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Travel Guide of Hangzhou in China by Influencers

Hangzhou, also romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang, People's Republic of China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo.

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What you will see and do in Hangzhou:

  🏞️ Waterway     🌲 Nature reserve     🏞️ River     🗼 Landmark     🏰 Pagoda  

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Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province, is the fourth largest metropolis in China.

Three hours by train (190 km) southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou is considered the "tourist capital of China",

Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the western lake is punctuated by dykes, bridges, small shaded islands, and bordered by green hills where temples, pagodas, and tea houses are hidden. There, you must taste the famous green tea, Longjing.
Hangzhou is worth visiting mainly for the beauty of the site, the walks in the hills (prefer the dawn or the dusk), the visit of the Tea Museum, the Traditional Medicine Museum, and the Chinese Architecture Mosque, one of the most beautiful in China. The evening market is fun. If you want to stay one or two nights in Hangzhou, it is better to choose the less crowded west bank.

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province, the People's Republic of China.

It is a major tourist resort that attracts visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. 

The famous Western Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a friendly, refreshing, and welcoming place that offers an intense and enjoyable experience.

Hangzhou also has an ancient history, dating back to the 1100s, making it a city with a rich cultural heritage, especially from the Middle Ages. The existence of temples and religious sites completes its appeal.

What to do in Hangzhou?

  • 1. Discover a Chan temple

Located near the center of Hangzhou in the west, Lingyin Temple is the oldest temple in the city. Affiliated with the Chan Buddhist sect, Lingyin was founded in 328 CE and in the 10th century had 3,000 monks. Today, it is smaller in size but retains its historical grandeur. For example, the ceiling of the Hall of Heavenly Kings has exceptional murals of dragons and beasts. The Hall of the Great Hero is even more grandiose and is notable for its huge golden Buddha and numerous saints.

  • 2. Visit the Fei Lai Feng Caves

Right next to Lingyin, another display of Buddhist treasures awaits to be admired. These are the Fei Lai Feng Caves, which are located in Flying Mountain. They have a total of 345 statues and are probably one of the birthplaces of Chinese Buddhism. According to the story, Fei Lai Mountain was flown in from India to plant the seeds of Buddhist enlightenment and devotees have since carved impressive statues into the limestone cliffs.

  • 3. Admire an impressive human work

On its own, Wulinmen is an unassuming pier near Wulin Square in downtown Hangzhou. However, it has a distinctive nuance. Two thousand years ago, Hangzhou became the terminus of the Grand Canal, an incredible waterway linking the north and south of China over a distance of nearly 2000 kilometers. In Hangzhou, you can take a canal cruise to see this engineering marvel as you pass under elegant stone bridges and relive the lifestyle of the merchants who forged China. Few places are as steeped in history.

  • 4. Have fun at the amusement park

At first glance, Hangzhou's largest amusement park seems extravagant, perhaps because it is dedicated to the Song Dynasty (950-1200). In reality, it is a real spectacle. You can watch splendid re-enactments of the sung romances of the time, with acrobats and dance troupes, but also admire the traditional ceremonies in its reconstructed streets or enter some haunted houses. A wide range of illusions coexists in the mysterious street, blending, as everywhere in the park, with history and fun.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Hangzhou

Where to sleep in Hangzhou?

Staying in a good hotel is one of the first steps to a successful vacation. Indeed, a good accommodation can make your vacation even more a bad one can spoil a stay

You will find something for every budget, from small charming guesthouses to large hotels located in the city center, near the main sites to visit, or in the surrounding countryside. That is why we have selected for you the best hotels in Hangzhou, combining comfort and quality of service.

One or two days are enough to visit the city.

The West Lake with its small islands and its profusion of the lotus is a must. In the city center, it is recommended to make a detour to Hefang Jie for its old shops with their carved wooden fronts, in particular the Hu Qing Yu Pharmacy. You can also climb Yuelun Hill to admire the Six Harmonies Pagoda.

  • To complete your stay in Hangzhou, a visit to the Longjing tea plantations in Meijiawu will delight green tea lovers.

  • A trip to Tian Mu Shan National Park (2 hours by bus from Hangzhou) for its subtropical vegetation, bamboo forests, and thousand-year-old Ginkos is also a breathtaking experience.
Hangzhou Bay. It is located in the Yangtze River Delta and is formed by the Qiantang Jiang River which flows into the East China Sea located east of the city.

  • Every year, tourists come on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month (mid-September) to admire the long waves breaking on the bay. At this time, they can measure up to 10 meters high and move at a speed of 30 km per hour.

  • The Hangzhou Bay Bridge in the north of the bay is an impressive building. China put it into service on May 1, 2008. This bridge connects the city of Jiaxing and the city of Ningbo with 35.7 km of the viaduct over the sea and serves the Zhoushan archipelago.

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West Lake

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West Lake is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, China

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