farmer community. We were happy with David's recommendation. We had a dining room facing the tea plantation which is not something we see everyday.

After lunch, we proceeded to a place to try Long Qing tea. Our guide gave us some very interesting information about the Long Qing tea. The tea tasting was lovely (especially after lunch on a cold snowy day). The lady explained a lot about Long Qing tea, how to brew it and its benefits. They were very clear about their products and pricing but were not pushy. There was a souvenier shop which sold snacks made from Long Qing tea. My son loved the Long Qing Mochi there. After that, we went to see the Long Qing well and headed back to a shopping street called Qinghefang Old Street. After shopping, we were sent back to our hotel and that was the end of our wonderful day trip in Hangzhou. We left Hangzhou with fond memories and David and Mr Zhang was definitely a part of those wonderful memories. I would recommend this tour for any family who wants their own tour as it gives you time to explore at your own pace. Booking a tour with them was very easy and seamless. They responded very fast and were spot on with my queries. This was a wonderful experience from start till end. Thumbs up!!

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Ellie
Reviewed 10 August 2018
Hangzhou private tour to Westlake and Dragon Well Tea Village with Bonnie

Overall was a great tour day for me as someone that really loves to drink tea. Bonnie and the driver came to hotel to pick me up in the morning and from the start Bonnie was quite warm and friendly. Bonnie is local from Hangzhou, so throughout the day she shared many facts and history about Hangzhou and longjing tea.
Of course it costs a bit more for a private vs a group tour, but i really enjoyed how it was more personal to what i wanted to see. You don't get the usual "hard sell" and brought to the pre-arranged places where they try to sell to you....to make up for the cheaper group tour costs (this is based on other group tours i've taken in the past).
The only time i was really sold anything was at the tea village (cultural tea center i think), but this was ok for me since I intended to buy tea anyways and the tea sample i got there tasted pretty good.

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Jake
Reviewed 10 August 2018
Hangzhou Tea Plantation with tour guide David

Fantastic hangzhou tea culture day tour thanks to David. There were a lot of negative things that I'm not gonna go into but, once we got to Hangzhou @12:30PM, it got better. Very simple lunch but everything we had were good. It was a miserable day because of the traffic and the rain. Our tour guide David was awesome. We got to Hangzhou later than usual for this tour but he never rush us. We got longjing tea that we wanted. We would love to go back to Hangzhou again. We'll make sure to stay there for more than a day next time..

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Tarje
Reviewed 10 August 2018
A very interesting and educational Hangzhou Tea Culture Tour

We had mostly a great day, visiting the lake, tea village and tea museum, lunch at a tea farmer's house,testing the best green tea in china. Our guide, Bonnie was extremely knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, and was very informative answering lots of questions.Bonnie was very knowledgeable about the Longjing Tea Planation. It was very informative, the tea was delicious and many of us bought some to take home. A great day in Hangzhou for tea culture!

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