Hangzhou Travel Guide
Zhejiang Province | Population: 10,018,000
The city of Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang Province in China was always a popular spot for foreign visitors. The city has been described by the world explorer Marco Polo in his chronicles as the finest city in the world. Being the site of the West Lake Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site has made the city one of the very popular tourist destinations in the Far East. This area is the epitome of classic Chinese gardens with a superb mix of natural beauty and manmade temples, bridges, and pavilions, some of which are ancient.
Another reason why Hangzhou City has gained popularity as a tourist site is because it has a well-organized infrastructure, an educated and cultured population, recreational facilities, markets, shopping malls, and more. The city came further into the limelight when it was declared one of the venues for the 2022 Asian Games.
Hangzhou City is a charming mix of the old and the new. It was the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century. Even in those days, it was a booming urban area with an approximate population of one million. Its proximity to the West Lake made it a popular spot for visitors and consequently the city developed into a commercial and business hub as well. Later, the trading channels shifted base from Hangzhou to Shanghai, but the city has still retained its status as a popular spot for tourism.
The West Lake Scenic Spot takes one back to ancient times with the spectacularly reconstructed Leifeng Pagoda. The original pagoda was established in 975 AD. When this was destroyed an exact replica was reconstructed in its place. Hangzhou City is surrounded by small water towns and tea plantations that still maintain their old-world charm and form a part of the city’s tourist circuit.
Where To Stay
Hangzhou City is an urban area with well-developed tourism and hospitality sectors. To provide adequate accommodation for a large number of domestic and overseas tourists that visit the city, there are countless star-rated luxury hotels, low-priced hotels, inns, guesthouses, service-apartments, and youth hostels. The rooms in a majority of the places are clean. The ambience, décor, and amenities depend on the star-rating.
The 4 and 5-star hotels provide in-house restaurants serving International gourmet meals, 24x7 coffee shops, airport shuttle service, in-room dining, customized sightseeing tours, swimming pools, spa treatments, recreational facilities, and more. The staff in the cheaper places may not necessarily understand the English language so it is best to carry an English-Chinese dictionary or download a voice-based translation app.
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The West Lake Scenic Area is the highlight of Hangzhou City. The West Lake spot consists of several smaller scenic areas like Guo’s Villa, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Su Causeway, Fish & Lotus Pond, Leifeng Pagoda, etc. The lake is so vast that there are many picturesque islands in its waters, classic Chinese bridges, moats, flowering gardens, ancient trees, and more.
The Broken Bridge is a photographer’s delight in the West Lake Area. There are benches near the bridge so that people can either just sit and admire the picturesque sight or can walk along the promenade and click pictures that will bring back memories of a pleasurable holiday.
There is a ferry service that takes visitors all around the lake so one can spend a wonderful day exploring all its treasures. Visitors also opt for the boat ride of gondola ride around the lake. This scenic spot also has teahouses and other facilities for the comfort of visitors.
Other scenic spots near West Lake include the Lesser Yingzhou Isle (also called Three Pools Mirroring the Moon), Mid-Lake Pavilion, Lord Ruan's Mound, Hubin Park, Bai Causeway, Solidary Hill & Zhongshan Park, Yang Causeway, King Qian's Memorial, Zhejiang Museum, Zhejiang West Lake Gallery, etc.
Another area in Hangzhou City that is very popular with tourists is the Wushan Square which lies very close to the West Lake. This is the best spot to buy souvenirs, to try out the local tea or snacks, or to just ramble along the old-style typically-Chinese marketplaces. It will be worthwhile keeping a day free to visit the Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea Fields on the outskirts of Hangzhou.
After Leifeng Pagoda, the Jingci Temple is the second more important temple in Hangzhou City. It is located very close to the West Lake area. The highlights of this temple are the 100Kgs copper bell and the Lotus Sutra with 68,000 carvings. Another attraction that is worth visiting is the Lingyin Temple.
Mausoleum of General Yue Fei
The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei (Yuewang Temple) was built to honor General Yue Fei of the Song Dynasty. He was a po...Read More
Baoshi Shan (Baoshi Hill)
Located in the north of the West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou, China the Baoshi Shan (Precious Stone Hill) has magnific...Read More
Qiandao Hu (Thousand Island Lake)
The lake in Zhejiang Province is one of three lakes in the world with the same name. Qiandao Hu is the biggest artifi...Read More
Red Carp Pond
Considered to be one of the 10 best sites in the West Lake Scenic Area of Hangzhou, China, the Red Carp Pond (in Flow...Read More
Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
To see the best examples of porcelain and pottery from the Song Dynasty era the Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museu...Read More
Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum
Considered the king of traditional Chinese medicine in the Yangtze River area, Hu Xueyan had had established a pharma...Read More
Solitary Hill (Gu Shan)
When you want the best panoramic view of the West Lake scenic area in Zhejiang Province, China then there is nothing ...Read More
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Hangzhou entices visitors, in great part, by the legendary gorgeousness of its West Lake, or Xi Hu as it locally call...Read More
Longjing Tea Plantation
Longjing Tea Plantation can be found on the West Lake’s west side. The Longjing Village is surrounded by the mountain...Read More
Liuhe Pagoda faces Qiangtang River and lies on the southern side of the West Lake. It was initially built in 970AD an...Read More
Towards the northwest, at a distance of around 5 kms from West Lake, sits Lingyin Temple. It is a significant place o...Read More
Impression West Lake
The impression is an outdoor live performance occurring throughout the year on West Lake stage. It is a genuine eveni...Read More
Xixi National Wetland Park
Based within city limits, the National Wetland Park of Xixi is only 5 kms apart from Xi Hu (West) Lake in the provinc...Read More
Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies
Considered the most picturesque natural landscapes in China, the Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies is located in the H...Read More
China National Tea Museum
Situated in Hangzhou, China the China National Tea Museum was established in 1991. Covering a vast area of 2,000 squa...Read More
Built during the Qing Dynasty, the Guo's Villa or Guo Zhuang is a well-preserved ancient private residence in Hangzho...Read More
Flower Harbor (Hua Gang)
Spread over an area of 21 hectares, the Flower Harbor (Hua Gang) is a well-designed scenic area. It contains the famo...Read More
The Feilai Feng are ancient caves located in the famous West Lake region of Hangzhou, China. This tourist attraction ...Read More
Tiger Running Dream Spring
The locals say that once you have tasted the Longjing Tea made with the waters of the Tiger Running Dream Spring (Hup...Read More
Autumn Moon Over the Peaceful Lake Pavilion
The 6,000 square meters expanse of the Autumn Moon Over the Peaceful Lake Pavilion is considered a very romantic site...Read More
Folk Customs Exhibition Hall (Yanguan)
The Folk Customs Exhibition Hall (Yanguan) is a one of the unique cultural tourist attractions in Hangzhou district, ...Read More
Yanguan Ancient Town (Haining)
The town of Haining near Hangzhou, China is better known for its International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Fes...Read More
Jade Emperor Hill
The 240 meters tall Jade Emperor Hill in Hangzhou, China is blessed with the most spectacular surroundings. It has th...Read More
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Built in 1661, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located in downtown Hangzhou, China. With it...Read More
China Academy of Art
Established in 1928, the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou is a premier academy that has advanced programs in art. Collo...Read More
Zhan'ao Pagoda (Yanguan)
The Zhan’ao Pagoda is part of the Haining Tidal Wave Watching Park, Hangzhou, China. This popular tourist attraction ...Read More
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon
The islet “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” is the most scenic and mystical spot of the West Lake Scenic Area. The ent...Read More
Xiling Seal Society
The largest contribution towards preserving the ancient art of making seals has been that of the Xiling Seal Society ...Read More
The Su Causeway is a beautiful landscaped area in Hangzhou, China. It is designed like an ornamental garden that make...Read More
Leifeng Pagoda was initially built in 975 AD at the request of Wuyue Kingdom’s King who wanted to celebrate that Huan...Read More
Laodong Lu (Laodong Road)
Laodong Lu (Laodong Road) is a unique street in Hangzhou, China where you will find art enthusiasts and artists. It i...Read More
Tide Watching Pavilion (Yanguan)
Yanguan Tidal Wave Watching Pavilion, Hangzhou, China is one of the three best vantage points to see tidal waves. The...Read More
Former Residence of Hu Xueyan
The Former Residence of Hu Xueyan is the home of Hu Xueyan, a celebrated businessman of China who lived during the Qi...Read More
China National Silk Museum
Located near the West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou, China is the China National Silk Museum. The museum is divided into...Read More
Yanguan Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple)
Situated in the Yanguan Tidal Wave Watching Area, the Yanguan Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple) is a luxurious pavili...Read More
Hangzhou Railway Station
Also referred to as City Station (Chengzhan) by the locals, Hanghzou Railway Station is more centrally located than Hangzhou East, and serves both high and low speed trains. Although an older station, it can sometimes be more convenient to travel here due the location. It also connects with Line 1 of Hangzhou Metro.
Hangzhou East Railway Station
One of the biggest high-speed railway stations in China, Hangzhou East is an enormous modern station which is easy to navigate. It operates as a hub for high-speed trains travelling to Pearl River Delta, as Shanghai can be reached in less than 50 minutes. It is connected to Metro Lines 1 & 4.
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Located in the capital of Zhejiang, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International is the 10th busiest Chinese airport, with three terminals and efficient systems. It has ties to all of China. Internationally it mainly serves Southeast Asia and East with scant connections to other regions. All major Chinese airlines stop at Hangzhou. The distance of 27 kms to downtown is facilitated by shuttle buses at cost of RMB20 (the bus terminal is located in departures area) and taxis.
See the below table for an overview of Hangzhou's weather
|Average High (C)||8.3||10.3||14.8||21.1||26.3||29.1||33.6||32.8||28.2||23.2||17.3||11.3|
|Average Low (C)||1.8||3.5||7.0||12.4||1.3||21.4||25.2||24.9||20.9||15.4||9.3||3.7|