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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.
Located in Xihu, this luxury resort is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Xixi Wetland Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Zhejiang University and Lingyin Temple. Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and West Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wushan Night Market and West Lake. Wuchaoshan National Forest Park and Zhejiang University First Affiliated Hospital are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Gongshu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hangzhou Opera, Wulin Square and Westlake Culture Plaza. Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and West Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Hangzhou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Former Residence of Sha Menghai and West Lake. Duan Bridge and Broken Bridge are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hangzhou Botanical Garden and Quyuan Park. Yui Fei Temple and Su Di Causeway are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Gongshu, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Westlake Culture Plaza and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from West Lake. Hangzhou Opera and Wulin Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Xiling Seal Engraves Society and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from West Lake. Solitary Hill and Quyuan Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Gongshu, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Yellow Dragon Sports Center, West Lake and Xixi Wetland Park. Zhejiang University and China Fan Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).