Hangzhou Travel Tips

 Area: 16,596 square kilometers (6,408 square miles)
 Population: 6,663,100
 Time Zone: GMT+8
 Voltage: 220 V, 50Hz alternating current
 Administrative Division: 8 districts (Xihu, Gongshu, Shangcheng, Xiacheng, Jianggan, Binjiang, Xiaoshan and Yuhang); 3 cities (Jiande, Fuyang and Lin'an); 2 counties (Tonglu and Chun'an)


Foreign visitors have to obtain a visa before entering Hangzhou. You can apply for the visa in the Consulate of P. R. China in your country. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa through a travel agency. Special fast applications can be generally completed within 24 hours.
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 From Jan. 30, 2016, 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy is implemented to facilitate passengers to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 144 hours when making an international transfer via Xiaoshan Airport. Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

Useful Numbers:

Fire: 119
Police: 110
Traffic Emergency: 122
Ambulance: 120
Tourism Complaint: 87030886
Calling for a Taxi: 28811111
Way Inquiry (Downtown area): 1606000
Weather Forecast: 96121
China Mobile Customer Hotline: 10086
China Unicom Customer Hotline: 10010
China Telecom Customer Hotline: 10000
International long-distance telephone: Please dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number


Hangzhou Bank
China Zheshang Bank in Hangzhou

Bank of China provides you money exchange service. Here are some of its branches in Hangzhou City:
Zhejiang Branch: No.321, Feng Qi Lu, Xiacheng District
Xihu Branch: No.44, Guang Hua Xiang, Shangcheng District
Zheda Branch: No.146, Yu Gu Lu,  Xihu District
Xiaoshan Branch: No.288, Ren Min Lu,  Xiaoshan District
Business Hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 08:30~17:30
Sat. – Sun.: 09:00~16:00
 Chinese Money and Cost

Apart from this bank, you can find the following banks in the city: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, China Merchants Bank, China Minsheng Bank, China Bank of Communications, China CITIC Bank, Industrial Bank, China Everbright Bank, Huaxia Bank and SPD Bank.

Post Offices

 Qingchun Road Branch: No.139, Qing Chun Lu, Xiacheng District
 Zhongda Square Branch: No.366,  Zhong Shan Bei Lu, Xiacheng District
 Communication in China
 Postcode: 310000
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 Hangzhou First People's Hospital
Location: No.261, Huan Sha Lu, Shangcheng District
Bus Routes: 1, 8, 49, 68, 85, 206, 208, 270, 801, 805, 900, Tour 8

 Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital
Location: 3, Qing Chun Dong Lu, Jianggan District
Bus Routes: Buses 18, 20, 21, 56, 305, 518, 818 to Hong Ling Xin Cun Stop.

 Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital
Location: 158, Shang Tang Lu, Gongshu District
Bus Routes: Buses 3, 6, 26, 33, 78, 206, 274, 276, 338, 555, 591, 814

Book Stores

Xinhua Book Store provides various books and audio-visual products.
Jiefang Road Branch:
Location: No.225, Jie Fang Lu, Shangcheng District
Bus Routes: 38, 308, 68 etc.


 Free Land Cybercafe
Location: 398, Wen San Lu, Xihu District
 Zhe Jiang Online Cybercafe
Location: 328, Wen Er Lu, Xihu District

A Local Market in Hangzhou
A Local Market in Hangzhou


 Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University is one of the best universities in the country, it has five campuses.
 Yuquan Campus: No.38, Zhe Da Lu, Xihu District
Bus Routes: Buses Y5, 15, 16, 21, 28, 30, 152
 Xixi Campus: No. 34, Tian Mu Shan Lu, Xihu District
Bus Routes: Buses 6, 9, 11, 21, 23, 24, 30, 49, 151, 355, 502
 Huajiachi Campus: 268, Kai Xuan Lu, Jianggan District
Bus Routes: Buses 18, 20, 21, 34, 35, 40, 228, 305, 317, 518, 528, 818
 Zhijiang Campus: 51, Zhi Jiang Lu, Shangcheng District
Bus Routes: Buses 4, 308, 504, 599
 Zijingang Campus: 388, Yu Hang Tang Lu, Gongshu District

 Zhejiang University of Technology
Location: 18, Chao Wang Lu, Gongshu District
Bus Routes: Buses 80, 86, 101, 274

 Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Location: Xiasha Higher Education Zone
Bus Routes: Buses 383, 385, 611, 614, 684

 Hangzhou Dianzi University
Location: Xiasha Higher Education Zone
Bus Routes: Buses B支4, 369, 370

 Hangzhou Normal University
Location: No.16, Xuelin Street, Xiasha Higher Education Zone
Bus Routes: Buses B支4, 210, 369, 370, 381

 Further Reading:
Top 10 Things to Do in Hangzhou

Best Time to Visit Hangzhou

- Last updated on Mar. 17, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Travel Tips
Asked by Rohanna from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 04, 2019 20:57Reply
Has anyone stayed at the lakeside courtyard? Looking for the best way to get there from hangzhou
Answers (1)
Answered by Gina from CANADA | Oct. 11, 2019 20:15

Do you mean the hotel " Lakeside Courtyard by JinSpecial" ? It is located at No.59, Qixialing Road, Xihu lake district.
Asked by Grace Heny from INDONESIA | Jul. 27, 2019 04:49Reply
How to get a taxi from The Mulian Hotel to the city?
Any nearest church around The Mulian Hotel (within walking distance)?

Grace Heny
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 20:53

Could you be more specific? What area of the city?
Asked by Ngoc Thanh Nha Nguyen from VIETNAM | Nov. 24, 2018 11:03Reply
Qianjiang New Town Music Fountain & Light Show
May I check the Qianjiang New Town Music Fountain & Light Show still avail on Tuesday, and Saturday and Sunday 18:30 and 19:30?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gwendolyn from USA | Nov. 25, 2018 23:47

Yes, you can. The show time every day is 18:30, 19:00 and 20:30.
Asked by Lim Phaik Hiang from MALAYSIA | Nov. 03, 2018 11:02Reply
I stay in Hangzhou Rui Ju Hotel, How to go "Romance of the Song Dynasty"
and after the show I could like to visit Ancient Street. How to go to Ancient Street from the Romance of the Song dynasty.
Answers (1)
Answered by Abner from SINGAPORE | Nov. 06, 2018 01:59

From the hotel to see the show, you can take the bus No.314, about 15-minute walk from the hotel. And get off at Song City. By the way, which ancient street are you going to visit? There are many in this city.
Asked by Danny from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 18, 2018 04:55Reply
Where to buy 2 day card (xiling card) in hangzhou
I would like to know where we can buy the 2 day xiling card in the city. We will stay at Landison Plaza Hotel.
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Angla from BELGIUM | Apr. 18, 2018 22:53

It can be bought at the Transport Card Service Center in Ding’an Rd, which is about 3km south of your hotel. You can take a taxi there.
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