Hangzhou and Suzhou are rivals for the position of "Heaven on Earth" and it truly is hard to separate them. Set on the magnificent West Lake, Hangzhou will enchant you with its classical beauty.
A shot stay (within 6 days) in Hangzhou is more convinient now, visa free! Since Jan. 30th 2016, citizens from 51 countries can transfer in China via any of the following ports of entry including Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Railway Station, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport without Chinese visas by producing their own valid international travel documents and onward air / vessel / train tickets to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat within 144 hours upon arrival, and can stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for 144 hours.
Tourists are suggested to avoid the period from Aug.1st to Sep. 20th to visit Hangzhou due to the G20 Meeting. During the period, government will need to do the security works, main attractions and roads will be closed, some hotels and tourist buses will be expropriated. Normal tourist will be affected.
A short stay (up to 6 days) in Shanghai and surrounding cities is more convenient now, for it is usually visa free! Since January 30th 2016, citizens from 51 countries can come to any of the following ports of entry in China – Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Railway Station, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport – and stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for up to 144 hours without Chinese visas, by producing their own valid international travel documents and onward air/boat/train tickets to another country (or region) with confirmed date and seat to leave within 144 hours of arrival. Read more
You can visit Hangzhou at any time. Every season has different beautiful scenery. Beautiful flowers in spring and colorful leaves in autumn make them more popular. Avoid Chinese national holidays like May 1st, China National Day (Oct.1th-7th).
West Lake, the city symbol of Hangzhou. Many ways to explore the West Lake, but taking a boat is the most popular and leisure way to avoid the crowds.
Dragon Well Tea in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s unique Dragon Well Tea (Longjing Tea) plays an important role in Chinese green tea. We can arrange to pick and taste Dragon Well Tea, and an in-depth tea culture exploration for tea buffs.
Wuzhen Water Town nearby Hangzhou is one of the top 6 water towns of China. Taking a gondola along the ancient canal town should not be missed there and the night of Wuzhen is impressive.
Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai are the most famous cities of the Yangtz Delta. The other two places are convenient to reach from Shanghai at a short distance.
|Destination||Train Schedule||Duration||What to do|
every 10 minutes
|1h 10m||Add Shanghai before or after the Hangzhou tour, and see the essence of Shanghai: Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Bund. Add Zhujiajiao Water Town.|
23 trains per day
|1h 40m||Extend to Suzhou to see its typical Chinese gardens and ancient water towns. Enrich your itinerary with Suzhou's must-see highlights: Humble Administrator's Garden, The Garden of the Master of Nets. Ride a boat in water towns such as Tongli.|
1 train per day
|3h 25m||Take a cable car up to the Yellow Mountains’ "Four Wonders": imaginatively-named pines, oddly-shaped rocks, seas of clouds, and hot springs. Don’t miss staying on the mountains for a sunrise. Add Hongcun Village/Tunxi Ancient Street for some ancient Anhui architecture.|