Top things to do

Top Choice Lake in Hángzhōu

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 Hangzhou in Hángzhōu

Green Tea Restaurant

Often packed, this excellent Hángzhōu restaurant has superb food. With a bare-brick finish and rows of clay teapots, the low-lit dining room is sleek and trendy. Prices are surprisingly low, with the signature fish-…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Hángzhōu

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 Hángzhōu

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 Hángzhōu

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 …
Top Choice Pub in Hángzhōu

Midtown Brewery

The craft-beer craze has certainly hit Hángzhōu 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 outstand…
Top Choice Zhejiang in Shàoxīng

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 pick…
Top Choice Hangzhou in Hángzhōu

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 generous …
Top Choice Club in Hángzhōu

JZ Club

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

Zhongshan South Road Food Street

Hángzhōu 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 run …