Hangzhou travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in China. It is an important tourist resort, with visitors attracted by its stunning natural beauty. The famous West Lake area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with a history dating back to the 1100s, the city has a rich cultural heritage.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hangzhou

1. West Lake

West Lake is Hangzhou's most famous tourist attraction, its beauty celebrated by artists and poets alike.

2. The Temples

The city has many beautiful temples and pagodas to explore and the views from Baochu Pagoda in particular are breathtaking.

3. Gardens and Parks

Hangzhou's green spaces are famous and the garden at Guo's Villa is reputed to be the finest in the region.

4. Hiking

Hiking in the mountains around Hangzhou offers spectacular scenery on some superb trails which are easily accessible from the city center.

5. Drink Tea

An afternoon at a tea house in Manjueling Village is a unique Hangzhou experience.

Where to Eat in Hangzhou

Grandma's Kitchen has restaurants across the city serving good local food from ¥20. Lou Wai Lou sits on an island off Beishan Road and is renowned as perhaps the best restaurant in the city; try the West Lake sweet and sour fish or Beggar's chicken. Dinner costs around ¥120 per person.

When to visit Hangzhou

Hangzhou in February
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Hangzhou in February
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1 night at 3-star hotel

Hangzhou's summer can be hot and very humid. Spring is a beautiful season to see the blossoms in the parks.

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How to Get to Hangzhou


Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport has regular services across China and Southeast Asia. The 20-mile trip west into the city center will cost ¥90 by taxi or ¥20 by shuttle bus.


Hangzhou has good rail services from other Chinese cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The fare from Shanghai is ¥78.


Hangzhou sits at the center of an excellent highway network, with the G60 running northeast to Shanghai and the G25 running north to Nanjing.


The city has four bus stations, serving connections from north, south, east and west. Trains from Shanghai, for example, arrive at the north bus station and fares cost ¥58.

Airlines serving Hangzhou

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Where to stay in Hangzhou

Hangzhou International Youth Hostel on Nanshan Road is close to the lake and has dorm room accommodation from ¥40. Double rooms are ¥200. The Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale West Lake Hangzhou Hotel on Fengqi Road offers international style luxury with rooms from ¥1,200.

Popular neighbourhoods in Hangzhou

Shangcheng District – is at the city's urban core and is close to the West Lake area.

Binjiang District – is a modern and fast-developing area across the Qiantang River from West Lake.

Xihu District – is next to West Lake and many other city attractions. It has some of the best hotels in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hangzhou

Most booked hotels in Hangzhou

The East Hotel Hangzhou
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Wulin
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Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Shangri-La Hangzhou
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How to Get Around Hangzhou

Public Transportation

Hangzhou has a good bus service, with local buses costing from ¥2 and dedicated tourist buses serving the main attractions from ¥3 (These bus numbers start with a 'Y').


Taxis are plentiful and drivers usually use the proper metered fare. The initial cost is ¥11 and then you will pay ¥4 per mile.


Remember you'll need a Chinese driving licence to drive in China. Car rental is around ¥190 per day, or you can rent a car with a driver.

The Cost of Living in Hangzhou

Shopping Streets

Yan'an Road is best for fashion, while Wensan Road is the place for electronics. There is a nightly market at Pinghai Road that sells just about anything.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Hangzhou will cost around ¥15.60 and a dozen eggs is ¥9.95.

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