HANGZHOU

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ABOUT HANGZHOU

OVERVIEW

Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium, due in part to its beautiful natural scenery. The city’s West Lake is its best-known attraction.

Hangzhou will host the G20 summit in September 2016 and host the 2022 Asian Games.

The city proper consists of six districts; Shengheng, Xiacheng, Jianggan, Gongshu, Xihu and Binjiang.

 

HISTORY

Southern Song Dynatsy

Hangzhou was chosen as the new capital of the Southern Song dynasty in 1132, when most of northern China had been conquered by the Jurchens in the Jin–Song wars. The Song court had retreated south to the city in 1129 from its original capital in Kaifeng, after it was captured by the Jurchens in the Jingkang Incident of 1127. From Kaifeng they moved to Nanjing, modern Shangqiu, then to Yangzhou in 1128. The government of the Song intended it to be a temporary capital. However, over the decades Hangzhou grew into a major commercial and cultural center of the Song dynasty. It rose from a middling city of no special importance to one of the world’s largest and most prosperous. Once the prospect of retaking northern China had diminished, government buildings in Hangzhou were extended and renovated to better befit its status as an imperial capital and not just a temporary one. The imperial palace in Hangzhou, modest in size, was expanded in 1133 with new roofed alleyways, and in 1148 with an extension of the palace walls.

From the early 12th century until the Mongol invasion of 1276, Hangzhou remained the capital and was known as Lin’an. It served as the seat of the imperial government, a center of trade and entertainment, and the nexus of the main branches of the civil service. During that time the city was a gravitational center of Chinese civilization: what used to be considered “central China” in the north was taken by the Jin, an ethnic minority dynasty ruled by Jurchens.

 

Yuan Dynasty

The city of Hangzhou was besieged and captured by the advancing Mongol armies of Kublai Khan in 1276, three years before the final collapse of the empire. The capital of the new Yuan Dynasty was established in the city of Dadu (Beijing).

The Venetian merchant Marco Polo supposedly visited Hangzhou in the late 13th century. In his book, he records that the city was “greater than any in the world.” He called the city Kinsay, Quinsai, or Kinsai, which is unrelated to its then-current names but seems to be a Persianized form of the Chinese word for “capital”. Although he exaggerated that the city was over one hundred miles in diameter and had 12,000 stone bridges, he still presented elegant prose about the country: “The number and wealth of the merchants, and the amount of goods that passed through their hands, was so enormous that no man could form a just estimate thereof.” The renowned 14th century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta said it was “the biggest city I have ever seen on the face of the earth.”

During the Southern Song dynasty, commercial expansion, an influx of refugees from the conquered north, and the growth of the official and military establishments, led to a corresponding population increase and the city developed well outside its 9th century ramparts. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Hangzhou had a population of over 2 million at that time, while historian Jacques Gernet has estimated that the population of Hangzhou numbered well over one million by 1276. (Official Chinese census figures from the year 1270 listed some 186,330 families in residence and probably failed to count non-residents and soldiers.) It is believed that Hangzhou was the largest city in the world from 1180 to 1315 and from 1348 to 1358.

 

WEST LAKE

West Lake (Chinese: 西湖, Xī Hú) is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake.
West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature.”

History and Facts

West Lake has a history almost as old as Hangzhou itself and the original West Lake formed over 2000 years ago with the sedimentation of the Qiantang River. During China’s famed Tang Dynasty (618-907), the lake was nearly double its current size. Around the middle of the Tang Dynasty, the lake had dried up due to mismanagement so a new dyke and dam system was built, causeways were constructed and the lake extensively developed.
Over the last thousand or so years the West Lake has been a major tourist attraction and cultural drawcard with continuous development and maintenance such as dredging and the creation of islands. The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is the lake’s largest island and Mid-Lake Pavilion is the oldest island.

West Lake is surrounded on three sides by mountains and hills and has a surface area of around 6 square kilometers. The length or circumference of the West Lake is roughly 15 kilometers, the average water depth is around 0.8 meters and the lake itself can hold up to 14,290,000 cubic meters of water. West Lake is so big it even has its own dry dock for the maintenance and repair of boats.

Creation Legend

Even the lake itself has its own creation legend. The legend of the creation of West Lake has been retold and adapted through countless centuries. It is said that untold millennia ago the Jade Dragon, and Gold Phoenix had discovered a piece of pure white jade on the fairyland along the Silver River in the heaven. After many years of continual laboring, they transformed it into a perfect jade ball. Anywhere the jade ball shined, green trees and blooming flowers would sprout up. When the news of this precious treasure reached the ears of the Heavenly Empress’s ear, she desired to possess it. She ordered her generals to acquire the jade ball for her. When the Jade Dragon and Gold Phoenix demanded the ball back, a huge battle ensued. During the battle the jade ball was dropped to the earth, where it turned into the crystal clear West Lake and Phoenix Mountain. Ever since the battle, Phoenix Mountain has kept a watch over the beautiful jade ball.

Ten Scenes of West Lake

Traditionally, there are ten best-known scenic spots on the West Lake, each remembered by a four-character epithet. Collectively, they are known as the “Ten Scenes of West Lake” (10 Scenic Spots in West Lake 西湖十景). Each is marked by a stele with an epithet written in the calligraphy of the Qianlong Emperor

• Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring (蘇堤春曉)
• Curved Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer (曲院風荷)
• Moon Over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn (平湖秋月)
• Remnant Snow on the Bridge in Winter (斷橋殘雪)
• Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset (雷峰夕照)
• Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds (雙峰插雲)
• Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪聞鶯)
• Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond (花港觀魚)
• Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon (三潭印月)
• Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill (南屏晚鐘)

ATTRACTIONS, CULTURE, FOLKLORE & LEGENDS
Baochu Pagoda
Nanshan Lu
The Legend of White Snake
Santaninyu
Broken Bridge
Leifang Pagoda
Xihuitiandi
Longjing Tea
Marco Polo
Liuhe Pagoda
Hefang Ancient Street
Lingyin Temple
Wushan Hill
Yanggong DI / Botanical Garden
Qiantang River
Cities Nearby
Xiaoshan
Fuyang
Yuhang
GETTING IN
Plane
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) serves domestic and international flights. There are frequent services to Beijing and Hong Kong, but using Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao or the international Pudong airports and connecting by bus or train is also a viable option. The only European destination is Amsterdam, through KLM. Asian cities that have service to Hangzhou include Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore. Flights from Kuala Lumpur can be obtained from AirAsia. The service to Bangkok is through Hainan Airlines. There is a direct service to Hangzhou from Singapore on Jetstar Asia. Qatar Airways is flying several times per week between its capital Doha and Hangzhou.
  • The airport is about 30km east of the city centre, taking between 30 minutes and 1 hour by taxi. A taxi to or from the airport from the city centre is around ¥90; on the way back, you should ask if the driver is willing to take you that far before just jumping in the car with all your bags. No additional fee is payable for travel to/from the airport, the normal metered fare applies.
  • A shuttle service (¥20) to/from the Xiaoshan Bus ticket office on Tiyuchang Road next to the KFC just west of Wulin Square. The shuttle bus also stops at the main railway station en-route. Buses run every 30 mins during the daytime and take about an hour; join the queue for your ticket at the booth just outside the exit before boarding the bus. And the departure times form airport is 07:30 — 09:30, every 30 minutes;09:30 — 17:00, every 15 minutes;17:00-21:00, every 20 minutes;after21:00, every 30 minutes.But “30 minutes”,”20 minutes” and “15 minutes” refer to waiting time from the first passenger boarding the bus. After all the seats are taken, the bus takes off within 30,20 or 15 minutes.
  • Alternatively, if flying into Pudong Airport in Shanghai, there are direct buses to Hangzhou. They leave from the 2nd floor parking lot across from Gate 15 of Pudong Airport. According to the Shanghai Airport website, http://www.shairport.com/, they depart starting 8:40AM, then every hour on the hour from 10:00AM till 8:00PM. It costs ¥100. These buses arrive at the Hangzhou Yellow Dragon Sports Center (football stadium), 3km to the west of the city centre. The reverse trip from Hangzhou to Pudong Airport is also possible, the bus leave from the Yellow Dragon Sport Center as well as Hangzhou Xiaoshan Bus ticket office on Tiyuchang Road next to the KFC just west of Wulin Square. Also see below “By bus” section.
Train
  • There are two operating railway stations in Hangzhou at present: the Hangzhou Railway Station and the East Railway Station. Hangzhou Railway Station is the older main station located in the city, while the newer Hangzhou East Railway Station took over as main hub and operates most of the fast bullet trains to/from the city.
  • The detailed train schedule can be viewed at chinatrainguide.com
  • Ticketing: One can purchase a ticket there with a valid ID certificate like passport. Tickets can also be purchased at ticket offices around the city. There are altogether 61 ticket offices and others around other cities and counties. You can buy tickets here rather than go to the railway station. There is a surcharge of CNY5 per ticket.For westerners who are unfamiliar with the Chinese ticket selling system, it is recommended that you buy tickets through a travel agency or hotel, some of which provide this service for an additional charge.
  • Hangzhou Railway Station: It is located in the downtown district at 1, Huan Cheng Dong Lu, Shangcheng District. This station was rebuilt and opened to use on December 28th, 1999. It has south and north ticket halls, five ordinary waiting rooms, one soft seats waiting room and seven platforms. The station is mainly supported by the Hu-Kun (Shanghai-Kunming) Railway and the Xuan-Hang (Xuancheng-Hangzhou) Railway. Here, trains connect Hangzhou with over 30 major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen, Ningbo, Jinhua, Wenzhou, Yiwu, Cangnan and Quzhou. The ticket offices are at the passenger exit of the station.
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station: Hangzhou East Railway Station is located on Tiancheng Road on Jianggan District. It has taken over the passenger transportation of the South Railway Station since Jul. 2013. Being the intersection of HuKun (Shanghai – Kunming) Line and Shanghang (Shangqiu – Hangzhou) Line, the station operates high speed and bullet trains mainly as well as a few other types. Currently passengers from the station can reach to Beijing, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Qingdao.
Bus
  • Hangzhou has four bus stations (N, E – “Jiubao” on Shengjia Rd, W, and S). Usually, the direction of your destination corresponds to the bus station’s name, eg if you are going to Shanghai, you will want the East Bus Station. If you are going to Huangshan, buses leave from the West Bus Station; Nanjing is served by a frequent service from the North Station, and so on. Wūzhen (90 mins by bus, frequent morning departures) is now serviced by Jiubao Bus station, no longer the defunct Genshan Xilu bus station. It costs ¥50 and 45 mins to get to Jiubao bus stn from the eastern shore of West Lake by Taxi. Bus K12 then bus K101 can also make the trip, allow 90 mins to arrive at the Jiubao bus stn, and another 90 mins to get to Wūzhen.
  • Shanghai: Buses depart from the north bus station (Hengfen Lu), the PuDong bus station (Bailianjing, PuDong Nan Lu), and from Xujiahui Bus Station, tickets cost ¥58. These buses arrive at the north bus station of Hangzhou.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport: Direct long distance bus from the Airport to Hangzhou on Tiyuchang Rd, avoiding transfer via Shanghai. From Arrivals in the Airport, follow the clearly marked signs to the Long Distance Coach Terminal (well after the Maglev Terminal) and take the elevator down one level to the concourse. Hourly depratures, on the hour in the evenings. Last departure is 9PM. Take cash for fare.
  • To Shanghai Pudong International Airport: There are buses between Yellow Dragon Stadium and Pudong Airport (direct) and Wulinmen Ticket Office and Pudong Airport (with a stop en route at Hongqiao). Tickets can be purchased at the area with all the buses in front of the Yellow Dragon Stadium or at the Wulinmen Ticket office near the KFC on Tiyuchang Rd. (100¥, 2.5 hour journey)
  • To Hongqiao Airport (direct): Wulinmen Ticket Office near the KFC on Tiyuchang Rd (¥100)
GETTING AROUND
Bus
  • Hangzhou has an extensive bus networks, and bus schedules, routes, and on-board announcements are all in Chinese. However, if you download and use the Google Maps app on your mobile phone, it is quite easy to find directions, track your movement, and navigate your way around the Hangzhou bus system. The routes and bus numbering shown in Google Maps are very accurate for Hangzhou.
  • There are a number of bus types:
    • Routes without a letter prefix generally have no air conditioning (though there are some exceptions, like route 900), and should therefor be avoided May-September. They are heated during the winter. These generally cost ¥1-2.
    • Routes with a “K” prefix are air-conditioned May-September, and heated December-February. These cost ¥2-3, except when both the AC and heat are off, during which time the fare is halved.
    • Routes with a “Y” prefix are designated tourist buses, and will take you to or from a tourist destination for ¥3-5. Use Google Maps to check whether your bus drives to your desired direction.
    • Routes with a “B” prefix are part of the new Bus Rapid Transit system. These are articulated buses that stop at dedicated BRT stations, which allow you to transfer to other “B” routes without paying an additional fare. The fare of ¥4 is paid on entering the station. These buses are roomier than the usual municipal buses, but are not much more rapid.
    • Night routes (which have blue signs and are numbered K2xx) are ¥2.5. Most start running at 9PM and end around 6AM.
  • For those arriving in Hangzhou by train, note that bus K7 goes from the Hangzhou Rail Station to the West Lake for ¥1.
  • Fares can be paid in cash (coins or bills, no change given), by using a dedicated bus card, or by tapping the same card used to rent bikes (see below). The fare will be displayed in Western numerals on the bus stop and on the farebox. Some buses just have metal boxes besides the driver where you throw in the money. It seems that nobody really checks how many coins you throw in there, they just trust that you know the fare.
  • You are expected to board via the front doors and leave through the rear (with the exception of the B routes). Buses have very little empty space even when they are not full (which is not common) so do not plan on bringing baby strollers or other cumbersome items. Be prepared at all times for fast turns and/or deceleration. The suspension usually is not up to modern standards, and the drivers are aggressive.
Metro
The Hangzhou subway system will consist of 10 lines, the total length of which could reach 375.6 kilometers. The first phase of the project, including metro Line 1, Line 2 and a part of Line 4, has started to be constructed from March, 2007 and now has put into use.  In the second phase to 2020, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4 and Line 5 will be completed. The last phase is from 2020 to 2050, when the rest Line 6, Line 7 and Line 8 will be finished.
Taxi
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) serves domestic and international flights. There are frequent services to Beijing and Hong Kong, but using Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao or the international Pudong airports and connecting by bus or train is also a viable option. The only European destination is Amsterdam, through KLM. Asian cities that have service to Hangzhou include Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore. Flights from Kuala Lumpur can be obtained from AirAsia. The service to Bangkok is through Hainan Airlines. There is a direct service to Hangzhou from Singapore on Jetstar Asia. Qatar Airways is flying several times per week between its capital Doha and Hangzhou.
  • The airport is about 30km east of the city centre, taking between 30 minutes and 1 hour by taxi. A taxi to or from the airport from the city centre is around ¥90; on the way back, you should ask if the driver is willing to take you that far before just jumping in the car with all your bags. No additional fee is payable for travel to/from the airport, the normal metered fare applies.
  • A shuttle service (¥20) to/from the Xiaoshan Bus ticket office on Tiyuchang Road next to the KFC just west of Wulin Square. The shuttle bus also stops at the main railway station en-route. Buses run every 30 mins during the daytime and take about an hour; join the queue for your ticket at the booth just outside the exit before boarding the bus. And the departure times form airport is 07:30 — 09:30, every 30 minutes;09:30 — 17:00, every 15 minutes;17:00-21:00, every 20 minutes;after21:00, every 30 minutes.But “30 minutes”,”20 minutes” and “15 minutes” refer to waiting time from the first passenger boarding the bus. After all the seats are taken, the bus takes off within 30,20 or 15 minutes.
  • Alternatively, if flying into Pudong Airport in Shanghai, there are direct buses to Hangzhou. They leave from the 2nd floor parking lot across from Gate 15 of Pudong Airport. According to the Shanghai Airport website, http://www.shairport.com/, they depart starting 8:40AM, then every hour on the hour from 10:00AM till 8:00PM. It costs ¥100. These buses arrive at the Hangzhou Yellow Dragon Sports Center (football stadium), 3km to the west of the city centre. The reverse trip from Hangzhou to Pudong Airport is also possible, the bus leave from the Yellow Dragon Sport Center as well as Hangzhou Xiaoshan Bus ticket office on Tiyuchang Road next to the KFC just west of Wulin Square. Also see below “By bus” section.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Premium
  • Wyndham Grand Plaze Royale West Lake Hangzhou Excellent 5 star international hotel directly on the West lake/downtown. Unique customer service with many international and multilingual staff and comfortable rooms.Sumptuous breakfast buffet serving all international flavors and dishes. Number one hotel on Trip Advisor.Best Thai restaurant in town is also located on the 2nd floor of the hotel.Address: No.555 Fengqi Road, Xiachang District, Hangzhou 310006, China Phone Number:(86 571 8761 6888)
  • Braim International Hotel offers 5-star accommodation near the World Exhibition Center and West Lake. The hotel offers 297 rooms, restaurant and café, outdoor pool, and conference facilities. Address: 195 Jiaogong Road, Xihu District. Phone Number: 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800.
  • Braim Seasons Hotel Hangzhou 166 Zhonghe Middle Road (junction of Zhonghe and Jiefang Roads), Shangcheng District. Email: tprsvns@hubs1.net. 4-star hotel with spacious rooms, free internet access, business center, and restaurant.
  • Culture Plaza Hotel Zhejiang Address: 38 Wen Er Road. Email: tprsvns@hubs1.net. 4-star hotel north of West Lake. It has 174 rooms with high-speed internet access and IDD phone. Facilities include the Super Book Market and the sprawling Wenhua Meeting Room.
  • Dragon Hotel Hangzhou 120 Shuguang Road Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310007. 5-star hotel with spacious rooms, free internet access, business and conference center, restaurants, shops, spa, etc. Names itself “smart hotel” because of several technological gadgets.
  • New Century Grand Hotel (杭州开元名都大酒店), 818 Middle Shixin Road,Xiaoshan Hangzhou, Hangzhou boasts the highest skyline of all premier hotels in Hangzhou with a height of 218 meters in 47 floors. edit
  • European Style Holiday Hotel, a four-star hotel right by the banks of the West Lake, near the railway station. Address: No. 18 West Lake Street, Shangcheng District. Phone number: 86-571-28937288, fax number: 86-571-28930799.
  • Friendship Hotel Hangzhou is a four-star hotel on Pinghai Road, Hangzhou’s central business district. Amenities include rooms with West Lake or city views, multicultural restaurants, versatile function halls, and meeting rooms. Address: No. 53 Pinghai Road, Shangcheng District. Secured reservations are instantly confirmed online.
  • Hangzhou Sunny Hotel 108 Jie Fang Road, Shangcheng District, Reservations contact: 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800. More than 320 rooms, 7 restaurants.
  • Huachen-Tang Palace (25 Pinghai Road). Four star hotel that is 5 minutes walk to the West Lake and with a fabulous international buffet breakfast.
  • Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, 28 Hu Bin Road (right on the eastern shore of the lake), ☎ +86 571 8779 1234 (hangz.reservation@hyattintl.com). 5 star hotel with 390 rooms & suites. The hotel is part of a multi use complex including an upmarket department store.
  • Lakeview Hotel, 2 West Huancheng Road, Xihu District, ☎ 86-571-87078888, [30]. 4-star hotel with rooms equipped with cable TV, high-speed internet access, bathroom with tub, hair dryer, and mini-bar. Some of its amenities include Lakeview Hotel Shopping Center, hame rooms (for chess, card games, and billiards), and a swimming pool. CNY 368 and up. edit
  • Ramada (Haihua Binguan), Qingchun Road (near the West Lake). Located between Wulin Road and the West Lake, although lake-view rooms are somewhat limited and not very intimate.
  • Shangri-La, 78 Beishan Road. Shangri-La has a lush green grounds, and is essentially a self-contained private village.
  • Victoria Regal Hotel Zhejiang Address: 89 Yan An Road, Shangcheng District. Email: tprsvns@hubs1.net. 5-star hotel offering 200 rooms with handsome interiors. Leisure and business facilities include the Ban Dao Buffet Center and the Viscount Grand Ballroom.
  • Wang Hu/Lakeside Hotel, Hubin Road, cnr Qingchun Rd. Fabulous international buffet breakfast.
  • Xin Ding Garden Hotel Adress: 135 Yanan Road. Email: tprsvns@hubs1.net. 5-star hotel near West Lake with 118 rooms, business facilities, savory local and international cuisine, and free high-speed internet access.
  • Zhejiang Grand Hotel 595 Yanan Road, Xiacheng District, Tel: 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800 [32] 307 rooms, no frills. It also has 9 function rooms for events. An entertainment club and spa are some of the recreational facilities.
  • Zhejiang Xizi Hotel Address: 37 Nanshan Road, Xihu District. Tel. No. 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800. Near the historic Leifeng Pagoda in the West Lake area. Magnificent views, excellent facilities, and good service.
  • Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel Address:122 Shuguang Road (Shuguang Lu) Located at the foot of Baoshi Mountain, the Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel (Zhejiang Shimao Junlan Dafandian) is a five-star hotel close to West Lake, Hangzhou’s premier tourist attraction.
Mid-Range
  • Begin Again (那天以后) 105 Xu Village, Nine Creeks Road, near the entrance of Nine Creeks scenic spot. (九溪路徐村105号靠近九溪景区入口) Telephone: +86 13482834560 or +86 18717742263. A really pleasant boutique inn that opened only in August 2015. It has only five rooms, named after the owner and her pet dog and cats. Each room is very tastefully decorated and has its own style, with prices ranging from 350- 800 RMB (for a family suite), inclusive of a very decent breakfast. A very warm and homely place, with an owner who is a very charming and good-looking lady, but she can’t speak much English. The hotel is located near the hugely underrated Nine Creeks (九溪) scenic spot, which is an around 40RMB taxi ride away from the southern side of West Lake. Great place to stay for those who want a nice, relaxing walk in the woods at Nine Creeks, with its tea plantations and clear streams. Photos and more details can be found on Chinese booking sites like Ctrip, Qunar, and Dianping.
  • Shenanbei Boutique Hotel [18] 108 Manjuelong Road, Telephone: 86-571-89988558. This expat owned and run hotel has 16 elegant and artfully decorated rooms which reflect the colors of the seasons of Hangzhou. Situated in the mountains, has outdoor deck. Room service pizza’s from their Italian Restaurant. Western breakfast, Free wifi, complimentary minibar, exquisite bath tubs and extremely personalized service is what customers most talk about.
  • Enjoyor Hotel [19] 65 Qingchun Road, Shangcheng District, Telephone: 86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800. This hotel has 168 rooms, and also offers hydropathy treatments, a variety of dining options, and helpful services.
  • Hangzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel ((杭州华侨饭店) Address: Hu Bin Road 15, Phone: 86-571-87685555. At the beginning of this pedestrian lakeside area, right next the Hyatt. If you get a lakeside room you have the same views and location as the Hyatt for one-quarter the price. Skip breakfast as it is all-Chinese, not very clean and full of other guests smoking their way through their meals. Otherwise, the rooms are clean and everything can be reached by foot. Also, taxis pass continuously in front of the hotel day and night, meaning that you never need to call for one. High-speed internet available on the 4th and 5th floor only.
  • Hangzhou Sunny Huansha Hotel Address: 17 Huansha Road, Shangcheng District. A 3-star hotel offering 100 aptly furnished rooms with smart amenities such as desktop computer with free internet access. Primarily a business hotel, it has a well equipped business center and multi functional hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests.
  • Redstar Culture Hotel, 280 South Jianguo Road, Shangcheng District, ☎ +86-571-87703888, [20]. A four star hotel next to the Hangzhou Railway Station Square. Maximize your reservation by attending a gala at its 900-capacity theater and enjoy a sumptous meal on their Chinese restaurant that offers Jiangsu, Sichuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.
  • SouthLine Hotel (Nanxian Dajiudian), tel. +86-571-8777-3939, e-mail southline@vip.163.com. A small but clean, well-located and reasonably well-appointed mid-range hotel one-half block off the lake and right next to the Zhejiang Art Academy on Nanshan Rd. Prices range from US$40 per night to over $100. The friendly staff speaks limited English.
  • SSAW Hotel Hubin [21] 221 Jiefang Road, Shangcheng District. 4-star hotel near Hubin Walk Street and Nanshan Leisure Avenue features elegant rooms, conference facilities, restaurant and bar, fitness center, and concierge and tour desks.

Budget

  • Hangzhou Hofang International Youth Hostel, No.67 DaJing Lane, Hangzhou, China (The hostel is in the pedestrian area, take a taxi to the historical gate/Gulou of the city, walk through the gate, turn left, walk 150m to No. 67), [15]. Popular with both Chinese and foreign travellers this extremely well located hostel provides those on a budget with clean rooms and comfortable beds aswell as friendly English speaking staff. Located on a beautiful pedestrian only lane just off Hefang old street and only moments to West Lake this is arguably the best backpackers in Hangzhou. $9-$14.
  • Hangzhou Garden Youth Hostel opened in 2006 on ZhaoGong Causeway near the Hangzhou Botanic Gardens on the western shore of West Lake. It is part of Hostelling International and consists of a beautifully restored historic courtyard building. Dorm rooms have very clean, upmarket ensuite bathrooms with 24 hr hot water. The hostel is very convenient for walking and sightseeing around West Lake but its biggest drawback is the distance to restaurants and nightlife. It is a 15 minute walk to the bar/tea house/restaurant strip on Shuguang Road.
  • Hangzhou International Youth Hostel, Nanshan Road (right on the east side of the lake and just off “bar street”, next to Qing Temple). Run by Hosteling International and has a friendly staff. Y40 w/membership, Y45 without membership, per night, 6 people to a room (you can get doubles as well for about Y200, including a lakeview double for Y250). All rooms and toilet/shower are extremely clean. Despite being literally a few paces from the clubs of Nanshan Road, this hostel is set back far enough to be relatively noise free and features a comfortable courtyard/patio with a pond. The lobby also has a boring bar and an all-right breakfast.
  • My Inn Hotel, (我的客栈), opened in 2007 on #264 of QiuTao Rd, ShangCheng District, near the South Bus Station or ChangDuQiCheNanZhan, (长途汽车南站). Comfortable rooms without TV, although has a computer in rooms with internet at Y20 (optional). Bathrooms are clean, there is a convenience store in the lobby, and laundry, kitchen and business facilities in the building. Phone 4008280082, plenty of bus routes can be taken at the hotel front street. Address in Chinese: 杭州市上城区秋涛路264号(长途汽车南站对面.)Y99 per night.
  • Pod Inn, (布丁酒店), several locations in Hangzhou, including two near West Lake. Similar in concept to My Inn with small, two person rooms starting at Y95 a night and larger rooms at higher price points.
  • West Lake Youth House, No 62-3 Nanshan Rd (At the southern end of West Lake). Excellent rooms, friendly staff. Y50 dorm, Y200 double. Phone 0086 571 87027027, Fax 0571 88030237.
DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Chinese
  • Xi Hu Yin Xiang (西湖印象), Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou,One of the best Chinese Restaurants in Hanghzou with the breath- taking West Lake view and the intoxicating moonlight. Address: No.555 Fengqi Road, Xiachang District, Hangzhou 310006, China
  • Lou Wai Lou (楼外楼), right on the lake on an island off Beishan Road. The most famous restaurant in Hangzhou and in existense for over 150 years. Lou Wai Lou also has a second establishment called “Shan Wai Shan” right on the Botanical Gardens. “West Lake sweet & sour fish” is a speciality of this place, and another dish to try is the Beggar’s Chicken, wrapped in fresh lotus leaves and baked on fire. The chicken meat is soft and tender and falls easily off the bones. The restaurant is full every night so a reservation is highly recommended.
  • Oriental Favorites Restaurant (彩云轩), Beishan Road (just past the Broken Bridge). A good replacement for Lou Wai Lou and has an equally good view with slightly cheaper prices (but it’s still expensive).
  • Hubin 28, Hyatt Hotel, 28 Hubin Road. One of the top Chinese restaurants in Hangzhou. Hubin 28 serves good food from all over China in a restaurant designed with a mixture of modern fittings and traditional furniture. It has received good reviews in many foodie magazines in Hong Kong. Dinner will cost more than ¥200 per person.
Japanese
  • Fu Gang, Tiyuchang Road (near Wulin Square). Hangzhou’s most famous Japanese restaurant, although it does not offer an all-you-can-eat deal. It does have a sushi train and set meals though and the sushi is fresh and tasty.
  • Mu Zhi Lan, Nanshan Rd (next to the Bernini coffee shop) is one of the best, especially location-wise. The all-you-can-eat deal is around Y180, but the seating and views are excellent, as is the food.
  • Honglin Teppanyaki, 2/F Modern International Plaza, Yugu Road and Tianmushan Road. This newish Teppanyaki restaurant is clean and spacious, with large table around hotplates able to seat 10-20 people at a go. There is a one-price-gets-everything deal, including sake and beer.

Asian

  • Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Best Thai food in town, located in a 5 star hotel next to the west lake. Fengqi Road 555 | Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hotel – 2nd Floor, Hangzhou, China
  • Banana Leaf, Changsheng Rd (2 junctions north of the Hyatt on the east side of the lake). South-East Asian. Reservations are recommended on weekends. Although there is a pleasant atmosphere and good quality food, many customers find that the food is untraditional.
  • Curry Bistro, Wangtang Rd (just south of Wenyi Road, near the Wumei shopping center) is a small family run restaurant specialising in Hong Kong and Thai food.
  • Y&Y Cafe, 322 Wen San Xi Lu (Almost facing the entrance of Dang Gui apartments) is a small eatery serving asian dishes at budget price.
Western
  • Triple O’s, best burger in town, 277 Wulin Road, within the trendy Queen’s Garden, on this very popular street of fashion, is offering legendary burgers and shakes from Vancouver, Canada, founded since 1928, its the second store in China and 1st store in Hangzhou, quality and good service would sure hightlight your stay in Hangzhou, 10:30am-11pm.
  • Le Restaurant, 87 Siyanjing, Manjuelong Road, Xihu +86 0571 8971 2700 [13]. Located in the Xihu district, nestled in mountains. Italian and French cuisine; authentic Italian Pizzas baked in an Artisanal Wood Fired Oven. Also take advantage of their daily pizza specials and promotions.
  • The Vineyard, Zhongtian Mansion, 173 Yugu Road, +86 0571 8763 2388. Featuring a menu created by Chef Rueben Marley, Vineyard is a venue in Hangzhou serving American pub foods like Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, Bacon-Shroom-Melt burgers, and New York style pizza.Decent Happy Hours of BOGO until 8pm everyday.
  • Eudora Station, 101-7 Nanshan Road, +86 0571 8791 4760, 9AM-2AM. Situated on the bustling main drag of Hangzhou, Eudora Station offers top-notch Western food and a wide selection of beers displayed on English menus. Take advantage of their daily happy hour specials and nightly promotions. Expect a Posh, business-orientated expat crowd with high prices to reflect.
  • L’Amour French Restaurant, 87 Shu Guang Lu (on the right of youtou bar), +86 57186592191 . is a french brasserie serving strictly homemade food in a Shanghaï-Belle-époque themed environment. Closed every thursday.
  • Café at the Hyatt, Hyatt Hotel, 28 Hubin Road. Opened January 2005, considered to be one of the best values in upmarket buffet offerings in Hangzhou, a wide selection is available for about Y148++ lunch, and Y198++ dinner.
  • Y&Y West, 35 Jing Zhou Road (facing the entrance west of Shang shui ren jia appartments) is a small eatery serving lobster, seafish and steaks.
  • Provence, 1 Baishaquan Road, is a restaurant in Hangzhou, serving fresh French and Mediterranean food. Good selection of wines, liquors and cocktails available. Weekend all day brunch.
  • Angelo’s, on #2 Lane off of Baochu Road (across the street NW from 88 Club). New York-themed Italian style restaurant and bar serving pizza, pasta, burgers, and many other offerings.
  • Caribbean BBQ, Yan’an Road (near Wushan Square). It is not very authentic, but is a buffet-style restaurant that will probably at least leave you with a full stomach.
  • Peppino, Shangri-La Hotel. American style italian – pizzas out of the authentic brick oven, steaks, pasta.
  • L96 Guangxian Cafe, Pingfeng Road, (east of Zhongshan Zhong Rd), is a small restaurant in modern atmosphere serving well-prepared Italian food and home-made ice-creams
Indian
  • Haveli, 77 Nanshan Rd . Indoor and outdoor dining. Expensive and small dishes.
  • Indian Kitchen, 63 Nanshan Road, All you can eat/all you can drink buffet on Saturday & Sunday
Bars
  • JZ Club, 6 Liuying Road (Nanshan Road), is one of the most sophisticated bars in Hangzhou, with live jazz performances every night and a range of beers, cocktails and wines.
  • Cool Bar on West Lake Ave by Wushan Square has Budweiser for as low as Y5/bottle (the Wushan Square area also has several other bars).
  • Maya Bar, 94 Baishaquan Rd and Shuguang Rd, is a popular expat watering hole with large servings of drinks and a simple bar menu.
  • 1944, Shuguang Rd. Good atmosphere with cheap beer and quiet live music.
  • You To, 85 Shuguang Rd, on the left of l’Amour french restaurant. One of the most successful bars in Hangzhou, run by a man who has made several bars popular. You To is busy every day with a local drinking crowd. Loud live music, busy atmosphere, and cheerful, friendly staff.
  • 7 Club, Shuguang Road. located behind the flower shop opposite Yellow Dragon Hotel, is small local pub popular with expats a foreign students alike. Normally contains a quieter atmosphere and specializes in hard-to-find imported bottle beers.
  • The Vineyard, Zhongtian Mansion, 173 Yugu Road, +86 0571 8763 2388. Featuring a menu created by Chef Rueben Marley, Vineyard is a venue in Hangzhou serving American pub foods like Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, Bacon-Shroom-Melt burgers, and New York style pizza.Decent Happy Hours of BOGO until 8pm everyday.
  • Eudora Station, 101-7 Nanshan Road, +86 0571 8791 4760, 9AM-2AM. Situated on the bustling main drag of Hangzhou, Eudora Station offers top-notch Western food and a wide selection of beers displayed on English menus. Take advantage of their daily happy hour specials and nightly promotions.Expect a Posh, business-orientated expat crowd with high prices to reflect.
  • Casablanca, on the Westlake is a good, centrally-located place to hang out and feel at home.
  • Reggae Bar, an old Hangzhou favourite recently (June 2009) moved from Shuguang Road to Xueyuan Road, just north of Wensan Road. Big happy bar with lots of reggae music, a strong Jamaican motif and experienced staff.One Carlsberg draft beer is ¥22.
Clubs
  • OS, Huanglong Road and Tianmushan Road. The big boy of Hangzhou, and is truly massive, with advanced sound and light, and is always full. SOS has fewer regulars, and more out-of-town clubbers.
  • G+, in the Wahaha Building on Qingchun Road. The more sophisticated of the big clubs, catering to slightly better heeled 20-30’s crowd.
  • Coco, Wangtang Road and Wensan West Road. Smaller club on the West side that attracts many expats. Music is more alternative for Hangzhou, and usually there are foreign DJs.