Known for it’s beautiful West Lake, Hangzhou offers a peaceful, unique destination in China. Just a short train journey from Shanghai, Hangzhou should not be missed on your trip to China.

After spending the day walking around the lake, try some of the best food in China; West Lake Fish, Longjing shrimp and Beggar’s chicken. Whilst here, visit nearby Huangshan; the perfect mountain region for those that love hiking and nature.

Typical Costs

Hostel/Budget rates – ¥60+ for a dorm bed and ¥110 – ¥200 for budget hotel rooms.

Midrange Hotel rates – ¥300+ for double rooms in the city centre

Luxury Hotel rates – ¥600+ for more luxurious hotels in Hangzhou.

Transport –  Taxi’s and Didi’s (China’s Uber) will cost around ¥9 – ¥40 for journeys across the city centre whilst buses cost between ¥1 – ¥3.

Average cost of food – Hangzhou offers some great street food snacks in the food street areas with snacks starting from ¥8. A sit-down meal for two with alcoholic drinks costs around ¥350.

Where to stay

Hostel/BudgetHofang Youth Hostel can be found in the pedestrian area; perfect for travellers wanting to try the local food – dorm beds start at ¥65 whilst double rooms begin at ¥200.

Midrange – Both Hangzhou Bokai Westlake Hotel and Westlake 7 Service Apartment Xihu are in fantastic locations and are popular choices for those looking for a comfortable and affordable hotel. Prices in either of these hotels start at ¥300.

Top End – Huachen International Hotel is a luxurious choice with rooms starting at ¥440 whilst the Grand Hyatt overlooks the lake and costs around ¥1100 per night.

How to get there

Fly – Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Hangzhou with predominantly domestic flights and a handful of flights from South East Asia.

Train – The high-speed train is one of the most popular ways tourists visit Hangzhou. Just an hour away from Shanghai and 1.5 hours away from Nanjing, Hangzhou is an easy addition for many itineraries.

Getting around

Taxi’s or Didi’s are the quickest and most convenient way to get around most cities in China and Hangzhou isn’t to vast of a city. You can rent a bicycle to get around the lake and city and bus Y1 takes you on a circuit around the West Lake, stopping at all the important sights en route.

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