6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla December 24th, 2021 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Hangzhou soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Hangzhou and where to stay!

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Since China is definitely a big country, there a lot of towns and cities to explore. One of those is Hangzhou, a city near Shanghai. The West Lake and Leifeng Pagoda are just some of the tourist attractions you shouldn’t miss here. But if you’re planning of going to this city in the future, then below is the list of the places to visit and things to do in Hangzhou, China.

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List of Best Things to do in Hangzhou, China

1. West Lake (Xi Hu)

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Artificially created 1000 years ago, embedded in a harmonious hilly landscape, it is surrounded by parks and crossed by 2 wide dams, which also house parks. The large lake is navigated with a large number of boats while the smaller lakes can only be navigated by rowing boats. The lake is of great beauty with pavilions, pagodas, flowering trees, gardens of poets, etc. Your trip to Hangzhou won’t be complete without going here.

Suggested Tour: West Lake and Longjing Village Private Hiking Day Tour from Hangzhou

2. Lingyin Temple

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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A special feature of this temple is the sculptures carved Buddhas into the rock. You can stroll along a stream and admire the Buddhas, which are over 330 to 1000 years old. Even the way to the temple is a historical highlight with preserved and destroyed Buddhas. Despite the many visitors, the temple itself is a resting place. Very impressive!

Suggested Tour: Classic Hangzhou Day Tour (West Lake, Lingyin Temple, and Dragon Well Tea Village)

3. Hangzhou Songcheng

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Songcheng was opened in 1996 and was selected as a 4A-class tourist area in 2001 as a theme park with the theme of the Song dynasty culture. The basic content is a reproduction of historical features centered on Hangzhou, but especially the ‘Cheongojeong’, a dance show that has been performing since 1997, that is gaining worldwide fame. This place is a must-visit for a fun and memorable day!

4. Xixi Wetland Park

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Xixi Wetland Park was designed from a swamp landscape in the past centuries. Depending on which entrance you choose, a wide variety of walks and boat trips await you. There are also very good restaurants in the park. Furthermore, there are small villages in the park, where various souvenir shops and restaurants are located. If you have a mosquito repellent, don’t forget to bring it as there are a lot of mosquitoes in the park.

5. Hefang Street

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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If you are in Hangzhou, you should definitely not miss Hefang Street. There is everything your heart desires here, from small souvenir shops to stands where you can taste different kinds of food including exotic ones.

6. Leifeng Pagoda

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Often completely overcrowded, but the view from the pagoda is beautiful, thousands of Chinese people will agree. The pagoda was rebuilt in 2002 on the ruins of the old one. From the upper floors, you have a wonderful view of the lake and the city skyline, on the lower floors there are pictures and information about the construction of the pagoda with artistic pictures. Definitely worth a visit.

Suggested Tour: Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda and West Lake Tour

Where to Stay in Hangzhou, China

Budget Hotel

Infinity Youth Hostel Hangzhou West Lake

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

Located only a 5-minute walk from Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Xiaoyuan Memory Guest House offers comfortable accommodation. The guestrooms at Infinity Youth Hostel Hangzhou West Lake are all equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower. The rooms are decorated in a romantic style.

Price: Starts at $7 per night for a Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room, taxes and charges included, and it offers a free cancellation. 

Luxury Hotel

Park Hyatt Hangzhou

6 Best Things To Do in Hangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

Set in Hangzhou and with Wushan Square reachable within 7 km, Park Hyatt Hangzhou offers express check-in and check-out, allergy-free rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi throughout the property, and a fitness center. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. At the hotel, all rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Guests can also enjoy a continental breakfast.

Price: Starts at $291 per night for a Park Twin, add $48 for taxes and charges, $34 for breakfast, and offers a free cancellation.

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These are the possible things you can do in Hangzhou. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Hangzhou.

Fun Facts About Hangzhou, China

  • Hangzhou has 2 World Heritage Sites; the West Lake and the Grand Canal.
  • It is popular for its silk and tea.
  • The best season to visit Hangzhou is Spring and Fall. Just avoid weekends and Chinese Holidays.
  • Hangzhou is only around 170 km away from Shanghai.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.