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Hangzhou Travel Guide

Hangzhou

Heralded as one of the most romantic cities in China, Hangzhou is ripe with historic and sensual sites to enchant the amorous and curious who make their way here. Just over 200km southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou requires only a short jaunt to scratch the surface of its charming pagodas, the timeless West Lake and modern amenities.

Hangzhou's legendary West Lake conjures images of sweeping willows and morning mist along the shores of China's most famous and revered of lakes.

What really put Hangzhou on the proverbial map is the Grand Canal. Built during the Sui dynasty, the Grand Canal was a massive network of canals and waterways linking Hangzhou to the north. Food and goods were shipped from the agriculturally rich south to supply the comparatively desolate north, as Hangzhou quickly developed into an important place of transportation and trade.

The height of Hnagzhou's powers came when the Song dynasty court was driven from its capital at Kaifeng by northern invaders, and the Song court resettled in here and made it the imperial capital of the Southern Song dynasty. A population boom followed and the city flourished economically and culturally. Song influences are still commonly found throughout the city, from the food to the dialect.

Hangzhou Memorable Experiences
Climbing the earth carved ascent up Baoshi Shan in early afternoon to view the mist rise over West Lake.

Strolling along the lake front with an iced coffee in one hand and camera in the other.


Renting a tandem bicycle from one of the many street vendors and pedaling past the different sights on the Baidi Causeway.

Top Hangzhou Tours

15 Days China Glorious Gardens Tour

  • Tour Code: GT-01
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangshuo-Hangzhou-Suzhou-Shanghai

From USD
$2348

Summary: A relaxing 15-day tour in from Beijing to Shanghai, enjoying the beautiful scenery and learn more in botanical garden..

Amazing East China Tour

  • Tour Code: SH-0121
  • Days: 5
  • Destination: Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou

From USD
$525

Summary: This tour shows you both the classic and modern aspects of Shanghai..

15 Days Classic China Tour - A

  • Tour Code: CCG17
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Being-Xian-Nanjing-Hangzhou-WuxiSuzhou-Shanghai-Hangzhou

From USD
$1626

Summary: Experience the natural wonders and culture of China by taking this Classic China Tour..

Hangzhou Day Trip to Moganshan

  • Tour Code: HZ101
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Hangzhou, Moganshan

From USD

Summary: Hangzhou summer escape to Moganshan. Moganshan tour from Hangzhou with trustworthy travel agent..

Shanghai Bus Tour to Hangzhou

  • Tour Code: SHB07
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Shanghai-Hangzhou

From USD
$154

Summary: Join-in Shanghai coach tours to Hangzhou, depart every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, best value of your money..