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 Jun. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Selina from GERMANY | Jul. 22, 2019 00:24Reply
How can I get back from Lake of 1000 Islands to Hangzhou?
I will go to the city for 3 days and on 1 day I would like to visit the Lake of Thousands Island.
I think I will take a early bus and I would like to go back to HZ on the same day.
Can you give me information for departure time and intervals from Lake of Thousand Islands back to HZ?
Asked by save from THAILAND | Jul. 08, 2019 00:07Reply
How do I go to Taihuyuan from Hangzhou? I stay near Xihu.
Answers (1)
Answered by Angel from USA | Jul. 08, 2019 19:41

You can take taxi to West Coach Station first. Take direct bus from there to Lin'an Station with cab fare of CNY10, then you can take taxi to Taihuyuan with CNY30-40 and 30 minutes.
Asked by Siriwan from THAILAND | Jul. 04, 2019 19:21Reply
What is the shuttle bus from the Hangzhou airport I should take
when my hotel is near Metro Ding An Road?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gill from USA | Jul. 07, 2019 19:13

You can take shuttle bus Line Wulinmen and get off at Grand Metropark Hotel (Pinghai Rd), then take taxi to your destination.
Asked by Alice from SINGAPORE | Jul. 04, 2019 05:11Reply
Which is the best and economical Hotel near He Fang Street in Hangzhou
Answers (1)
Answered by Reece from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 19:06

You can go to Chengshi Bianjie Hotel (CCINN), which is located at No.16, Guangfu Rd, Shangcheng District. The fare is CNY250-350/night.
Asked by Kadiee from VIETNAM | Jun. 26, 2019 08:50Reply
sr, can u highly recommend me some hotels/ hostels in Xizha, Wuzhen?
Which is near the river bank or have a straight view to the river?
Answers (3)
Answered by Kevin from CANADA | Jun. 27, 2019 02:33

The Passage d’eau is a good option and it takes at least CNY880 per room.
Answered by kadiee from VIETNAM | Jun. 27, 2019 20:31

where can i book room? please
Answered by Kevin from CANADA | Jun. 30, 2019 20:53

You can book it through the Wuzhen tourism official website.
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