Hangzhou

Travel Guide
West Lake featuring a lake or waterhole and a park
Sensational natural beauty and a host of preserved cultural icons make this region of China a favourite 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 kilometres) 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 marvelling at the sumptuous halls of Lingyin Temple.

Take time to relax in the parks and gardens surrounding West Lake. Enjoy the colours 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

Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
5 out of 5
333 West Lake Avenue, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310002
The price is S$170 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (370 reviews)
Good hotel in great location
"Great location, very helpful staff. Virus means breakfast is limited but still very good. Right by the lake, wonderful. Good English spoken. Room great too. Walking distance to lake,pagoda, shops. Thoroughly recommend."

Reviewed on 2 May,2020

Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
5 out of 5
No 399 Juyuan Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310016
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$182 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"A true 5-stars-service experience. Some of the 5-star hotels in China are not maintaining the high-standard service you expect, but you can trust Marriott. Although the rooms are not as "smart" as recently-built hotels, their services will give you the true 5-star stress-free stays."

Reviewed on 9 Jul,2022

Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake
5 out of 5
5 Lingyin Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310013
The price is S$888 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free Internet, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (152 reviews)
Amazing
"Special stay, service is amazing, great location, great breakfast."

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2021

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake
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Somerset IOC Hangzhou
Somerset IOC Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 2477 Jinji Road, Hangzhou, 311215
The price is S$140 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (11 reviews)
Wrong location on maps !!!
"I booked the hotel as I intended to stay in the city center center Wulin Square and West Lake. As I wanted to go to the Hotel, I noticed that the location on the map that Hotels.com provides and the actual location are totally different . In fact the hotel is not anywhere near the center but far ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jun,2022

Somerset IOC 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, 311100
The price is S$159 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (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 12 Feb,2019

Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 28 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310012
The price is S$150 per night from 13 Aug to 14 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (273 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 23 Nov,2019

Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
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