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 for
    Trailblazers | Intellectuals | Soul Searchers
  • When to go
    March-May | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    1-2 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.

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    Essential Hangzhou

    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.

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Indagare's Simone Girner
“Hangzhou’s main 'old' thoroughfare is Hefang Road and in between the tchotchke and trinket shops, you can still see traditional businesses, like the ones selling hand-sewn down comforters, traditional instruments or scissors, and an artisan bakery for peanut candy made on-site (definitely try it).”

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