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.


Best Time to Visit Hangzhou

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.

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- Last modified on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Najib from MALAYSIA | Jul. 19, 2020 02:26Reply
Is there any halal restaurant near Park zoo hotel, hangzhou?
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Answered by Muhammad from UAE | Jul. 19, 2020 18:37

One halal restaurant named Yilan Beef Noodles Restaurant is located at Room No.8, Building 11, Qianshuiwan City Garden Community.
Asked by lalitesh kumat from CHINA | Dec. 28, 2019 00:57Reply
How to go to the Hangzhou airport from zhejiang University Yuquan Campus by bus??
Answers (2)
Answered by Kenny from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 29, 2019 23:58

You can take bus 16 to Yuewang Road station, then transfer to shuttle bus line of Wulinmen from Pinghai Road Yuewang Road station to the airport station. It costs CNY21 with around 100 minutes.
Answered by lalitesh kumar from INDIA | Dec. 30, 2019 17:39

Thanks a lot.
Asked by Tom from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 14, 2019 23:11Reply
UK Citizen with return ticket London to Bangkok. Can I get a 72 hour transit visa to visit Hangzhou?
While in Bangkok I would love to visit China and would get a return flight from Bangkok to HZ
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Answered by Monica from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 17, 2019 18:28

If your return route is Bangkok-HZ-London, then you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.
Asked by Cori from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 06, 2019 01:20Reply
Is there a place I can store luggage for 2 weeks in Hangzhou?
I have plans to go backpacking in China before my student visa ends and would like to know if there is anywhere I can store one suitcase for 2 weeks. I would store it in the student dorm, but my rental period ends when I will be travelling within China.
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Answered by Theo from THAILAND | Dec. 09, 2019 17:33

Maybe you can go to Hangzhou East Railway Station to store your luggage.
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