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Hangzhou at a Glance

Hangzhou is a famous Chinese tourist site that used to be an ancient center of culture and agriculture. Modern day Hangzhou has seen ferocious development, but the exquisite West Lake has been kept up as a tranquil place to experience Classical China.

Tourists could spend many days at West Lake. The park complex is so large that different attractions need to be reached by bike our tourist bus. Gorgeous pagodas, romantic park benches, weeping willows, carefully maintained gardens and biking paths are just some of the sights. Wander where your fancy takes you, or plan more concrete visits to the museums, zoo and important buildings in the park.

Outside the West Lake area, explore modern Hangzhou. Trawl for treasures at the famous Wushan Lu Night Market and be sure to drive a hard bargain when you haggle. Head out to eat at a restaurant or pick up some tasty food from a stall. If the crowded urban landscape overwhelms you, seek refuge in the parks, museums and pagoda's you'll find mixed in with the concrete.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to China need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining and a visa appropriate to the type of visit they are making. Travelers will need to visit the website of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to learn their exact requirements and to prepare the appropriate documents. The process is a bit complicated and the requirements must be met in full in order to enter and exit the country successfully. Once in China, all visitors must register with the state.  American citizens can find out more about the process through the U.S State Department's website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity China has earthquakes so be aware of earthquake safety when traveling. Summer in Hangzhou can be blisteringly hot. During intense heat, stay cool and drink enough water to reduce the risk of heat related illness.

      Safety Concerns Petty criminals and pickpockets target foreigners. Keep your money and valuables out of sight while on the street and consider putting little used valuables in a safe at your hotel, or in a money belt.

      Health Concerns Smog is a concern in China and many residents wear face masks when out in the streets. Check air-quality ratings before you go out and plan accordingly. Visitors to China should drink bottled water or boil or purify the local water. Only eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled and be sure to wash food using the purified water.