Hangzhou Travel Guide

Hangzhou Travel Guide

West Lake
West Lake
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Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and the local political, economic and cultural center. As the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, the city is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, a superior position in the Yangtze Delta and only 112 mi (180 km) from Shanghai.

The subtropical monsoon climate contributes to varied seasonal sceneries, making Hangzhou one of China's most popular travel destinations all the year round.

The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned landmark, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" selected from the most frequently visited attractions around the lake give travelers a panoramic view of the city’s highlights. Take a stroll along the causeway by the lake; you’ll feel the peaceful ethos of the city and better understand its time-honored fame as 'Heaven on Earth'.

Hangzhou has direct and frequent flights with major cities in China and also some international destinations, including Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Bangkok. It is within the fast transport network of east China, and enjoys convenient high-speed rail and highway connection with popular tourist cities in this area, like Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing.


One of the most important parts of traveling is tasting the delicacies. The local dishes are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Many local specialties will be sure to make your visit an exciting experience. It is recommended to try the Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea.
Shopping in the city is convenient. Visitors like to go to Hefang Street. It is one of the most famous and historic streets in the city and reflects the features of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Shoppers can admire the antique buildings while purchasing items from a wide range of local goods such as silk, brocade, tea or maybe a beautiful fan.

At night, the city has much to offer. Teahouses and various kinds of bars are both popular. Choosing one overlooking the West Lake for a pleasant chat over a cup of tea is sure to make you feel totally relaxed and refreshed.
Fast facts and practical tips listed in this section will sure facilitate your travel, business, study or life in the city.

- Last modified on May. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Apple from SINGAPORE | May. 15, 2019 03:52Reply
Does shanghai railway station has speed train to Hangzhou?
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Answered by Marie from USA | May. 15, 2019 19:55

There are only 3 trains depart from Shanghai Railway Station but there are more than 130 trains departing from Shanghai Hongqiao Station to HZ. It is suggested to take train from Hongqiao Station.
Asked by Kristie from SINGAPORE | May. 15, 2019 02:42Reply
How early in advance of my train ticket timing do I have to reach the train station?
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Answered by Tom from USA | May. 15, 2019 19:44

It is better to arrive 1 hour in advance.
Asked by Apple from SINGAPORE | May. 14, 2019 03:55Reply
if i only stay hangzhou days. what is the best place to stay?
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Answered by Joe from USA | May. 14, 2019 19:56

Staying near the West Lake is a good option.
Answered by Apple from SINGAPORE | May. 15, 2019 02:38

thanks so much. can i know do i need to book advance speed train ticket to hangzhou and which are the station i should go?
Answered by Joe from USA | May. 15, 2019 18:26

Yes, it is necessary to book tickets in advance and you can contact them: bookingtravelchinaguide.com

Which city will you departure from? Generally you will reach East Railway Station.
Asked by Michelle Lau from USA | May. 12, 2019 22:08Reply
We will arrive Hangzhou on May 30, 2019 at 6:30 am
And should get the East Train Station in the around 8-830 am. We want to travel from HZ to Suzhou by high speed train. Should we book the tickets in advance? If we do, and Should we missed the reserved time, can we change the ticket to a later time? If yes, do you charge a fee?
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Answered by Jerry from AUSTRALIA | May. 13, 2019 20:38

Yes, it is better to book tickets in advance. If you miss the reserved time, they can change the ticket to a later time for you freely. However, it can be changed only once. In addition, TravelChinaGuide.com provides the online ticket booking service.
Answered by Michelle Lau from USA | May. 14, 2019 06:47

Thank you for your reply. Which form of transportation should we take: the airport shuttle or taxi to East Train Station?
Answered by Jerry from AUSTRALIA | May. 14, 2019 18:42

You can take shuttle bus East Railway Station Line directly and it takes about 1 hour to get.
Asked by Marco Rocha from BRAZIL | May. 08, 2019 09:31Reply
How to get Zhejiang University Zijingang campus by underground, is it possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bill from AUSTRALIA | May. 09, 2019 01:35

Yes, you can take Metro Line 2 to Xialongwei Station. Get out of the Exit C and walk southwest about 1.5km to the hotel.
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