City of Hangzhou | 杭州市.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Hangzhou (map) is in *Zhejiang Province, China. It is one of the most important tourist cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.

” 上有天堂,下有苏杭 ” – Heaven has paradise, Earth has Suzhou and Hangzhou. (Chinese proverb). Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake (西湖, map) have been immortalized by countless poets and artists.

Even Marco Polo claimed to have passed through, calling it beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011.

West Lake (map) The east side of the lake is easily accessed by Metro – Longxiangqiao station (line 1) or Fengqilu station (lines 1,2). Hangzhou’s most famous scenic sight.

It is traditional to see the 10 Scenes of the West Lake and 10 New Scenes, and thousands of the visitors dutifully do so every year. However, these particular sites are overrated, and often seasonal (Snowfall Over Broken Bridge, etc.).

Rather than make a checklist and walking back and forth looking for them, simply spend a clear day wandering the circumference of the lake and the causeways, take a ferry to the islands, and you will probably cover most of the sites anyway. The lake is quite large – the walk around it is about 12km long.

Wushan Square (吴山广场, map). Wushan Square and Wushan Hill are major town centres in Hangzhou. This area also features easy access to Hefang Jie shopping street at the base of the hill, full of small pedestrian streets and shopping stalls. It is also extremely close to the West Lake.

Zhejiang Museum (浙江省博物馆, map). On the north side of West Lake Scenic Area. The largest comprehensive museum in Zhejiang province. Contains many rarely-seen treasures from Zhejiang, especially the celadon porcelains. It shows the elite culture of traditional China in Jiangnan region.

Dreaming of the Tiger Spring (虎跑梦泉, map). A spring as well as a scenic and historic destination. The area includes wooded pathways, streams, bamboo groves, tea houses, historic structures, as well as the spring itself and other sights.

Hangzhou is one of the premier places to eat in China, and its local cuisine features dishes that consist more of pork and seafood rather than beef and lamb, as those are typically found in the north and west regions of China.

Shanghai — About an hour away by train. Suzhou — Around two hours away by bus (or train). Buses leave several times per hour from the bus station at northeast of city.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

The easiest way around Hangzhou is the metro system (wiki).

BAOLAU.com – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

Also сheck оut мore info: TransportationTips for Your China Train Trip (chinahighlights.com)

BUS: A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

TRAIN: Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >> seat61.com  (*Rail travel in China)

AIRPORT: The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

Westlaker: To embrace tea culture in Hangzhou.

Makiko Chiba, a Japanese who teaches in Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, has a great passion for Chinese culture. To her, the #WestLake in Hangzhou is the root and soul of #Hangzhou. She recently took a journey along which Wengjiashan, one of the significant origins of West Lake #LongjingTea stood out, where she also learned to fry the tea leaves and the tea culture from locals.

video source: Hangzhou Feel / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.

chinahighlights.com

China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs.

chinahighlights.com – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.

Food

China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.