General Information of Hangzhou

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Location: It is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China


Population: a registered population of 8.7 million people.

Features of Hangzhou City


Renowned for its beautiful scenery and praised as “the Heaven on earth”, Hangzhou is one of the top ten tourist cities in China.


Culture of Hangzhou City

Language: The native residents of Hangzhou, like those of Zhejiang and southern Jiangsu, speak a Wu dialect. However, the Wu dialect varies throughout the area where it is spoken. Hence, Hangzhou's dialect differs from regions in southern Zhejiang and southern Jiangsu.

Tea: It is an important part of Hangzhou's economy and culture. Hangzhou is best-known for originating Longjing, a notable variety of green tea, the most notable type being Xi Hu Long Jing. A taste of Long Jing Tea is a must in your Hangzhou tour.
Crafts: Hangzhou is known for its artistic creations, such as silk, umbrellas, and Chinese hand-held folding fans.
Attractions of Hangzhou


The China Tea Museum: The museum in Hangzhou is clustered around the tea plantations. Inside the museum, the flower corridors, fake hills, ponds and water-side pavilions are well integrated.


Lingyin Temple: It is a famous scenic spot. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures.


West Lake: The beauty of the West Lake lies in its remaining charm that survives the change of seasons in a year and of hours in a day. Hangzhou tour while wandering around West Lake is fantastic.


Leifeng Pagoda: Leifeng Sunset is one of the ten sights of the West Lake, which is an octagonal five-story tall tower with historical stories and interesting legends going along all the time in Hangzhou.


Wuzhen Water Town: Ancient water town with a history of 1200 years Famous for its beautiful rivers and lakes .Wu Town nearby Hangzhou is not only famous for its beautiful rivers and lakes, but also for being the hometown of the famous writer Mao Dun.


Nightlife in Hangzhou


The nightlife at Hangzhou is vigorous and fascinating. If you want to spend your nightlife in a traditional Chinese way, enjoying traditional performances, or sipping tea in a Chinese tea house, try the tea houses and theaters.


And if you want to spend your night hours in a modern and western way, try the various bars and pubs. There are all kinds of pubs and bars to the tastes of different tourists, mainly gathering in Nanshan Road and Hubin Road of Hangzhou.

Impression West Lake: Performance of "Impression West Lake" is a unique metropolitan out-door performance on natural stage setting in the world. Contented with the myths and legends of the West Lake, the show leads you to a sweet thousand-year dream. It is a high praise and a greeting for the West Lake culture in Hangzhou.

Hangzhou Song Show: Hangzhou Song Show is a theme park named “Song City”, in which travelers could learn about the residents’ daily life in Song Dynasty (960-1126). Moreover, they can enjoy lots of fork performances like the lion dance, moon worshipping, Song-style wedding ceremony, as well as taste delicious local snacks.

West Lake Cruise: West Lake is still the number one destination for Hangzhou tour at night. West Lake at night, you will find it more mysterious and charming. You can have a lake cruise in small wooden boat, or have a free walking along the lake.

Nanshan Road: If you like nightlife in the bar, Nanshan road of Hangzhou must be the most beautiful bar street you have ever been. Just by the south bank of the West Lake, Nanshan Road is lined with all kinds of different style of bars.


Hangzhou Food


Hangzhou dishes are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Many local specialties will be sure to make your trip a cultural experience.


We recommend that you try Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea during your tasty Hangzhou tour.


Shopping in Hangzhou


Being one of China's famous tourist cities, Hangzhou is a bright pearl in the Yangtze River Delta. Shopping in Hangzhou is an amazing experience. If you are in Hangzhou and are a complete shopping freak and love to shop till you drop then there is a reason to rejoice since Hangzhou is considered as the "shopper's paradise". Hangzhou offers a superb collection of arts and crafts and other local specialties.

Longjing Tea (Dragon Well Tea): It is a superb variety of green tea, famous for its unique green color, fragrant aroma and sweet taste.

Wangxinji Fans: Elegant Hangzhou Wangxinji fans were first made during the Song Dynasty and include 15 different types, of which black paper fans and sandalwood fans are the most renowned.


Hangzhou Silk: Hangzhou Silk are produced in Hangzhou with more than 200 varieties and over 2000 kinds of designs and colors in which the design is novel and fashion.

West Lake Silk Umbrellas: West Lake umbrellas, made of bamboo and silk, are called the flower of West Lake for their beautiful style. Choose among silk umbrellas, rainbow umbrellas, dancing umbrellas, and acrobatics umbrellas as souvenir in Hangzhou tour.


Shopping Area1: Hangzhou Silk City


It is the best place for purchasing silk and the biggest silk wholesale and retail market in China with more than 600 silk enterprises dealing in a wide variety of pure silk fabrics, garments, handicraft articles, scarves, and ties.


Shopping Area 2: Qinghefang Street


It is not only the most famous street for shopping in the history of Hangzhou, but also the only one old block with fair preservation. Besides, it is a story book that has noted down Hangzhou's profound history.


Hangzhou Travel Guide


Hangzhou Travel Tips 1: Transportation in Hangzhou

1. Taxi: It is very convenient to take a taxi in Hangzhou and there is 24 hour service. Taxies charge according to the meter. The start price is RMB10 Yuan within 4 kilometers. RMB 2 Yuan a kilometer is charged within 8 kilometers and RMB 2.


2. Car Rental: In Hangzhou, car rental has become a new choice for travelers. Rental prices vary with different models of cars. The rental price of the same model is also different in different companies.


3. Ship Transport: Boat trips from Hangzhou to Suzhou or Wuxi along the Grand Canal are available. Boats often depart at night and arrive at the destination in the early morning. This service is usually only available in summer or peak seasons.


4. Bicycle: Bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Hangzhou, particularly West Lake. Restaurants and stalls by West Lake have bikes for rental.

5. Public Bus: As an important tourism city, Hangzhou has good public transportation. Public buses go virtually everywhere in the city proper. Bus fares are very cheap.

  Hangzhou Travel Tips 2: Best Time to Visit Hangzhou


Hangzhou weather belongs to a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons, characterized by rainy spring, hot and damp summer, cool and clear autumn and cold and dry winter. Due to the abundant sunshine and plentiful rainfall, Hangzhou enjoys a good fame of "Land of Fish and Rice" and "Paradise on Earth".

Owing to the fine and comfortable weather in Hangzhou, Hangzhou is an all-year-round tourist destination. But the best time to visit Hangzhou are spring and autumn, and autumn even better. In spring, you can see the peach blossom around the West Lake. While in autumn, you may enjoy the best combination of mild temperatures and little rain.


Spring in Hangzhou

Generally, speaking spring starts in March. April and May are the best months to visit Hangzhou with the average temperature between 9-15ºC (48.2 ºF-59 ºF).The weather warms up and becomes humid gradually, but with frequent and sharp changes of temperature and weather condition in Hangzhou.


Summer in Hangzhou


Summer lasts from June to September. Weather in Hangzhou is very hot and humid in summer. The average temperature is usually well above 27 ºC (80.6 ºF).June, July, and August are the rainy season with frequent showers. In August, Hangzhou is occasionally hit by typhoons. In fact, Typhoons seldom strike it directly, but often bring heavy rain.


Autumn in Hangzhou

Autumn is from October to November. The pleasant dry and cool weather makes it the best time to visit Hangzhou. Clear skies and bracing air can be enjoyed almost every day. The average temperature is 17 ºC (62.6 ºF). Large temperature difference between day and night is very common. And the relatively humidity is small compared to spring and summer.


Winter in Hangzhou

Hangzhou Winter is from December to February. Winter is cold at just above freezing on average, with heavy humidity, and it snows sometimes. January is the coldest month with the low temperature dropping to -3 ºC (26 ºF). The average low and high temperature are respectively at 2 ºC (35.6 ºF) and 6 ºC (48.2 ºF).

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