Top ChoiceLake in Hangzhou

West Lake

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 idyll of leisurely charm. Walkways, perfectly...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Site in Hangzhou

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple

Hangzhou’s most famous Buddhist temple, Lingyin Temple was originally built in AD 326, but has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 16 times. During the Five Dynasties period (907–960) about 3000 monks lived...

Top ChoiceVillage in Hangzhou

Longjing 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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Site in Hangzhou

Jingci Temple

The serene yet monastically active Chan (Zen) Jingci Temple was built in AD 954 and has been fully restored. The splendid first hall contains the massive, foreboding Heavenly Kings and an elaborate red and gold...

Top ChoiceHangzhou in Hangzhou

Grandma’s Home

There's no end to the hype about this restaurant, which now has branches across the whole country, with eager diners constantly clustering outside. It almost lives up to its reputation, with low prices and...

Top ChoicePub in Hangzhou

Midtown Brewery

The craft-beer craze has certainly hit Hangzhou and the standout place to sample some top-notch craft beers is Midtown Brewery. Housed in the Shangri-la hotel, the beers are brewed on-site and are genuinely...

Top ChoiceHangzhou in Hangzhou

Green Tea Restaurant

Often packed, this excellent Hangzhou restaurant, on the 3rd floor of Intime Mall, has superb food. With a bare-brick finish and rows of clay teapots, the low-lit dining room is sleek and trendy. Prices are...

Top ChoiceClub in Hangzhou

JZ Club

The folk that brought you JZ Club in Shanghai have the live jazz scene sewn up in Hangzhou with this neat three-floor venue in a historic building near West Lake. There are three live jazz sets nightly, with...

Market in Hangzhou

Zhongshan South Road Food Street

Hangzhou is spoilt for choice when it comes to foodie streets, and this stretch of Zhongshan Nanlu (starting at the Drum Tower) is an absolute delight. Casual sit-down restaurants line the road, and stalls that...

Dumplings in Hangzhou

Nánfāng Dà Bāo

Who would have thought the humble bāozi could taste so good? The fluffy steamed buns served at this small corner stand near the Rénhé Hotel building are simply huge, and come with either pork or a sweet bean...

Pagoda in Hangzhou

Six Harmonies Pagoda

The 60m-high octagonal Six Harmonies Pagoda, dating from AD 1165 in its current form but first built in AD 960, is a stout pagoda that once served as a lighthouse, and was said to possess magical powers to halt...

Street in Hangzhou

Qinghefang Old Street

At the southern 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...

Silk in Hangzhou

Hangzhou Silk City

Hangzhou is famous for its silks and there are certainly bargains to be found in this seven-storey market. You'll have to work hard to get them, though. Head straight for the 5th and 6th floors (lower levels just...

Market in Hangzhou

Wushan Lu Night Market

Wushan Lu Night Market doesn't have too much to offer by way of interesting souvenirs, but it's still a pleasant place to stroll for half an hour or so. Stalls sell knock-off cosmetics and bags, cheap clothes,...

Museum in Hangzhou

Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum

The Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum has a dispensary and clinic adjoined to the museum. Established by the Qing dynasty merchant Hu Xueyan in 1874, the medicine shop and factory retain the typical style of...

Island in Hangzhou

Xiaoying Island

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

European in Hangzhou

Carbon

The crowd is super-stylish, the lakeside location is outstanding, and the chandeliers, gorgeous botanical arrangements and soft-wood decor make Carbon a fine place for an evening meal. The food itself doesn'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...

Chinese in Hangzhou

Innocent Age Book Bar

Enjoy snacks, cakes, tea and coffee on a glorious terrace overlooking the West Lake at this cafe set just down the slope of Baoshi Hill from Baochu Pagoda. Try the huge and flavoursome bowl of Hangzhou beef...

Chinese in Hangzhou

Dōngyīshùn

Specialising in food from China’s Muslim Hui minority, this busy Gaoyin Jie spot has lamb kebabs (羊肉串, yáng ròu chuàn; ¥10 for four), roast mutton (¥40) and roast chicken (¥48) like all the others, but you’ll...