Hangzhou or Hangchow-(háng zhōu), is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and fascinating history, including the famous West Lake, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its traditional tea culture, where visitors can enjoy a cup of Hangzhou's famous Dragon Well tea and explore its tea plantations, in addition to visiting historic temples such as the Lingyin Temple and the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and shopping in the bustling Hefang Street and Jiangnan Silk Market, making it an ideal destination for those who want to experience a unique blend of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Moreover, some interesting cultural activities can add to your Hangzhou tour and spotlight it. Customize your Private Hangzhou tour now >>
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Top attractions and best sightseeing
The top attractions and best sightseeing in Hangzhou include the breathtaking West Lake with its scenic walking paths and tranquil boat rides, the impressive Lingyin Temple with its intricate carvings and ancient artifacts, the awe-inspiring Xixi National Wetland Park with its natural beauty and diverse wildlife, the historic Grand Canal with its cultural significance and unique architecture, and the picturesque Hefang Street with its traditional shops, delicious street food, and vibrant atmosphere.
Best Hangzhou Tour Packages
For those seeking the best Hangzhou tours, there are several options to consider including visits to the iconic West Lake, exploring the historic Lingyin Temple, experiencing the local tea culture with a visit to a tea plantation, discovering the beauty of the Grand Canal, and taking a stroll through the charming ancient village of Wuzhen.
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Interesting hands-on cultural activities and safe adventures
Hangzhou, a vibrant city, offers a plethora of interesting hands-on cultural activities and safe adventures, from learning the traditional art of tea making and silk production to exploring the serene beauty of the West Lake by bike or boat, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and nature while ensuring their safety.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Hangzhou Tours
Hangzhou is one of the safest cities in China, but small crime like pick pocketing is still rampant and you should keep alert at all times.
West Lake is famous and popular among Chinese people because of the romantic love story between Bai Suzhen (a snake spirit) and Xu Xi'an (a doctor) at West Lake.
Silk, Longjing tea, and lotus root starch are good choice as souvenirs when in Hangzhou.
There are authentic Hangzhou cuisines at Hefang Street (河坊街), Zhongshan South Road Food Street (中山南路美食街), Baoshu Road Food Street (保俶路美食街) and Gaoyin Lane (高银街) in Hangzhou.
A stroll around the West Lake to enjoy the night view, a night cruise on the Grand Canal, the night Show - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, a visit to the night market, fun time at bars or teahouses could be good choices to enrich your night life in Hangzhou.
If you have tight schedule, one day is quite enough for Hangzhou highlights, like West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar and Dragon Well Tea Village. If you have 2 to 3 days, the nearby water towns also worth a visit.
The two water towns each have its own characteristics and flavors. Many local people still live here. You can find more rich folk customs and historical connotation here at Wuzhen Water Town. Besides, the night scene here is quite amazing. Regarding Nanxun Water Town, it is the only ancient town with a combination of Chinese and Western styles. The rich people in Nanxun have been the majority since ancient times, so the major scenic spots here are private homes and gardens of the rich people.
Bullet train is considered the most convenient, cost-effective and fastest way between Hangzhou and Shanghai, only taking an hour.
Hangzhou is suitable for travel all year round due to the relatively pleasant weather, but spring and autumn are popular seasons among visitors as the scenery along the West Lake is quite beautiful. The weather in autumn is very cool and pleasant.
Visitors could easily reach Shanghai (famous for the Bund and Pearl TV Tower), Suzhou (famous for water towns and classic manmade gardens) and Huangshan (famous for heritage villages and Yellow Mountain) by bullet train.
Generally speaking, 2 days are quite enough for Hangzhou highlights, which cover West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Plantation, Hefang Street and Wuzhen or Nanxun Water Town. If you have more time to travel, you may take some day trips to Shanghai or Suzhou.