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Travel Smart to Hangzhou during G20 Summit in September

Published: Aug. 09, 2016
Hangzhou West Lake
This year, the G20 Summit will be held on September 4 and 5 in Hangzhou, a picturesque eastern city of China. As this is the first time that China hosts the event, Hangzhou becomes a focus of the world. The local government has taken a series of measures to o provide a better environment for the summit, including increasing security checks on inbound travelers and parcels, and vehicle restrictions, which may influence your visit there.

Tour Groups Are Not Received from Aug. 28 to Sep. 7

From August 28 to September 7, tourist groups organized by travel agencies will not be received. Main tourist destinations in the city, like Lingyin Temple and Xixi National Wetland Park, have already confirmed this news. However, they haven't yet received notices about not receiving individual travelers.

More Crowds on Public Transit Tools

From August 28 to September 6, vehicles with even and odd-numbered license plates will be arranged to run on alternate days. Therefore, more people may choose to travel by bus or subway and it may be more crowded on public transportation.

Stricter Visa Policy for Foreign Travelers

Individual travelers may meet with stricter requirements when applying for a China visa if their travel plan in September involves Hangzhou. But it does not mean that they cannot get a visa at all. Those who want to avoid the hassles of applying for a visa can see whether they can make use of the 144-hour visa-free transit policy that has been adopted in January 2016. When going through immigration upon arrival in Hangzhou, take all the documents that may be required, such as passport, travel itinerary, hotel bookings, and a return or onward ticket. Last but not the least, remember to register yourself with the police within 24 hours if you are an inbound traveler.

Where to Visit in Hangzhou during the G20 Summit

West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy
After dealing with all immigration affairs, you can start your trip in this city. The West Lake, Grand Canal, both inscribed as world heritages, are the most popular tourist attractions that have witnessed the ups and downs of Hangzhou since ancient times. Lingyin Temple and the Tomb of General Yue Fei tell the history of this time-honored city. If in the worst case the main tourist attractions in the city area are closed due to the G20 Summit, you can have a retreat in the countryside in Wuzhen Water Town or Xitang Water Town, where you will be very impressed with the tranquil and slow lifestyle.

Hangzhou certainly has some tasty local specialties. West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, Pian’erchuan Noodles, fried shrimps, and delicate dim-sum plus Longjing Tea are worth a try.
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  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by Chris | Aug. 23, 2016 02:09Reply
    Any news on individual travellers?
    Hi! Are there any updated news on the situation for individual travellers? I'd like to visit Hangzhou from 1st to 2nd September... will the sights be opened? Thank you very much!
    Answers (3)
    Answered by John from CHINA | Aug. 23, 2016 04:56

    Chris, as a local in China, so far I haven't heard of such news. Individual travellers can still go to China during this period. Some sights may be closed but those ones in suburban area should still be open.
    Answered by Chris | Aug. 23, 2016 05:17

    Thanks for your answer, John! Does anybody have additional information about the sights in the city center?
    Answered by Mia from INDONESIA | Aug. 24, 2016 04:51

    I googled on the internet and many says almost all tourist attractions are open.
    Asked by Cho chin from MALAYSIA | Aug. 17, 2016 17:54Reply
    Can i go to hangzhou airport from Shanghai on 31st August?
    I had booked flight for hangzhou on 26/8 n return on 31/8 ( 6 days holiday covering Shanghai and suzhou). Just a day in hangzhou n leave for shangai on 27th. Will my return from shangai to hangzhou airport affected by road closure on d 31st? Otherwise I need to depart at Shanghai airport. Please advise thank you
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Venus | Aug. 18, 2016 00:56

    I don't think so. Only a few roads will be closed temporarily and the rest operate the same as before. So it won't affect your travelling from Shanghai to Hangzhou Airport.
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