Westlake is worth visiting in all 4 seasons. The scenery in different seasons brings you different feeling.
Hangzhou people are very nice & helpful.
Single day visit not worth. 3 days 2 night ideal 1. Xixi Park+grand canal 2. Try trails to bei gao (North pea)k near Lingin temple (cable car available does who hate workout), Nine creeks 3.
West lake+shopping If not a cloudy day go to see sunrise from Yellow dragon cave (area is north of west lake )
one of the famous attractions is xihu westlake. you must have a visit on this lake if you travel around Hangzhou.
the food in Hangzhou is not delicious if compared with my local food in Malaysia. The weather is freezing in winter, try avoid visiting Hangzhou at the end of the year.
This was my 3rd trip to visit west lake in Hangzhou. I experienced very differently whenever i visit the west lake each trip owing to different timing of visits.
Be ready to walk a lot. Do visit the Tea plantations and Lingyan temple. Also spend leisure time at both causeways.
...do see the sound & lights show!
Good tourist locations but is distanced apart, plan ahead your transportation and set aside ample time for the sightseeing.
Botancal Gardens are great, views from the Pagoda fantastic, Westlake is at its best early in the morning.
Lots of places to eat.
Suitable for traveler who love nature with green. The public transport is easy for tourist so really no need to worry about reaching one place to another.
Each attraction point is connected with public commuter.
I rated the friendliness of the citizens with 2. While I encountered a few people who were very friendly and certainly deserved to be rated with 5 points, to my big surprise I encountered several people whose can only be rated with 1 for friendlyness, I would rather call them hostile.
This was very surprising for me and I never encountered this anywhere else in China to this degree. Even if people where sometimes friendly the hostility of some residents was rather shocking to me and I could not figure anything out at all, except for the factor that they probably seriously disliked foreigners. I have been living in China for 2 years and traveled quite a bit as well, though my Chinese is far from the native speaker level I usually do completely fine in my daily live. I am not aware of any faults on my part and simply cannot understand why they reacted that way. The sightseeing and the few very friendly people saved Hangzhous reputation a bit but I will problably not return there. Sightseeing is really great and there are many attractions but the locals... I still do not get it. Might have been a special case or I might have been unlucky but it took place at several locations and I rather think about a certain four letter word regarding Hangzhou. In the end the locals somewhat overshadowed their beautiful city, perhaps because their behavior towards me was such a big surprise for me.
There's a reason it's considered the Venice of the east, and that's because hangzhou is a very beautiful city.
With plenty of history and culture and even though it's a prime tourist city, the locals don't take advantage of this fact like Beijing or Shanghai.the weather isn't very good though rain, hot and humid.
It was my third time to pay visit to this famous city, quite disappointing though. Heads up if you make up your mind to go in Winter and I'd love to persuade you to reschedule your trip, firstly it's because of it's deadness and all the beautiful scenes simply fade away, secondly, the weather would be really annoying.
Also try to be very patient if you happen to need a taxi, and please don't be bothered by their ruddiness. It's astonishing as the drivers are either from local nor do they use the app to get customers, esp for the short distance demand. Food are cheap and amazing there but only if you have all the time in the world to throw yourself into a crowd to wait for. Get yourself a bicycle to rent and you even don't need to pay for that. Try the GreenTea Village which is called 'Long jing Cun' as well as a fictitious land of peace named as 'Mo gan Shan' if you don't mind travel a little bit far by train, which you can obtain the marvellous view of tea terrace and also taste the fresh tea. Find yourself a great hotel with excellent location and maximise the public transportation, then you'll enjoy the simple life there for a few days.
Comfortable, relaxing, leisure, natural ..shopping & varieties of local food. Pricing needs control to reasonable & affordable level for most visitors.
Surprisingly clean and peaceful town with great nature and plenty of sightseeings. Local cuisine is also worth trying out and there are some very nice and authentic shops down town worth visiting.
The town is howerver, as China goes, too busy and people are often rude.
Downtown area around the West Lake is very beautiful and well worth visiting, but only for 1 or 2 nights.
Stay in the West Lake environs to get best experience, even though it will be more expensive.
Amazing city. People are nice and friendly. Sights are amazing, you have the Xi Hu, the LongJing village where longjing tea comes from and numerous mountains and lakes to relax at.
BUT the traffic and the non-existence taxis are impossible! Be prepared to walk alot, so is not recommended for the aged.
A relaxing city with clean air. The natural environment is beautiful. It's fantastic to have a walk around the West Lake.
Nice small airport - Botanical Gardens are beautiful - nice to walk round Westlake. In June the Lotus Flowers come out on the lake.
its an amazing sight
we like the food in Hangzhou,and the friendly native people. Of course, the beautiful nature is most attractive.
Not easy to get the information at the airport upon arrival in the evening. people at the airport were not friendly and impressed shut down.
By the time we arrived in Hangzhou at night, we almost fooled by people who want to rent a taxi for us. Airport Security is also very unhelpful. Better to directly locate the airport official taxi if you want to in the city. See signs installed at the airport, do not easily believe the people who wear clothes security, especially that exist outside the airport doors.
If you are planning just to the west lake, could lead to the North Inner Lake. The scenery is very nice and beautiful.
One of China’s most illustrious tourist drawcards, Hángzhōu’s dreamy West Lake panoramas and fabulously green and hilly environs can easily lull you into long sojourns.
Eulogised by poets and applauded by emperors, the lake has intoxicated the Chinese imagination for aeons. Religiously cleaned by armies of street sweepers and litter collectors. A beautiful city with a lot to offer to all age group people.
The city has a good vibe and makes for some provinicial feelings when coming from Shanghai (only four million inhabitants).
There's only one subway line that takes you from all the train and bus stations to the West Lake Area. The Zhang Yimou show (Impressions West Lake) at the northern shore was a worthwhile early evening activity. South of the lake is a huge wooded area with temples and pagodas arising. Take buses 27 or 87 up to the village of Longjing (longjingcun), where the famous tea is harvested (and aggressively, yet charmingly sold). You can have nice lunch there with one of the families and the tea fields make for a nice walk up the hills. At night the Qinghefang street (southern continuation of Zhongshanzhong Road) is busy with producers of handicraft, Chinese sweet treats and ancient pharmaceutical shops. The relatively nice area east of West Lake has all the big brands you know from elsewhere and the atmosphere is a bit nicer than in the shopping malls of the suburbs.
Definitely one of the best city in China! It's central location means that there are so many attractions within 2 to 3 hours drive from hangzhou, in addition to almost 100 attractions in the city itself.
So much of history, culture in this ancient city. You must visit to understand its charm.
Beware of the soliciting taxi drivers at Hangzhou Airport. They literally take you for a ride. I can provide details of my experience if requested.
The people here are basically rude and dirty. They still spit anywhere they like and push around without saying please or excuse me.
They seldom give up seat to the needy whether it's in the bus or mrt.
The taxi driver is very friendly. however, there are some part time taxi driver who may not familiar with the location and will take an advantage on tourists.
I think it is the best city in China. A lot of canals, parks, hills with nice view points. Many tourists around West Lake but not so much in other also beautiful places.
Ideal for a short holiday. Not very tourist friendly in that most signs are all in Mandarin and not many speak English.
Much of the beauty about Hangzhou revolves around the Westlake. It is huge and would take a full day or two to visit all the famous scenic spots.
Bicycling is an excellent choice, stopping to walk around and explore at each recommended spot. The evening cultural performance choreographed by the famed Zhang Yimou would be worth watching (I loved the one in Lijiang, Yunnan) but advanced booking is needed as there are tourists 365 days a year!
I heard many stories about how beautiful this place is the famous people and famous who went there and the beauty inspired them.
I think the place is nice but I expected it to be better.