Hangzhou Travel Guide
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province in East China, is one of the more modern and prosperous cities in China, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Shanghai. It sits at the southern end of the Grand Canal and is one of China's seven ancient national capitals.
When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century, he declared it to be “the most beautiful and elegant city in the world". There is a popular saying: "Above there is heaven, below there are Hangzhou and Suzhou." Hangzhou's "heavenly" beauty attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to its exquisite West Lake (Xi Hu) area each year to enjoy the placid lake, beautiful gardens, reflecting pools, lavish temples and lakeside teahouses.
Hangzhou began to prosper and flourish in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was the capital of the Wu and Yue States in the 10th Century during the Five Dynasties Period, and had its political heyday in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), when it served as the capital of China. Hangzhou witnessed a commercial boom in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, which is continuing at present.
There are many well-known historical and cultural sites in the areas around West Lake. Examples are the Lingyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda. Hangzhou is also well known for its silk and tea. A trip to Hangzhou can be easily combined with a visit to a tea plantation in the hills near the West Lake.
The most famous product of Hangzhou is tea, and you have the chance to enter a tea plantation, see its manufacture, and even pick the tender tea leaves in April or May. After the plantation tour, a guide will show you the Chinese way to make and drink tea. Usually it is quite strong, so if you are not used to tea in your daily life we suggest a little taste at first.
Hi Mahendra, we are very happy to arrange it for you. How many people are there in your group, please? Would you like private car or bullet train as transportation between Shanghai and Hangzhou? What is the exact date to take the tour, please?Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-12-25
Hi Malena, there is a website for online ticket booking, but it is a Chinese one:http://www.12306.cn/mormhweb/kyfw/ypcx/. You can buy the ticket on arrival, but I don't know if the ticket would be sold out or not. December is not the peak season for travel, I wish you good luck.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-12-15
- Chinese Name: 杭州
- Chinese Pinyin: háng zhōu
- Location: East of China
- Latitude: 36°13' N
- Longitude: 120°12' E
- Elevation: 41.7M (137 FT)
- Time Zone: (UTC+8)
- Area Code: 0571
- Population: 6.83 million