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'.
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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.

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- Last modified on Jan. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel
Asked by Kevin from THAILAND | Jan. 01, 2019 23:25Reply
Can I get a tax refund at The Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Clara from UKRAINE | Jan. 02, 2019 17:41

Hey, Kevin, I only found some tax free shops at that airport. But I am not sure whether if they have tax refund service counter. You'd better to dial 96299 and consult the airport staff.
Answered by Kevin from THAILAND | Jan. 03, 2019 22:51

Dear Clara,

Thank you so much for your reply and suggestion.

Have a great day!
Asked by Nathanael Ho from SINGAPORE | Nov. 05, 2018 21:29Reply
May I know the best time to Hangzhou for the autumn leaves 2018?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom from CANADA | Nov. 07, 2018 00:53

The best time is in late October to November.
Asked by Sye from THAILAND | Oct. 14, 2018 01:19Reply
Which gate that i should follower after landing at Hangzhou if i need to using Airport Bus
and Which bus should I take from Xiaoshan international airport to west city hotel (杭州威斯希顿大酒店) ? , the station nearly Subway would be fine..
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaron from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 01:41

Don't worry. After arriving, you can easily find the boarding site according to the English signs at the airport.
From the airport to West City Hotel, you are advised to take take shuttle bus Wulinmen Line and get off at Wulinmen CAAC Ticket Office. Then take subway line 2 to Xialongwei Station, Exit B. Walk north around 200 meters to find the hotel.
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