Weather: The weather is still cool and damp in the first month of spring. The average high temperature is 14 °C (57 °F), and the average low temperature is 6 °C (43 °F). It snows or rains about half of the days of the month, and there is about 138 mm of total precipitation. Check the current weather and forecast>>
Clothing: Bring warm clothes such as a coat, thick trousers, a hat, and gloves. You'll need waterproof shoes for walking in wet weather. Remember to bring an umbrella or rain gear since it rains often.
Visit West Lake: West Lake Park is Hangzhou's playground. The scenic area covers 63 square kilometers or 23 square miles, and the lake itself is 15 kilometers or 9 miles around. Bikes and boats are both available for rent. Many people want to walk around the lake. You can watch the entertainers and performers or simply enjoy a jog or exercise. The park is so popular that it is hard to find a place to be alone, and it is especially busy on holidays and weekends.
Enjoy a meal at a Westlake restaurant: Hangzhou is one of the China's richest cities, and you can enjoy a fine quality meal at one of the restaurants around the lake. The West Lake (Xihu) district has fine Chinese restaurants.
Drink hot tea on a cold day: When the weather is wet and cold, a place to step in for tea is the Hangzhou National Tea Museum. It isn't like a regular Chinese museum where there are a lot of artefacts behind glass. There are some displays, but the emphasis in this museum is on tasting and enjoying various kinds of tea and participation.
You'll learn about the regional differences in tea drinking customs and how to make Chinese tea yourself. You'll also taste and learn about the many varieties of Chinese tea. There is store where you can buy a variety of kinds of tea and souvenirs. You can see the grounds of an actual tea plantation since the museum is on the grounds of a tea farm.
Shop: Hangzhou is well known for producing excellent silks and satin. The region is also known for its fine tea. However, shopping in Hangzhou isn't limited to local specialties such as silk and tea. The products of China's high tech manufacturing are abundant and can be bought at low cost in various shops, stores, markets, malls, and plazas that crowd the commercial center.
If you want to experience some opulent shopping, Hangzhou has luxurious shopping malls at Hangzhou Tower and Hubin International Boutique where you can buy the best of Chinese or foreign products. Hangzhou's population is known for being one of the top five consumers of luxury goods in the Mainland despite its relatively small size. The Hubin International Boutique is the top fashion clothing mall that includes many international brand name luxury stores.
Shop at Qinghefang Pedestrian Street: The pedestrian shopping street is frequented by foreign tourists, and it is only about a kilometer from West Lake. So you can walk there from the lake. You'll find souvenir shops and many restaurants. There are a lot of traditional style buildings.
There are many small shops that sell locally made products, tea, and local art and crafts. At the east end of Pedestrian Street next to Wu Mountain, there is a museum called the Hangzhou History of Museum. You can learn about Hangzhou and Qinghefang’s history there. The Wu Mountain area is a park you can visit.
March is a good time to visit Hangzhou. The weather is moderate, and the large tourist groups seen during the peak travel season have not yet arrived. The prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets are moderate too, and transportation is convenient in March.
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2-day Hangzhou tour: See West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and other attractions. Modify the tour as you wish by specifying the restaurants and attractions.
8-day Shanghai and Hangzhou regional tour: This regional tour is a full week of travel, sightseeing, dining and shopping at several cities in a big loop around the region. Cities visited include Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, and Suzhou. Ancient capital cities, the famously scenic Huangshan Mountain, and the historic Grand Canal are on the itinerary. Our tourists tailor their tour. The pages below might help you decide on where to go in the spring.
Hangzhou is connected to Shanghai, Yiwu and 30 other cities by fast bullet trains. These new trains now allow you to travel much more conveniently between cities than ever before. Foreign tourists especially enjoy riding these inexpensive, fast, and convenient trains.