Hangzhou, one of the seven ancient capitals in China’s history, enjoys the reputation of being Paradise on Earth, along with its neighbor Suzhou. “Hang”, literally means “ship”, and refers specifically to the ship which the legendary Dayu took while taming floods 4,000 years ago, which shows how ancient Hangzhou is. West Lake in the heart of Hangzhou is a must-see, and cultural sites such as the Lingyin Temple and the Pagoda of Six Harmonies should not be missed. If you are a lover of tea and silk products, educational visits to tea plantations or silk factories can be arranged.
Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It is hot and humid in summer, and cold and damp in winter. Spring and autumn stand out as the most comfortable seasons to visit the area. Try to avoid national holidays as it will be crowded in popular scenic areas.
|Mean Maximum Temperature ℃（℉）||8||10||15||21||26||29||34||33||28||23||17||11||21|
|Mean Minimum Temperature℃（℉）||2||4||7||12||18||21||25||25||21||15||9||4||14|
|Rainfall amount ㎜（inch）||81||88||141||123||129||219||173||162||124||79||72||49||1438|
|Days with Rain（≥ 0.1 mm）||12||12||15||15||14||15||12||14||12||9||9||9||147|
|Mean Monthly Sunshine Duration hrs||102||97||116||141||165||137||213||193||144||145||129||129||1709|
West Lake, embraced on three sides by mountains, is a huge fresh water lake with an area of 6.39 sq.meters. The Lake is divided by Gushan Mountain, Baidi Causeway, Sudi Causeway and Yanggongdi Causeway, resulting in the landscape of one mountain, two pagodas, three islets and five lakes. A leisurely boat cruise on West Lake will take you into the heart of the Lake to visit the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and the Mid-Lake Pavilion. Read more on How to Visit West Lake.
Lingyin Temple, called the Temple of Soul’s Retreat in English, was firstly built in 326 A.D. by a preacher, Huili, from India. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. The biggest wooden Sakjamuni Buddha statue in China sits in the main temple of Lingyin. Learn more about Lingyin Temple.
Fei Lai Feng, also known as the “Peak Flown from Afar”, faces Lingyin Temple and is famous for its lime rock carvings of Buddha completed in the Song and Yuan Dynasties.
Wuzhen Water Town, 80 km away from Hangzhou, is a distinctive water town with many rivers, bridges and beautiful houses from the Qing Dynasty. Wuzhen is divided into four parts, two of which are open to tourists - Dongzha (East Area) and Xizha (West Area). Dongzha maintains the original look with local residents living in the town while Xizha has been reconstructed to keep the ancient style and accommodate tourists with starred hotels and numerous shops.
|Cities||Distance to Hangzhou (km)||By Air to Hangzhou||By High-Speed Railway to Hangzhou|
|Shanghai||202||No direct flight||2hrs|
|Suzhou||160||No direct flight||2hrs|
|Category||Hotel Name||Hotel Class||Why Recommend||Ranking on Trip Advisor|
|International Chain||Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake||5-star||
|Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou||5-star||
|Hyatt Regency Hangzhou||5-star||
|Best Value||Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Wulin||5-star||
|Haihua Hotel Hangzhou||4-star||
|Boutique||Banyan Tree Hangzhou||5-star||