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 ChoiceHistoric Site in Nanxun

Bǎijiānlóu

Oddly overlooked by most visitors, this 400m stretch of 100 (or so) wooden row houses, flanking a narrow canal, is Nanxun's most charming spot. The buildings here have distinctive blue-black tiles and white...

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 ChoiceZhejiang in Shaoxing

Xiánhēng Jiǔdiàn

Xiánhēng Jiǔdiàn is a fantastic, if touristy, place to sample local food and drink. Dishes include dried broad beans stewed in fennel water (茴香豆, huíxiāng dòu) and 'drunk' river crab (醉蟹, zuì xiè) that has been...

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...

Architecture in Jinhua

Jinhua Architecture Park

Jinhua Architecture Park is made up of 16 pavilions, designed by international and domestic architects, strung over 2km along the Yìwū River. It was conceived and curated by the artist Ai Wei Wei, to honour his...

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...

Gallery in Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum

Opened in 2015, the imposing white slabs of this gallery couldn't be more in contrast to the black timber houses of the surrounding Xizha scenic area of Wuzhen, showing off modern mastery over the water while...

Buddhist Temple in Putuoshan

Puji Temple

Fronted by large ponds and overlooked by towering camphor trees and luohan pines, this restored Chan (Zen) temple stands by the main square and dates from at least the 17th century. Beyond chubby Milefo sitting...

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...

Dumplings in Ningbo

Gāngyāgǒu

Gāngyāgǒu has been making Ningbo's signature dumplings (宁波汤圆, Ningbo tāngyuán; six for ¥16), silky boiled rice cakes stuffed with sugar-spiked ground sesame, since 1926. They also come in more inventive flavours,...

Village in Zhejiang

Zhuge

Traditional Chinese village architecture and feng shui planning have created a village laid out according to the bāguà (八卦, eight trigrams) of the I Ching. Narrow cobblestone lanes trail off the centre of the...

Buddhist Temple in Putuoshan

Fayu Temple

Colossal camphor trees and a huge gingko tree tower over this yellow-roof-tiled Chan (Zen) temple, where a vast glittering statue of Guanyin sits resplendently in the main hall, flanked by 18 luóhàn effigies....