Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou
Chinese Name: 萧山区 (xiāo shān qū)
Area: 1,420 square kilometers (548 square miles)
Location: in the east of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, eastern China
Area Code: 0571
Zip Code: 311200
GDP (2018): CNY 210.64 billion (USD 31.83 billion)
Xiaoshan District, located in the north of Zhejiang Province and on the south Bank of Qiantang River, is a municipal district of Hangzhou, facing the West Lake District, Jianggan District and Jiaxing across the river. It is adjacent to Shaoxing on the east, Zhuji on the south, Fuyang District on the west, Binjiang District on the northwest. Due to its superior geographical location, Xiaoshan District has convenient water and land transportation. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport ranks third in east China after Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Hangzhou International Expo Center, as the main venue of the G20 Summit, received leaders and guests from 20 nations in 2016. Now the G20 Summit Experience Hall has been opened to the public. Xianghu Lake, Qianjiang Tidal-bore Sighting City, Hangzhou Amusement Park, Hangzhou Wave Water Park and Crazy Apple Land are popular scenic spots in Xiaoshan District Hangzhou.
Best Places to Visit & Top Things to Do in Xiaoshan District
G20 Summit Experience Hall
With its convenient transportation network, diverse venues and modern and simple design, many kinds of exhibitions, conferences and activities have been held in the Hangzhou International Expo Center. In 2016, it was the main venue for the G20 summit to receive world leaders. After the summit, the G20 Experience Hall opened to the public. The Hall consists of the Greeting Area, Leaders’ Banquet Hall, Main Venue of the Convention Room and Sky Garden.
Xiang Lake Tourist Resort
Xiang Lake, located in the west of the Xiaoshan District, features picturesque scenery and Xiang Lake culture. Now there are 10 scenic areas which include 50 scenic spots. Tourists can learn about the history, culture and customs of Xiang Lake in Chengshan Scenic Area, Xiasun Village and Xiang Lake Cultural Exhibition Hall. The Kuahu Bridge Cultural Heritage Site Museum displays a large number of Neolithic cultural relics with a history of 7,000-8,000 years. In addition, the shocking water shows can be enjoyed at the Hushan Square.
Qianjiang Tidal-bore Sighting City
Qianjiang Tidal-bore Sighting City is located at the bank of Qiantang River, Nanyang Street and 10 km (6 mi) away from the downtown area of Xiaoshan. On August 18 of the lunar calendar every year, Qianjiang International Tidal Bore Festival opens here. Qianjiang tidal bore is a great wonder caused by the centrifugal action of celestial gravity and earth rotation, coupled with the special topography of the bell mouth of Hangzhou Bay. The tidal bore can build a 3 - 4 m (9.8 - 13 ft) high water wall on the river, showing momentum of thousands of horses galloping.
Best Time to Visit Xiaoshan District
The best time to visit Xiaoshan District Hangzhou is from June to November. In summer, from June to August, visitors can experience adventurous and exciting water amusement at the Hangzhou Amusement Park and Hangzhou Wave Water Park. And it is necessary to prevent sunburn and heatstroke as the temperature can be as high as 36℃ (97℉). The magic and splendid Qianjiang tide bore will occur in September, which cannot be missed. From September to November is the autumn time of Xiaoshan District Hangzhou when the weather becomes cool and dry and it is suitable for taking a trip. The weather in winter, from December to February, is the coldest season and the lowest temperature is 0 ℃ (32 ℉). Then the weather starts to warm and rainy in spring, from March to May. The rainy season in Xiaoshan District Hangzhou is from June to July.
Xiaoshan District Weather Forecast
To visit Xiaoshan District Hangzhou, visitors can fly to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. Or one can take a bullet train to Hangzhou South Railway Station which is just situated in Xiaoshan District Hangzhou.
The inner-city transportation depends on the metro, buses and taxis. The metro lines 1, 2, 4 are available in Xiaoshan District Hangzhou. Visitors can take Metro Line 2 and then transfer to Metro Line 4 at Qianjiang Road to the downtown of Hangzhou. It charges CNY13 for the first 3 km of Xiaoshan taxi and CNY2.5/km for the next distance. It takes about CNY15 to Hangzhou South Railway Station and CNY70-80 to Xiaoshan Airport.
See more: Hangzhou Metro
Best Xiaoshan District Food to Try
Stir-fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, Dried Turnip, Beancurd with Eight Delicious and Boiled Xianghu Water Shield with Fish Ball are delicious local specialties.
Beancurd with Eight Delicious
Beancurd with Eight Delicious is a thick soup made from chicken soup, tender tofu, minced pork, minced chicken, minced shrimp, minced ham, dried mushroom, minced mushroom, minced melon seed and minced pine nut. It tastes tender and fresh and is full of nutrition.
See more: Notable Hangzhou Dishes