Hangzhou

Travel Guide
West Lake featuring a garden and a lake or waterhole

Sensational natural beauty and a host of preserved cultural icons make this region of China a favorite among tourists.

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.

Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
5 out of 5
No 399 Juyuan Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,042 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Located in Jianggan, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MIXC Mall and Hangzhou Grand Theatre. Zhejiang University Huajiachi Campus and Century Park ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"room is spacious , well lighted, good view better than average hotel near west lake"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Hangzhou Marriott Hotel Qianjiang
Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou
Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,146 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in Gongshu, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wulin Square, Hangzhou Botanical Garden and Xixi Wetland Park. Broken Bridge and West Lake are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Food, gym, pool are highlights here
"Hotel feels new and clean. Gym, pool, and food definite highlights. Buffet, German, Chinese restaurants all worth it. Rooms are ok. Executive Suite is large but lacks detail and warmth. Regular king room has a strange layout with the bathroom sink and mirror in the entranceway. All in all a decent ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou
Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou
Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou
5 out of 5
6 Changshou Road, Kerry Central, Yan'an Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is HK$1,409 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Located in Xihu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Lake and Broken Bridge. Hangzhou Botanical Garden and Zhejiang University are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (147 reviews)
Great place to stay.
"Liked all of it, very nice place."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou
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Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 28 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
The price is HK$744 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
This family-friendly Hangzhou aparthotel is located in a regional park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Yellow Dragon Sports Center and Huanglong Stadium. West Lake is ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (273 reviews)
"I love the Oakwood in Hangzhou. I rate it 5 of 5. I stay here on each of 10 visits. Great location, scores of restaurant in the Oakwood complex. 24 hour Family Mart. 24 hour fitness center. And the greatest king size bed that knocks you out. Many rooms are like big apartments. A nice reasonable restaurant ..."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Oakwood Residence Hangzhou
Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
4 out of 5
The price is HK$796 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Located in Yuhang District, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Zhejiang University, Lingyin Temple and Hangzhou Botanical Garden. West Lake and Broken ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
New Hotel with great hospitality, two thumbs up.
"A very new hotel. The room is large and clean. The staff are very friendly. Will definitely come back. A new shopping arcade is just next door with plenty of restaurant and a large supermarket. A perfect stay. The only downside is WiFi coverage is not strong enough."

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2019

Marriott Executive Apartments Hangzhou
Somerset IOC Hangzhou
Somerset IOC Hangzhou
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$796 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hangzhou Opera and West Lake. Wulinmen Wharf and Zhejiang Museum of Natural History ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
An Almost Perfect Hotel Experience.
"One of the best hotels I have stayed in. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The views from my room were terrific. The hotel provided many complimentary hygiene products such as laundry detergent, high quality dental utensils and great smelling body wash and shampoo. Although the location of ..."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

Somerset IOC Hangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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