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Best village to visit from Shanghai?

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Best village to visit from Shanghai?

We would like to spend one day in Hangzhou from Shanghai. What would you recommend as the most scenic small village?

Also, could we hire a driver for the day? If so, what would the cost be?

Continued thanks for all the great information we have gotten here.

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1. Re: Best village to visit from Shanghai?

Tongli is popular, but note that the small villages are not necessarily near Hangzhou.

I visited a water town outside of Changzhou that was totally unrestored apart from one rebuilt temple. That was interesting, but may sound better than it is--there is a lot more to do in the towns that are full of tourists and have shops and restaurants.

Hangzhou itself is worth visiting, but is a large city. Still, the West lake area and the temple nearby are very nice.

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2. Re: Best village to visit from Shanghai?

Most scenic small village... how about trying the villages in the Longjing tea hills, in the western part of Hangzhou?

Otherwise, if you want to go out of the city, I would recommend Xitang.

Hiring a vehicle and driver for the day is possible. Cost would depend on where you're going and the time/distance involved.

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