About Hangzhou

At the end of the age-old Grand Canal waterway, stands Hangzhou. The capital of Zhejiang Province, it has been designated by the government as a "Historic and Cultural City". The ancient city is renowned for its multiple handicraft traditions including silk and tea production and porcelain and bronze sculptures. A part of China that speaks loudly about the traditions and practices of the country, there are still little portions or slices that feel cut off from the world, exposing a more raw and undiluted way of life. The experiences here soothing and calming offer tourists a unique perspective into the life of the Chinese. From graceful tea tastings to trekking against mountains surrounded by Buddha statues and caves undisturbed, to the temples ancient, mystical and foreign Hangzhou never seizes to disappoint the adventurous, ever so curious traveller.

Public Transport System

Hangzhou is a major city in Southern China that has a fast and efficient transport network. It has convenient high-speed rail and highway connection with popular tourist cities in this area, like Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness - High Efficiency - High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Buses: Hangzhou's well established bus system is priced very reasonably with most buses charging around CNY 1 to CNY 3 per person. It would be optimal to get a Transportation Smart Card to avail discounts on buses as well most modes of transportation in the city.

Taxis: As the most convenient mode of transportation in Hangzhou, the flag-down fare for a taxi is CNY 11 for the first 3 kms (2 mi). It costs CNY 2.5 per kilometer (0.6 mi) for the following 4-10 km (2.5-6 mi). For the distance of over 10 km (6 mi), the charge is CNY 3.75 per kilometer. It costs for every 4 minutes waiting. The standard cab fare from Xiaoshan Airport to downtown Hangzhou is about CNY 100-150.

Metro: There are three options to purchase a metro ticket.

1. Single Journey Ticket: It is only valid on the day of issue and is recyclable. One person, one card.
2. Tourist Metro Pass: These passes are available at the Customer Service Center of all metro stations. They are classified into two. The first is the One Day Pass which costs CNY 15 and passengers can use it for unlimited rides on the metro within consecutive 24 hours from the first use. The second is the Three Day Pass, costing CNY 40, which can can be used for unlimited rides on the metro within consecutive 72 hours from the first use.
3. Passengers can also pay with regular IC card, and Hangzhou Multifunction Card (Hang Zhou Tong).

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.30
Cup of Coffee USD 4.26
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.98
Rice/Kg USD 1.06
White Bread USD 1.37
Eggs (12) USD 1.37
Combo Meal USD 4.71
Fine Dining USD 0.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.46
Domestic Beer USD 0.91
Imported Beer USD 2.28
Bottle of Wine USD 0.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 2.74
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.67
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.30
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 0.00

Do’s

  • Do exchange money beforehand in the airport otherwise fall into bank procedures for 10 USD even.
  • Do try to take the buses starting with ’Y’ in their numbers first as they are specially constructed buses with open rooftop decks for tourists.
  • Try to stay at five-star Hotels as the staff of many hotels below the five-star rating do not speak English well.
  • Reach on time, the Chinese are very punctual.
  • Greet the elders first then move on to the rest of your party.

Don’ts

  • Don’t take a guide while visiting the renowned West Lake. It is an interesting experience to explore on your own.
  • Don’t take a ride by unscrupulous boat rowers near West Lake as the boat has a price mentioned on it which is RMB 80.
  • Don’t leave your chopsticks upright in your bowl or tap your bowl with them.
  • Don’t draw attention to yourself in a negative way. 
  • Don’t expose too much, the Chinese are traditional and a certain dress code needs to be maintained, especially when touring religious locations.

Night Life

At night, the city has much to offer. Unwind in one of the city's many discotheques, karaoke bars, teahouses and various other kinds of bars. There are multiple themed bars ranging from those involving Chinese Culture to those of jazz and even European culture. West Lake is ideal for a pleasant late night cup of tea to totally relax and refresh oneself. The West Lake offers a special night cruise on the Song Dynasty style longboats as well as rowboats for the more adventurous tourists to use themselves!

Must See

  • West Lake with beautiful pagodas temples and causeways, a stroll around the lake is an absolute must for every traveller who wants to explore the most beautiful site in Huangzhou.
  • Eat at grandma's kitchen at Wulin Square, crowded and a definite eye-opener for all those tourists who feel that they have tasted the best. The equivalent of any high-end food chain in the U.S. it serves local food in a cool, contemporary style.
  • Drink Longjing Tea, which may have a complicated preparation procedure, but its soothing taste and after effect will leave you wanting more.
  • Explore the Lingyin temple and get transported to this beautiful and mystical area giving a Crouching tiger hidden dragon vibe.

Experiences

  • Wuzhen Water Town Tour located at Wuzhen includes a full-day tour to the picturesque canals of Xitang and the rare chance to explore Chinese history at the Hundred-Bed Museum, traditional wine-brewing experience at Sanbai Wine Workshop, a look at ancient cloth-making practices at Hongyuan Thai and a rowing boat excursion to explore the sights of the old town.
  • Zhang Yimou Impression West Lake show includes a revealing insight into Chinese culture via costumes, music & dance, a thrilling theatrical performance based on local legends, stunning choreography on stage just below the lake’s surface and witnessing the landscape of the famous West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Activities

Lin'an Daming Mountain Ski
Ski
Daming Mountain Scenic Area, Baiguo Village, Qingliang Town, Changhua, Lin'an, Zhejiang
Distance From City Center
117 km from city center
Hangzhou Zhong Wei Sunny Hotel
Casino
108 Jiefang Rd., Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Distance From City Center
3.9 km from city center
Zhejiang Grand Hotel
Casino
No.595 Yanan Road, Hangzhou, China
Distance From City Center
1.4 km from city center
Blossom Hill Hotels Resorts
Casino
Tianmushan Road & Wuchang Road (Longshezui Entrance), Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310032, China
Distance From City Center
11.9 km from city center
Zhong Wei Goethe Hotel
Casino
19 Xi Hu Avenue, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Distance From City Center
6.2 km from city center
Putuoshan Island
Beach
southeast Shanghai, Zhoushan , Zhejiang province, China
Distance From City Center
245 km from city center
Hangzhou Safari Park
Safari
1 Jiulong Ave, Fuyang Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
Distance From City Center
35 km from city center
Ningbo Shanglianggang Ski Resort
Ski
Xikou Town, Fenghua, Ningbo, Zhejiang
Distance From City Center
179 km from city center
Fuchun Golf Resort
Golf
Hangfu Yanjiang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang N/D
Distance From City Center
9.4 km from city center
Hangzhou Xihu International Golf and Country Club
Golf
No. 200 Zhijiang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310024
Distance From City Center
21.4 km from city center
Hangzhou Jiuqiao Golf and Country Club
Golf
Hangzhou Jiuqiao Golf and Country Club, Hangzhou, Zhejiang N/D
Distance From City Center
29 km from city center
Anji Jiangnan Tianchi ski resort
Ski
Jiangnan Tianchi Scenic Area, Henglu Village, Tianhuangping Town, An'ji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang
Distance From City Center
97.1 km from city center
Hangzhou Zoo
Zoo
1 Jiulong Ave, Fuyang Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
Distance From City Center
9.2 km from city center

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- Snuff Boxes

- Tea

- Cotton Quilts

- Vintage Cosmetics

- Silk Scarves

- Calligraphy

- Jade

- Handmade Confectioneries

- Embroidered garments

- Combs

- Chinese Fans

- Herbal Amulets

- Bamboo Ornaments

Official Language

Chinese (Mandarin)

Other Language

Wu, Shaoxing, and Ningbo

Spoken Language

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Currency

Yuan (CNY)

Population

6.24 (Millions)

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Weather

Overcast Clouds 8.12°C

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TimeZone

21:02 PM (GMT +08:00)

 

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Ambulance

120

 

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Police

110

 

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N/A

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Airport Name / IATA Code

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport - HGH

Best time to visit

March, April, May, October, November

Moderate time to visit

May, June, October, September

Worst time to visit

December, January, February

Taxi

Start Tariff: CNY 11.00

1 Km. Tariff: CNY 2.80

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: CNY 48.75

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