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Hangzhou
Travel Guide

Sensational natural beauty and a host of preserved cultural icons make this region of China a favorite among tourists.

Visit Hangzhou to discover historical streets and canals plus gorgeous natural surroundings. Hangzhou is one of China's biggest tourist attractions.

Hangzhou was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, which began in 1127, until the Mongols invaded in 1276. Back then, the city was populated by 1 million people. That's now ballooned to close to 9 million. Find high-quality and abundant accommodation in many parts of the city. Locals generally welcome foreigners readily.

Acquaint yourself with downtown Hangzhou by taking a stroll along Qinghefang Street, the city's best-preserved thoroughfare. Mingle with the locals, watch traditional handicrafts being made and sample delicacies like roasted walnuts and “dragon-whisker” candy. Next, visit China Silk City to sift through quality fabrics; remember to barter before buying.

Another walk you must take while in Hangzhou is along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. You probably won't want to cover the entire length, since it is over 1,000 miles (1,700 kilometers) long. However far you get, appreciate it as the earliest and longest man-made canal anywhere.

The main reason for Hangzhou's tourist trade is undeniably West Lake. This enchanting body of freshwater is a UNESCO site and has been preserved and restored accordingly. Spend a weekend walking over Broken Bridge, climbing to the base of Baochu Pagoda and marveling at the sumptuous halls of Lingyin Temple.

Take time to relax in the parks and gardens surrounding West Lake. Enjoy the colors of the tulip festival held at Prince Bay Park every spring. For other walks among trees and flowers, visit Hangzhou Botanical Garden.

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport provides regular flights to and from Hong Kong and Beijing. Get around Hangzhou on the convenient bus and subway networks. Rent a boat or bike along West Lake’s shores to enjoy a pleasant jaunt. Humidity is high in Hangzhou between June and September. In spring and winter, the climate is very comfortable and the scenery magical.

Where to stay in Hangzhou

Top Hotels in Hangzhou

Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang
Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang
4 out of 5
868 Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is $66 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Binjiang, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Liuhe Pagoda, Hupao Valley Spring, and Dreaming of the Tiger Spring. Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln ...

4.1/5Very Good! (73 reviews)
Excellent service

"This hotel provided excellent service in English. The building was a bit old and the decor needed some updating but it was a great value."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang
Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou
Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou
5 out of 5
6 Changshou Road, Kerry Central, Yan'an Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is $162 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Lake and Broken Bridge. Hangzhou Botanical Garden and Zhejiang University are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (144 reviews)

"The hotel is excellent. Location is desirable. The staff is very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou
Conrad Hangzhou
Conrad Hangzhou
5 out of 5
228 Xinye Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou
The price is $164 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Jianggan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIXC Mall and Hangzhou Grand Theatre. Chongyi Church is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)

"New hotel, large room with fantastic views, nice and friendly staff. Free vip service to take you to airport or train station. We really enjoy to stay there."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Conrad Hangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hangzhou

Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou
Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou
4 out of 5
18F,T1,No.228 Xinye Road, Qianjiang New Town, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is $167 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Jianggan, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIXC Mall and Hangzhou Grand Theatre. Chongyi Church is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)

"Great rooms and facilities as a service apartment"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 28 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Hangzhou aparthotel is located in a regional park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Precious Stone Hill, and Zhejiang ...

4.3/5Excellent! (270 reviews)

"I love the Oakwood in Hangzhou. I rate it 5 of 5. I stay here on each of 10 visits. Great location, scores of restaurant in the Oakwood complex. 24 hour Family Mart. 24 hour fitness center. And the greatest king size bed that knocks you out. Many rooms are like big apartments. A nice reasonable restaurant ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2019

Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
4 out of 5
EFC Tower 3, No 89 LianChuang Street, Future Sci-Tech City, Yuhang, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is $100 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Yuhang District, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Zhejiang University, Lingyin Temple, and Hangzhou Botanical Garden. Broken Bridge and ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
New Hotel with great hospitality, two thumbs up.

"A very new hotel. The room is large and clean. The staff are very friendly. Will definitely come back. A new shopping arcade is just next door with plenty of restaurant and a large supermarket. A perfect stay. The only downside is WiFi coverage is not strong enough."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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