Weather: May is quite comfortable. It is often sunny and warm, and the nights are cool. The average daily high temperature is 26 °C (78 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 17 °C (62 °F). It rains about 15 days of the month, and there is about 147 mm of total precipitation.
Clothing: Long-sleeves, a jacket and slacks are enough for the evenings. Bring shorts and rain gear. Wear waterproof shoes for wet weather. Take an umbrella on days rain is likely. Check the current weather and forecast>>
See West Lake: The park is large and is the favorite tourist attraction in the city. The park covers 63 square kilometers (23 square miles), and the lake is 15 kilometers (9 miles) in circumference. It is a great place for a run or for an extended walk along the walkway along the shore. You can rent bikes or boats and go out on the water. There are large crowds on holidays and sunny weekends at the popular park.
Hike at Moganshan: Moganshan is a mountain about a 1½ hour drive from Hangzhou that was a favorite retreat center for both Chinese government leaders and foreigners. It is especially popular in sweltering Hangzhou summers, but in May, you can enjoy the cool spring scenery, go for hikes, and enjoy the tea on the tea farms. The main peak is called Ta Shan, and it is 724 meters high (2,375 feet).
Thousand Islets (Qiandao) Lake: This huge artificial lake (573 square kilometers) is almost 10 times bigger than West Lake, and there is forest on the thousand islets and on the shore. It is a great place for sightseeing, relaxing, hiking and finding tranquility. It isn't a place to visit with a rushing Chinese tour group, and we recommend that you avoid the Chinese tour boats and tour buses. It is a place best enjoyed privately or with a private tour.
There are hotels where you can relax, and hiking paths extend all around. You can find places to rent boats, canoes, and even powerboats. You can even book a private cruise. You could also bike around the area. See our Thousand Islets Lake Biking Guide>>
May marks the beginning of the peak travel season. Travel surges at the end of April, and most people get a three day public holiday around May 1. The hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions will be hosting crowds of Chinese during the first week in May.
Tourists are advised to avoid travelling during this week around May 1. But if you are planning to visit Hangzhou in May, we can help find accommodations and tickets. The prices for hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets are high. We can use our experience to arrange your trip and find discounts and save you time.
A 2-day Hangzhou tour: We visit West Lake Scenic Area, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and other Hangzhou attractions. Modify the tour as you wish with the "Tailor-Make Tour Form" below.
The 8-day Shanghai and Hangzhou regional tour: Travel, sightsee, dine, and shop in a big loop around the region. See the metropolitan areas of Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, and Suzhou. On the itinerary, there are ancient capital cities, the scenic Huangshan Mountain, and the historic Grand Canal. Tailor and modify the tour as you wish, and the links below can help you decide on where to go in the spring.
Fast bullet trains now connect the eastern cities. These trains allow you to travel much more conveniently and cheaply in eastern China than ever before. We suspect you'll enjoy these inexpensive, fast, and convenient trains. Design a trip with this Tailor-Make Tour Form>>