Weather: April's weather is pleasant. It is much warmer and less rainy than March. The average daily high temperature is 21 °C (70 °F), and the average low temperature is 12 °C (54 °F). It rains about half of the days of the month, and there is about 127 mm of total precipitation.
Clothing: Jackets and light sweaters are enough for dealing with the weather, and long-sleeve shirts are good during the day when it warms up. Wear waterproof shoes for walking in wet weather. Remember an umbrella or rain gear when rain is likely. Check the current weather and forecast>>
April is a nice time to travel to Hangzhou. Flowers bloom in the parks, and you can enjoy the outdoor attractions when the weather is comfortable.
Flowers bloom at West Lake Park gardens in April. You can enjoy the verdant green trees and foliage on the hills around the lake. The pink peach trees in the park bloom until the middle of April. There are numerous benches along the shore where you can see the scenery or read.
Both bikes and boats are available for rent. Many people just want to walk around the lake. Entertainers and musicians perform in the park.
Enjoy a meal at a Westlake restaurant: After a walk or exercise, one can find quality Chinese restaurants in the West Lake (Xihu) district near the lake. A pedestrian shopping street popular with tourists called Qinghefang is only a kilometer away from the lake. Qinghefang and the streets adjacent to it have many restaurants, snack shops, coffee shops, and tea houses.
Moganshan is a mountain near Hangzhou that has long been a favorite retreat for both Chinese government leaders and foreigners. It is especially popular in sweltering Hangzhou summers, but in April, you can enjoy the spring scenery with fewer crowds and have a refreshing extended stay in one of the hotels or villas.
The mountain is high enough so that the weather is appreciably cooler. The main peak is called Ta Shan, and it is 724 meters high or 2,375 feet high. It is a good place to hike for a day, drink the locally grown tea on the tea farms, and get bargains on tea. The old houses and villas built by foreigners a hundred years ago or more are interesting to see.
April is a good time to visit Hangzhou. The weather is comfortable and often sunny, and the large tourist crowds of the peak travel season don't arrive until the end of the month. The prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets are moderate most of the month too, and transportation is convenient except for the end of the month. Travel and tourism increases just before the May 1 public holidays.
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