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 Nov. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Joe from LOYOLA | Nov. 02, 2019 04:52Reply
Hi what time does the ticketing office of Hangzhou railway station close?
Hi to anyone who will answer until what time is the ticketing office office open? please help.
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Answered by Manny from THAILAND | Nov. 05, 2019 20:01

Usually, human service counter will be open till the last train.
Asked by Yan from MALAYSIA | Oct. 31, 2019 19:53Reply
I will be staying at Hya Chen intl hotel. Where do i exit at Longxiangqiao station?
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Answered by Jackson from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 01:29

Sorry, I can't locate the position of your hotel on the map.
Asked by Anabil Gayen from INDIA | Oct. 03, 2019 05:22Reply
Want to know bus number from Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University to Grand Canal
How can I go to Grand Canal from Yuquan campus, Zhejiang university? Please suggest me the bus route and number.
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Answered by Linda from ITALY | Oct. 10, 2019 20:02

You can take bus No.79 from Yugu Rd station to Gongchenqiao station, then walk west around 100m to it. It takes around 1 hour with CNY2.
Asked by Rajendra from INDIA | Sep. 30, 2019 06:14Reply
How can i travel from Yuyao to Hangzhou ,do sightseeing and back to Yuyao?
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Answered by Karla from USA | Oct. 08, 2019 02:27

You can take high speed train from Yuyao North Railway station to Hangzhou East Railway station with CNY48.5, and vice verse.
Asked by Efrem from ETHIOPIA | Sep. 30, 2019 00:01Reply
What is the train price from Hangzhou to Yiwu?
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Answered by Mona from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 08, 2019 02:20

You can take high speed train from Hangzhou East Railway station to Yiwu Railway station. The second seat ticket costs CNY50/person.
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