Hangzhou Travel Guide

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Hangzhou Highlights

  • Pro
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    maria_hz says…

     Lots of sights, well kept city which is comparatively clean and rather tidy 

  • Con
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    hangzhoulover says…

     Well, it's China. Sanitation isn't always great, small-time theives are abundant, traffic is a drag, pollution makes the scenic views rather gray on most days. 

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     "Above heaven there is paradise here on earth we have SuZhou & Hangzhou" 

Hangzhou Things to Do

  • Yue Wang Temple

    Yue Fei was a loyalty general to his emperor. Hangzhou people built the temple by the bank of the West Lake to worship and pay respect to Yue Fei. In the compound there are QingKuai ( bad and evil person ) husband and wife kneeling statues in the cage, Chinese who knew the story would sometime spitting to them.

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  • Xihu - The West Lake

    The Xihu park is a very beautiful and big area to tour, but due to the over crowded of local visitors, we can only do a quick tour on board of the boat which is pre arrange in our tour package. The local souvenir traders moved quickly to surround us soon we arrived. As we are in a group tour, we have to obey the tour leader's guide and time and to...

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  • Hu Xue Yan's house

    Hu XueYan ( 1823-1885 ) was an ancient business tycoon in Hangzhou. He giant house with many rooms was built with wood with no nail. Built up area is 5815 square metre, with many fine carve on fine wood and stone. Hangzhou Tourism Board has preserved this site to be tourist attraction.

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Hangzhou Restaurants

  • the most famous local restaurant

    It's one of the most famous restaurant not only in Hangzhou but also in China.The name came from a Song dynasty poem, which means house after house. It's to describe the prosperity of Hangzhou at the time of Song dynasty.The most famous local food there is West Lake Vinegar Fish, Begger's Chicken, Dongpo Meat etc.Here is a website for the...

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  • Famous for a Reason!

    Surroundings Located on Solitary Island, LWL has a beautiful view of West Lake. Enjoy the scenery before your meal, as, if it's a busy night (plan on it), you are unlikely to get a table with a great view. You can plan a romantic boatride after your meal as well, as there will be several rowers waiting right in front of the restaurant to escort you...

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  • You must try the Frog dish!

    We had a private room for ourselves to enjoy the great tastes of some of the deliciously tasty dishes this restaurant provides with a very pleasantly decorated Chinese surrounding. Well this was my first time to eat frog and not my last.....lol....just fantastic!

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Hangzhou Nightlife

  • Place to Chill

    *update: note new address*Small bar with homey, laid-back feel. Dark, wooden interior decorated in a Reggae theme with music to match, plus a nice mix of hip-hop, rock, and rap as it gets later into the night. Caters to the foreign crowd, with an English menu and imported drinks. Staff is friendly and a couple of them can understand some English....

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  • Shamrock Bar (Irish)

    Used to be located on Hefang Jie, in a beautiful and historic building. Now it's on a busy road, tucked in behind a large building with no character. Still fun inside though. Music, pool, Western food, and of course, one of the few places in Hangzhou to find Guinness. They tend to throw great events for the holidays. You'll find a mostly Western,...

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  • West Lake Music Festival

    Live music shows organized biannually (the latest one was in May 2009), featured on Chinese soft rock music and some pop songs. It is not really good music, but very crowded as young people regard it a trendy thing, also a chance to social, and express "free wills" - most of languages were sex related.Attached pictures show post-its on a wall...

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Hangzhou Transportation

  • Bus from Tongli to Hangzhou direct

    There is a fantastic luxury bus that goes from the Tongli bus terminus to the Hangzhou North bus station. The tickets can be purchased at the ticket window at the Tongli depot. The bus number is PW9353 and it leaves at 08:10am. The tickets cost RMB51pp and the trip takes about 3 hours.This was a wonderful find as we had spent 2 nights in Tongli and...

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  • Airport Bus To/From Hangzhou

    From Airport to Hangzhou:We arrived at Hangzhou Airport at 11pm due to flight delay. We still can catch an Airport Bus outside of the first floor arrival hall exit 5. It comes with several stops, we stopped at West Lake and spend taxi Y14 yuan to ride to our hotel. Tip: You can buy a map (Y5) on board. Don't worry it is a standard price. From...

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  • Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central...

    杭州客运中心站 (杭州九堡客运中心)Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Station is the largest long-distant bus station in Zhejiang Province. It is located at east of Hangzhou City, Jiubao Town. This is a huge bus stop in a modern architectural building. It has...

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Hangzhou Shopping

  • Supermarket

    I love exploring foreign supermarkets and this Carrefour hypermarket is superb like they tend to be back in Europe. This particular one is located in the city centre near Wushan Square in the heart of the city's shopping district.

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  • Buddhist Artifacts

    I found this shop by accident and really liked the place. It is full of Buddhist bits and pieces but they are not cheap.There are many beautiful pieces and things which you will not find on the typical market stall so if you are intp collecting Buddha's or other Buddhist memorabilia this is really the place to go.

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  • Famous Hangzhou Fans

    Wang Xingji is a Hangzhou institution, fan-maker for more than 100 years. Customers included late Qing monarchs and Chinese premiers. There are several branches in Hangzhou, including one off Hubin Road along the eastern shore of West Lake, and one along Hefang Street. Prices vary from very cheap (RMB15) to very expensive (over RMB5000), depending...

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Hangzhou Local Customs

  • Prosperous city

    When I first started to explore Hangzhou, I was quite gobsmacked by how prosperous the city was. Just down the road from where I was staying were showrooms for Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls Royce and top-end designer shops such as Versace and Armani. It seems that Hangzhou has some money on its streets, in fact I saw a Ferrari and Rolls...

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  • CANAL3:THE NIGHT OF GRAND CANAL

    In the evening the whole section of canal in Hangzhou is bright like a long dragon with bright pearls. Yachts come and go on the river; people on the yachts can see bright buildings and restaurants stand on the side; after supper lively residents often together, singing and dancing. All of this make us to connect with the prosperity of South Song...

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  • CANAL2: CHINA GRAND CANAL MUSEUM

    In 2006, the “China Grand Canal Museum” was built in Hangzhou. The museum is located on the Canal Culture Square, Gong Shu District, against the old bridge “Gong Chen Bridge”. The history, using, current situation and heritage of the canal are introduced in the museum. After visiting the museum you will get a complete understand about the Grand...

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Hangzhou Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay out Night Clubs if alone

    if you are foreigner please stay away clubs like Gaga,Before i read how foreigners are got hit by Chinese people , this time i had a incident .I like to share it for expats out here, please be safe.I went to this club, as i was regular to there, one Chinese guy push me, i didn’t care it the first time , he did again,as i asked what’s wrong louder,...

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  • Hangzhou: Theives

    Hangzhou is considered to be one of the safest cities in China, but small crime like pickpocketing is still very common. Tips from my experience:* Use extra caution on rainy days. The one time I caught a hand in my purse was on a rainy day. The theives take advantage of the crowded streets (it's difficult to squeeze into a bus and near impossible...

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  • Hangzhou: Bike Theft

    If you are going to be in Hangzhou for more than a wekk or two it might be a wise investment to buy a bike rather than rent one. However, you must be very careful of bike theft, as it is very common in Hangzhou, and in a city of millions of people and hundreds of backstreets, there's no way that you'll see your bike again!How to protect...

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Hangzhou Tourist Traps

  • The Yuefei Mu

    The Yuefei Mu is one of those important Chinese attractions that leaves foriegners scratching their heads. I understand that the general, Yuefei Mu, may have an important place in Modern Chinese history but the tomb and attached temple are quite unremarkable after you have had seen so many of them as I had at this point in my travels through China....

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  • To Buy or Not to Buy Tea

    If you use a group tour for Hangzhou, most likely you will end your trip at a "tea village". My wife and I call these last stops "Chinese version of Disney World", where after a day of sightseeing (or in WDW's case, a ride), they deposit you at a gift shop. Unless you're a superb tea snob/expert, I would recommend saving your money and get tea...

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  • Be the last!

    Tea Planatations have good sales women. They will entice you to buy tea leaves.If you are on a group tour, be the last to buy anything becos they will come out with gimmicks that if you top up your purchase, we will give you a smaller bottle.I ride on my fellow tour group mate to be able to purchase RMB230 for a big cans of tea leaves with a 50g...

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Hangzhou What to Pack

  • Women's Hygiene

    Tampons are hard to find here. The C-Store and Kedi convenience stores sometimes have OB tampons, but not everyone is accustomed to this non-applicator type. If you have a particular preference when it comes to women's hygiene products, pack plenty of your own!

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  • Hangzhou Average temperature

    January 3.8 C 38.84 FFebruary 5.1 C 41.18 FMarch 9.3 C 48.74 FApril 15.4 C 59.72 FMay 20 C 68 FJune 24.3 C 75.74 FJuly 28.6 C 83.48 FAugust 28 C 82.4 FSeptember 23.3 C 73.94 FOctober 17.7 C 63.86 FNovember 12.1 C 53.78 FDecember 6.3 C 43.34 F

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  • Stuff to bring

    wear a few layers when it is winter. you dont need your long john. i survived with a t-shirt and a jacket. bring your medications along. the medicine sold are in chinese. you may not be able to find the exact quality of medication in China. bring your digital camera along. good to have an x-drive if you like to take pictures. i took thousands...

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Hangzhou Off The Beaten Path

  • Hangzhou Night Market

    Cross section of Yuewang Lu and Huiying Lu. East of Yan'an Street.Two streets of local stores offering the majority of Chinese wares you could hope to buy. Haggle hard in this concealed bazaar for many items such as painted scrolls, sunglasses, almost real Gucci bags and a variety of clothes. This is Hangzhou’s little secret, popular with the...

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  • Starbucks with greatest view

    to be frank, I am not a fan for any kind of coffee.. but enjoy a hot coco in this starbucks with the greatest view was the best thing to do in spring morning.. :) There were couple old chinese people playing Ma Jiang next to me.. it was a nice to see.. hehe.. Hangzhounese are really enjoy their life

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  • Trees are reaching the sky...

    It took me 2 hours to strong along the riverside, finally I reached this area. The view was breathtaken for me, my eyes were filled with grand trees and foliages. You know, it might be normal for you. But I am from Shanghai, we barely have real natural stuff around... So it was a precious moment to me. :)

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Hangzhou Sports & Outdoors

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    by Andrew_Liu Updated Oct 26, 2002

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    It is an antique sport beginning from thousands years ago. Integrated sport and art in one item. effect exercise and pretty dance attract a lot of peaple, including old and young man. Many foreigners like it deeply.
    Many chinese like TaiJi sword and can teach you this sport in a short term and free of charge. They like to build friendship and be pleasure to have a chance learning English from you. Do you like it? Contact me. I can help you.

    Equipment: Need a sword. It can be bought in Hangzhou. The producing place of the best sword in China is Zhejiang. Hangzhou is the capital of this province.

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Hangzhou Favorites

  • Useful Hangzhou Websites

    In addition to virtualtourist, you may find additional trip preparation information athttp://www.hangzhou.gov.cn/main/zpd/English/http://en.gotohz.com/web/guest/snjthttp://en.gotohz.com/web/guest/homehttp://www.xixiwetland.com.cn/

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  • Stroll along the West Lake

    The West Lake is the major draw for tourists to Hangzhou. It is often considered to be the most beautiful lake in China. The bright blue lake is exquisite with its back drop of green hill that surround it on three sides. The West Lake is not large being only six square kilometers. The eastern bank of the lake has lengthy promenade where every seems...

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  • Lake of Happiness

    on weekend, just walk by the west lake- see the life of ppl - line dancing, pracitising qi gong, family camping by the garden, walk on the path way thru beds of flowers and cruising on the lake... just dun forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of water as the lake and garden cover big area and u wouldn't wanna miss the fun...

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