Dragon Well Tea Village

Top choice village in Hangzhou

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 themselves. During the spring, which is the best time to visit, straw-hatted workers can be seen picking the tea leaves by hand in the fields, and baskets of the fresh leaves are left out to dry in the sun back in the village.

Stop into any of the casual restaurants and teahouses to taste the tea itself, which is renowned throughout China. It's expensive but has a fine, distinctive flavour.

Well-signposted walking trails lead off from the village into the surrounding hills.