Hangzhou, located some 100 miles south of Shanghai, has long been renowned as one of China’s most prosperous cities, beloved and sought out by many for its memorable natural scenery, as well as well-preserved pagodas, temples and pavilions. The city itself is fast expanding and, like any major Chinese metropolis, parts of it can be overwhelming, fast-paced and noisy. A short way out of town, however, lies the 16-acre West Lake, a beautiful fresh-water lake that is one of the city’s main attractions.
Perfect forTrailblazers | Intellectuals | Soul Searchers
When to goMarch-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
Time in Hangzhou should be spent relaxing at one of its world-class resorts, sightseeing, tea sampling and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day 1: West Lake
Take the high-speed train from Shanghai and once settled, tour Hangzhou’s beautiful West Lake with a local guide. Framed on three sides by rolling hills, this enormous, fresh-water lake has been the inspiration of countless poems, paintings and calligraphy. Indagare can also arrange a boat when the lake’s shores are still relatively serene and watch Hangzhou locals practice Tai Chi.
Day 2: Hangzhou
Today, explore Hangzhou city with a visit to the old town, which is a great place to shop for souvenirs. Tour the renowned Hu Qing Yu Tang Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, housed in a beautifully restored ancient building. There, don’t miss the working pharmacy where Hangzhou locals still come to pick up herbal concoctions in a soaring central hall.
Day 3: Tea Plantation
Take a guided visit Longjing Village and the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. You can also enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and sample oolong and ginseng, along with the region’s famed green tea. After lunch, don’t miss the atmospheric Lingyin Temple, where Buddhist monks still live and pray. It is also home to one of the largest indoor Buddha statues in the world.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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The Amanfayun, is one of the most pioneering hotel projects in China that makes you want to stay put and enjoy the special ambience.
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Four Seasons West Lake
Nestled on the shore of the city’s main attraction—West Lake—the Four Seasons West Lake offers a beautiful, serene respite from China’s relentless buzzing and has already become a favorite of wealthy local (and international) travelers.
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