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 Mar. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by QPHAM26 | Mar. 20, 2019 16:08Reply
Can someone show me how to go from Hangzhou Huanglong Tourist Hub to Wuzhen?
Can someone help me with more information like where, when, and how much? Thanks a lot.
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Answered by Lily from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 20, 2019 20:40

Hi, the bus departs at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00. It costs CNY 35per person and takes around 2.5 hours for a single journey. The tourist bus hub is located on No.3 Gymnasium, Huanglong Road, Xihu District.
Asked by Jan from SINGAPORE | Mar. 09, 2019 04:29Reply
Is there a direct bus from Qingnian Rd (hangzhou) to Suzhou? Thank you!
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Answered by Savannah from FINLAND | Mar. 13, 2019 23:52

No. From Qingnian Road, walk south around 400 meters and take metro line 1 from Ding'an Road to Passenger Transport Center Station, Exit B.Then walk north around 500 meters to get to the Coach Station. There are several direct coaches to Suzhou.
Asked by Rev Vimutti Shakya from SRI LANKA | Mar. 06, 2019 15:34Reply
What is the earliest bus departing from Hangzhou to Huangshan Scenic bus station?
Is it needed to book in advance
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Answered by Hailey from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 19:40

The earliest bus departs from City Bus Station at 6:40. Since the booking website is in Chinese so you are suggested to get there earlier to buy tickets.
Asked by William from MALAYSIA | Feb. 15, 2019 22:19Reply
Luggage Lockers At Hangzhou Wulinmen?
I will be travelling to HZ from Shanghai Pudong airport for a half-day trip before making my way to Nanjing. I wish to know if there is any coin lockers, or any other storage options, at Wulinmen bus terminal so that I can store my bags for the duration of m trip at HZ? Thanks
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Answered by Alexis from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 19, 2019 22:07

As I know, there is no left luggage service. Thus it is advised to put the luggage at the railway station.
Asked by Tania Vandamme from BELGIUM | Jan. 27, 2019 13:39Reply
Bus? Hangzhou - Jiuhuashan - Tangkou

We would like to travel from HZ to Jiuhuashan, stay 2 days, and then travel from Jiuhuashan to Tangkou ans stay for another 2 days to hike the Huangshan mountain.

Can you tell us the bus schedules ? How long does it take and how much does it cost ?

Thank you !!
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Answered by Viola from CANADA | Jan. 27, 2019 22:57

HZ to Jiuhuashan: You can take it from HZ North Coach Station to there directly. The bus schedules are 08:25 and 09:25. The ticket fare is CNY143/person. The duration is around 5 hours.

Jiuhuashan to Tangkou: You can take the coach from Jiuhuashan Tourist Service Center. They depart at 07:20 and 14:30. The ticket fare is around CNY50/person. It takes around 2.5 hours on the way.
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