Hangzhou Public Bicycle

A Public Bicycle Spot in Hangzhou
Public Bicycle Rental
Hangzhou has a well developed bicycle renting system. There are altogether over 1,000 public bicycle spots in the city. Visitors can rent a bicycle and tour around the city freely. The bike serving spots serve from 06:00 - 20:00.

For renting a bicycle, one need a Transportation Smart Card T or Z. Z card is specially designed for visitors. It can be applied at the Smart Card Center at 20 Long Xiang Lu, Shangcheng District. You need to show your ID and store at least CNY300 in your new card. The Smart Card Center opens from 08:00 to 17:00.

For the first hour -- free; 1 - 2 hrs. -- CNY1; 2 - 3 hrs. -- CNY2; Over 3 hrs. -- CNY3/hr

 How to Rent
After getting the card, you can rent a bicycle at any public bicycle spot, and return it at any service spot.

When renting, you just need to put your card on the electric locker. When the light turns to green and the buzzer beeps you need to take the bike out of the locker within 30 seconds. A CNY200 deposit is required to rent the bike. This deposit minus the rental fee is returned when the bike is secured a locker at any service spot.

 How to Return
Put Your Hangzhou Transportation IC Card on the Electric Locker
Put Your Transportation 
IC Card on the Electric Locker
When returning, you need to firstly make the bike locked by the electric locker, and put your card on the locker when the green light is on. The return is a success when the green light stops shining and the buzzer beeps.

After this procedure, it is highly recommended to make sure the bike is rightly locked; pull it to see whether it is still movable or not, if yes, repeat the returning procedure. After you are convinced that the bike is secure, check on the self service machine to be sure that it is recorded as returned. Put your card in it and you'll see your renting and returning record.

Sometimes the electric locker shows that you have finished the process, but the returning record would not show up. In this situation, make sure your bike is not rented by other people, for it would be regarded as lost and you'll have to pay for it. In this situation, you can ask the staff for help or contact the IC Card Center. 

 Main Bicycle Service Spots
Around West Lake
 North of the Gate of Liu Lang Wen Ying (Orioles Singing in the Willows)
 56 Jiang Jun Lu
 207 Yan An Lu
 Dong Po Lu, at the gate of Pizza Hut
 The joint of Chang Sheng Lu and Pu Ti Si Lu
 Near Lake View Hotel, Huan Cheng Xi Lu
 South Gate of Zhejiang Great Hall of People
 Ping Hu Qiu Yue (Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn)
 Opposite to the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei
 No.2 Gate of Qu Yuan Feng He (Breeze-Ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden)
 To the south of the gate of Hangzhou Flower Nursery
 Back Gate of Hua Gang Guan Yu (Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond), West to Yang Gong Di
 Opposite to the Small Parking Lot at Su Di (Su Causeway)
 South to Ning Xiang Ju, Chang Qiao Park

Other Main Spots
 Six Harmonies Pagoda: 504 bus stop
 Lingyin Temple: South and West of Ling Yin Parking Lot
 Hangzhou Zoo: Near the parterre
 Xixi Wetland: Near the North Gate of Xixi Wetland
 Wushan Square: To the west of the memorial arch
 Wulin Square: North of the Wu Lin Guang Chang Stop of Bus 28
 South Bus Station: Near the Bus Station
 North Bus Station: Near North Bus Station

Hangzhou Bicycle
Riding Bikes Around West Lake

 Recommended Bicycle Touring Routes
These three routes are famous tourist lines around West Lake, the highlight is that there are many service spots on the way, you don't need to worry about the difficulty in renting or returning. In order to save money, you can rent and return every 40 or 50 minutes, in this way, your renting time would all kept in the free period. The only suggestion is that every time you return bike, make sure your bike has been returned on the locker. 

 North Route (7.7 kilometers): Long Xiang Qiao—Xue Shi Lu—Shao Nian Gong (Youths' Palace)—Ping Hu Qiu Yue (Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn)—Yue Miao (Mausoleum of General Yue Fei)—Lingyin Temple

 South Route (10.4 kilometers): Long Xiang Qiao—Yan An Lu—Yong Jin Men—Qian Wang Ci (Memorial Hall of Emperor Qian)—Liu Lang Wen Ying (Orioles Singing in the Willows)—Chang Qiao—Su Di Nan (South Entrance of Su Causeway)—Hua Gang Xi Men (West Gate of Flower Pond)—Dong Wu Yuan (Zoo)—Six Harmonies Pagoda—Jiu Xi

 Round Lake Route (12.4 kilometers): Long Xiang Qiao—Xue Shi Lu—Shao Nian Gong (Youths' Palace)—Yue Miao (Mausoleum of General Yue Fei)—Hua Pu (Flower Nursery)—Hua Gang Xi Men (West Gate of Flower Pond)—Su Di Nan Kou (South Entrance of Su Causeway)—Chang Qiao—Liu Lang Wen Ying (Orioles Singing in the Willows)—Yan An Lu—Long Xiang Qiao

- Last updated on Feb. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Public Bicycle
Asked by Alex Chan from MALAYSIA | Feb. 24, 2019 08:03Reply
Are there 2 seater bikes on hire at hangzhou?
My 9 year old can,t ride a bike well, can’t find info whether bikes have 2 seaters. Thot I saw that on my last trip, 10 years ago. But ain’t sure
Answers (1)
Answered by Tricia from ITALY | Feb. 26, 2019 00:26

Alex, I heard that there is no 2 seater bikes on hire nowadays.
Asked by Almudena from SPAIN | Mar. 14, 2018 12:35Reply
I would like to go to Meijiawu by bike from Hangzhou
but I just have one single day, and the office in Dingan Road close at 17:00. How can I get my deposit back after 5 p.m? Is it an easy way to Meijiawu?
Thanks for helping!!
Answers (3)
Answered by Anron from BELGIUM | Mar. 14, 2018 21:26

In that case, you are suggested to take a shared bike, like Ofo. That doesn’t need a counter to get your deposit and you can get it by yourself after finishing riding. Oh, taking a bike to Meijiawu is an easy way and also a great trip! For you can fully enjoy the scenery! Have a nice trip!
Answered by Almudena from SPAIN | Mar. 15, 2018 09:55

Thank you, but Do I need internet connection for that?
Answered by Anron from BELGIUM | Mar. 15, 2018 20:19

Yes, you need it!
Asked by Natty from THAILAND | Nov. 28, 2016 06:34Reply
Can i ride a bicycle around west lake in December? it over cold or not?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucy from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 29, 2016 00:34

Of course you can! The temperature may range from 40F to 55F. It is not very cold. You should wear jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, sneakers and gloves to cycle around the lake! Have fun!
Asked by Hannah from USA | Oct. 05, 2016 22:48Reply
Is there anyway to get the remainig money back off your Z Smart Card?
We will only be in the city for the afternoon. It seems like a waste to put almost $50 on a card only to use only a couple of yuan between two people.
Answers (1)
Answered by Hannah | Oct. 06, 2016 00:53

Sorry, second question, Can you use one Smart Card to rent two bikes at the same time?
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