Hangzhou West Lake and a paradise on earth

Hangzhou Travel Guide of China

Things to do in Hangzhou

  • West Lake

    West Lake

  • Lingyin Temple

    Lingyin Temple

  • Hefang Street

    Hefang Street

  • Songcheng

    Songcheng

  • Nine creeks and eighteen gullies

    Nine creeks and eighteen gullies

  • Meijiawu Tea Village

    Meijiawu Tea Village

The top sites in Hangzhou

Having been built similar to Boston, the city of Hangzhou impresses many tourists that visit there. Its West Lake has been renowned throughout China and is considered to be one of the landscapes that many should see. Hangzhou was called a “paradise on Earth” by Marco Polo in one of his publications. Everything in this city is surrounded by nature encouraging relaxation and recreation. The city is considered a perfect example of the coexistence of humanity and nature.

Hangzhou Overview 

Hangzhou has developed through the construction of the Grand Canal that links Beijing and Hangzhou which make the city one of the most prosperous in China. As one of the seven ancient capitals of China, Hangzhou served as the centers of Wuyue Kingdom in 10th century and Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 to 1279. It was once considered one of the most populated cities in the world and became rich through trading silk, porcelain and paper. 
By the Tang Dynasty, poets, artists and writers began to describe its beauty. There is a very famous saying, "In heaven there is paradise, on Earth, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou" as well as, “It must be born in Suzhou, eat in Guangzhou, live in Hangzhou and die in Liuzhou.” Even Marco Polo described the city as "the noblest of cities, the city of Paradise." Today, the city has not lost its beauty and attracts more travelers worldwide. The convenience of Hangzhou was modeled after Boston in its level of development, ease of access through public transportation, natural scenery and cultural artifacts that are preserved.

Hangzhou Specialties

Hangzhou is one of the best developed cities of China, which keeps its traditions alive. Thus, the city is famous for its silk but especially for its tea. Longjing Tea, or Dragon Well Tea, are grown in the hills around the lake and are one of the most famous teas in the country. 
The Traditional Chinese Medicine has also reached a new level in Hangzhou. The Pharmacy of Huqingyutang highlight the benefits of Chinese medicine. Moreover, many dishes are well-known in Hangzhou cuisine. There, you can taste the West Lake Fish, Fried Shrimp with Longjing Tea, Dongpo Pork and Beggar’s Chicken while you travel in Hangzhou.

Must-see in Hangzhou 

You haven’t seen Hangzhou if you haven't taken a cruise or a walk along the West Lake. West Lake is one of the most beautiful sceneries in China, especially at night when there are sometimes light shows for the locals.
In the hills surrounding the lake on three sides, you can explore the hidden wonders of Hangzhou, including: the Lingyin Temple and the Peak Flying from Afar, Longjing Tea Plantation in Meijiawu village, Yunqi Bamboo Forest and Leifeng Pagoda. To have the bird view of the Qiantang River, the Six Harmonies Pagoda is one of the best places to visit. 
To return to the time of the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, you can walk on Hefang Street and visit Songcheng theme park. 
For the other sites in Hangzhou, you can also visit the Thousand Island Lake in Qiandao Lake. Moreover, spend a night in Wuzhen Water Town in Tongxiang before visiting Shanghai to maximize your trip.

Best Time to Travel to Hangzhou

Located about 180 kilometers away from Shanghai, the climate is similar. It is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Spring is beautiful as flowers bloom throughout the city, which is a pleasant time to visit Hangzhou, as well as the fall. However, each season brings its own charm, it is up to you to decide when you’d prefer to visit.

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