Hangzhou attractions

Top Choice Lake in Hangzhou

West Lake

The very definition of classical beauty in China, West Lake is utterly mesmerising: pagoda-topped hills rise over willow-lined waters as boats drift slowly through a vignette of leisurely charm. Walkways, perfectly …
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Hangzhou

Língyǐn Temple

Hángzhōu’s most famous Buddhist temple, Língyǐn Temple was originally built in AD 326, but has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 16 times. During the Five Dynasties (AD 907–960) about 3000 monks lived here. T…
Top Choice Village in Hangzhou

Dragon Well Tea Village

The lush, green scenery around this tea village up in the hills southwest of West Lake makes for a wonderful break from the bustle of Hangzhou. Visitors can wander through the village and up into the tea plantations…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Hangzhou

Jìngcí Temple

The serene yet monastically active Chan (Zen) Jìngcí Temple was originally built in AD 954 and is now fully restored. The splendid first hall contains the massive, foreboding Heavenly Kings and an elaborate red and …
Viewpoint in Hangzhou

Sunrise Terrace

Vantage point on Bǎoshí Shān.
Pagoda in Hangzhou

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Three kilometres southwest of West Lake, an enormous rail and road bridge spans the Qiántáng River. Close by rears up the 60m-high octagonal Six Harmonies Pagoda, first built in AD 960. The stout pagoda also served …
Street in Hangzhou

Qīnghéfāng Old Street

At the south end of Zhongshan Zhonglu is this touristy, crowded and bustling pedestrian street, with makeshift puppet theatres, teahouses and gift and curio stalls, selling everything from stone teapots to boxes of …
Island in Hangzhou

Xiǎoyíng Island

Wooden cruise boats shuttle visitors from a number of points on the banks of West Lake to the Mid-Lake Pavilion and Xiǎoyíng Island, which has a fine central pavilion and ‘nine-turn’ causeway. From the island you ca…
Museum in Hangzhou

Húqìngyú Táng Chinese Medicine Museum

The Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum has an actual dispensary and clinic adjoined to the museum. Originally established by the Qing dynasty merchant Hu Xueyan in 1874, the medicine shop and factory retain the t…
Museum in Hangzhou

China National Silk Museum

This vast museum is devoted to all things silk, covering fashion, craftsmanship and the historic Silk Road in great depth. Extensive galleries showcase the evolution of the qípáo (Chinese dress) from the 1920s onwar…