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 Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Bikas from USA | Sep. 22, 2019 19:51Reply
I am traveling to Hangzhou in November for 2 days.
Are there any economical choices for 1 day guided group tour that I can join?
Asked by John from US | Sep. 13, 2019 22:34Reply
How to get from Normal University Cangqian campus to the old Hangzhou University campus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lara from CANADA | Sep. 17, 2019 00:04

Sorry, I'm confused about old Hangzhou University campus you mentioned. What is the detailed address of it?
Asked by Manfred Schreier from GERMANY | Sep. 09, 2019 21:58Reply
I'm a German. Can I use the 72-h-visa-free rule for the following flights:
Direct flight Almaty-Beijing Terminal 2. Stop 36 h. Flight Beijing Terminal 2 to Sydney MU711, but the plane makes a short stop in Hangzhou and continues the flight to Sydney under the same number MU711. The airline said that I must not enter China again in HZ. As the rule of the visa-free staying requires to fly to a 3rd country directly, is this stop in HZ hurting this rule or seen as if I go directly to Sydney?
Answers (1)
Answered by Drake from CANADA | Sep. 10, 2019 18:34

The air company is right. If you stop in Hangzhou, you are not eligible for visa free transit.
Asked by Sylvie Rembert from FRANCE | Jul. 31, 2019 22:18Reply
Hello, I am a french citizen, Is it possible with a 144hours visa to arrive in Hangzhou airport
, visit Hangzhou and leave by shanghai airport.
So it will be a fly ticket : Taipei, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei.
Thank you for the answer.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from USA | Aug. 04, 2019 20:16

If your last destination is not Taipei, then you are eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Sylvia from MALAYSIA | Jul. 30, 2019 21:36Reply
What bus should I take from the airport to Hangzhou Ruiju Hotel (杭州瑞居酒店)?
The hotel address is:
Xiacheng District No.539-4 Feng QiRoad, West Lake District – Hubin Area, China, 310000.

Thank you in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia from USA | Aug. 04, 2019 20:21

You can take shuttle bus Binjiang Line to Jiangling Road Station, then transfer to metro line 1 to Fengqi Road Station (Exit B), and walk west of 600m to your hote. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY24.
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