Hangzhou Travel Guide

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Hangzhou Travel Guide

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.

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.

Dongpo Pork
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.

Qinghefang Street
Shopping in the city is convenient. Visitors like to go to Qinghefang 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.

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- Last updated on Feb. 28, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Jo | Jan. 08, 2024 06:36Reply
Late arrival at Hangzhou airport
Hoping for advice. Will be arriving late Hangzhou international airport at 10pm. Going to catch a train to Suzhou the next day. Don't speak Mandarin. What should I do? Stay overnight at nearby airport hotels, then go back to airport and take metro 1 to railway stn OR take taxi direct to hotel near railway stn? Pls also recommend an affordable hotel stay for a budget traveller. Many thanks.
Answers (6)
Answered by Jessica | Jan. 09, 2024 21:58

It is better to stay near the train station. However, the 3 trains stations in Hangzhou all have trains departing to Suzhou. Would you mind telling me which one you will choose?
Answered by Jo | Jan. 11, 2024 03:30

Hi Jessica.

TQVM for your reply. I'm going to Suzhou from Hangzhou, so I guess, I should take the train from Hangzhou East? Will appreciate it if you could suggest a good budget hotel for an overnight stay.

Thanks in advance. :-)
Answered by Jessica | Jan. 11, 2024 17:15

Metropolo Jinjiang Hotel (Hangzhou East Railway Station), about 400m from the station is recommended.
Answered by Jo | Jan. 17, 2024 07:43

Thanks, Jessica. Do you have the hotel's name and address in Mandarin so that I can show it to the taxi driver? Also, do taxi drivers accept cash as I don't have e-wallet payment? Many thanks.
Answered by Jessica | Jan. 17, 2024 17:49

锦江都城杭州火车东站酒店. Yes, they do accept cash.
Answered by Jo | Jan. 17, 2024 21:28

Thanks a lot, Jessica.
Asked by Malek Khoudi from GERMANY | Jan. 03, 2024 07:56Reply
Letter of invitation for Tourism
Greetings ladies and gentleman,

I am interested in a trip to Hangzhou, i have already purchased the plane ticket, and the hotel reservation for the 21st of January. Would it be possible to get a tourism invitation letter solely, what are my options to do so? Money won't be an issue for me. my nationality is originally Tunisian even though i live in Germany that is why i need the invitation to receive a visa. I await your reply, as i urgently need the invitation before the 7th of january.

Best regards,
Malek Khoudi
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey | Jan. 05, 2024 01:16

You may find a visa agent to help you with an invitation letter.
Asked by jacinda from INDONESIA | Nov. 06, 2023 00:47Reply
Transport in Hangzhou
How do i travel in hangzhou if not using metro and bus? where can i find trusted car rent with driver for 1 day?
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Answered by Jessica | Nov. 06, 2023 19:06

You may hire a car in ehi company: en.1hai.cn.
Asked by Hai Yen from VIETNAM | Oct. 23, 2023 17:49Reply
Direct Bus between Zhouzhuang - Nanxun - Wuzhen?
Please advise me if there's any direct bus from Zhouzhuang Water Town to Nanxun and from Nanxun to Wuzhen water town?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey | Oct. 24, 2023 18:10

No, there are no direct bus available among the three water towns. It is suggested to take a taxi or hire a car directly because taking a taxi needs to transfer many times.
Asked by Annie Watt from MALAYSIA | Sep. 10, 2023 07:51Reply
From Hangzhou International Airport to Holiday Inn Express Westlake East Shangcheng district
Answers (1)
Answered by Edward | Sep. 11, 2023 22:59

The fastest way is to take Airport Bus Wulinmen Line to Chengzhan Station and then walk west about 200m to the hotel. The shuttle bus is operated between 8:30 and 20:30 with an interval of 30 minutes.
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