Renowned for its natural scenic beauty and The West Lake

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  • Location:Zheijang Province
  • Population:9,500,000 +
  • Attractions:The West Lake

Dreamy panoramas and fabulously green hills

Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalised by countless poets and artists. With a bustling population, Hangzhou ranks as one of China's most popular tourist attractions. It is the political, economic and cultural centre of Zhejiang province, siting southwest of Shanghai.

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Things to do in Hangzhou

As well as West Lake, Hangzhou is home to ancient pagodas and temples, complete with Buddhist treasures and relics. Be sure to visit Beishan Road and discover the lotus blooms that stretch to the horizon.

Getting around

Hangzhou has one of the world's best public bike systems, and developed China's first bike sharing system in 2008. As well as this, public transport is very convenient with buses, subway and taxis all good choices.

Travel links

Hangzhou Xiashan International Airport offers the opportunity to travel to more than 80 domestic cities. The main train stations offer high speed trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and more. You're only a 50 minute train ride from Shanghai.

Do I need to pack shorts?

Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate, with a clear distinction between the four seasons. The annual average temperature is 17°C+. Summer is hot and humid, while winter is cool and dry.

Is that food I smell cooking?

Hangzhou's cuisine features sweet and light flavours, and is recognised as one of the eight major schools of cuisine in China. Famous dishes include Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea and Sweet and Sour West Lake Fish.

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