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----Welcome to Hangzhou

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is the provincial center in Economy, Culture, Science and Education. It is a famous city in history and culture and also an important national tourist city with the beautiful scenery. Located at the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, the west end of Hangzhou Bay, the lower reaches of Qiantang River and the southern end of the Grand Canal (Beijing-Hangzhou), it is one of the most important central cities in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta and a hub of transportation in southeast China. The geographic position of the city proper is latitude 30° 16' north and longitude 120°12' east.Hangzhou owns the natural environment integrating rivers, lakes and hills. The hilly area of the city accounts for 65.6 percent of the total, which concentrate in the west, middle and south, the plain 26.4 percent, which scatter in northeast, rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs 8 percent. The world’s longest cannel known as the Great Cannel winds through the city as well as the Qiangtang river which is noted for the magnifi cent view of tidal rush.Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It is warm and humid with suffi cient sunshine and plentiful rainfall. In 2008, its average annual temperature is 17.5℃ , the average relative humidity 70 percent, the annual rainfall 1,273.9millimeters and the annual sunshine time 1,641.2 hours.

Hangzhou map

With excellent traffic and transportation conditions for Hangzhou's tourism, visitors can choose from various safe and convenient means of transportation to enter or leave the city. The Hangzhou Jianqiao Airport is both a main-line domestic airport and a regular international airport.

There are now 41 flight lines in operation, including that of Hangzhou-Hong Kong, while the international passenger flight line from Hangzhou to Singapore and the passenger/freight chartered line from Hangzhou to Japan are under construction. In 1997 the airport had a passenger load of 1.1294 million person-times. The project of the Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport has formally begun construction with the approval of the State Council and the Central Military Committee. In the railway sector Hangzhou's New Passenger Railway Station is now under construction and is expected to complete in the year of 2000. The Hangzhou Eastern Railway Station is being used for the transition, with 6 pairs of special tourist trains in operation and 2 pairs of tourist trains making stopover in the station.

Hangzhou has also built passenger wharfs on the canal, with pleasure boats to Suzhou, Wuxi and other places in operation. The "Paradise" luxurious passenger liner is here to welcome and take passengers. In January 1996 Hangzhou put the Hangzhou-Ningbo highway into operation, with the Shanghai-Hangzhou highway be expected to be in operation by the end of 1999 thus making Hangzhou a main hub for highways across the province. There are 101 bus and trolley bus lines in the urban area of Hangzhou, with 7 tourist lines leading to scenic spots, facilitating visitors' sight-seeing.

There are more than 5,000 taxicabs in total in the city, providing regular services for both local residents and visitors. The city's Head Corporation of Public Traffic has made an investment of 3.2 million RMB in purchase of 8 luxurious buses, manned by tourist guides and waitresses, and put the Around the West Lake sight-seeing bus line into operation.

Urban Traffic

Hangzhou has now 104 bus and trolley bus lines, including 16 mini-bus lines, with 1524.8 standard operational vehicles, 15 traffic lines leading to major tourist attractions, including one sight-seeing bus line (507) and 7 special tourist lines. The extensive public traffic system of the city provides good conditions for the tourist operation.

In addition, the city has manned the sight-seeing bus line (507) with tourist guides, made investment of 3.20 million RMB in the purchase of 8 sight-seeing buses with special waitresses with work certificates after their training, and put into operation 7 tourist lines, 7, 27, 308, 324, 505, 508 and 538.

Train:
Hangzhou is a large transport terminal for eastern china. there are also many trains having their starting point in Hangzhou. Daily services from Hangzhou to China's major cities are conveniently available. some trains passing through stop at the Hangzhou eastern train station.
Bus: The city has four long distance bus stations, east, west, south and north bus stations. Buses to the neighboring areas including Nanjing and Shanghai are plentiful.
Local Transportation: Extensive bus routes reach almost each corner of the city proper. Each bus route has designated stops which is well maked for being easily found. fares are very cheap: 1 yuan if the bus is not air-conditioned and 2 yuan if it is. prices for special bus lines and buses running to the neighboring rural areas vary according to the bus condition and distance.
Taxi: Taxis are also widely available and allow for convenient and quick trips around the city. Look for cabs in a green color, marked with 'Taxi'. Meters in the cabs are required by law, and few, if any, of the drivers speak English. Best to be able to point out your destination on a map or have the addresses written in Chinese in order to avoid confusion. A subway system is also being planned for the city, with the first line scheduled for completion in 2012.
Boat: Of course a city with a waterfront like Hangzhou comes equipped with waterbuses and ferries. Take a ferry down the Grand Canal while passing along the Canal Culture Square and check out the new Xiaohe Street, which is sure to make you feel like you have stepped back into historical China.
Bike Round: Even with 1.7 million residents, as well as numerous tourists, the city is well known to be bike friendly. The city's massive public bike system allows for tourists to see the city on the cheap. It is a convenient and fun way to take in the sights around West Lake. If the bikes seem more like your thing, then purchase a stored value card a various places around the city, such as 20 Longxiang Qiao. Each bike station will supply you with a free tourist map of the city that points out all the bike stations in the area, as well as the important tourist sights. Make sure to bring along a photo ID, such as a passport, which is needed to rent a bike, and check to make sure the tires and seat are in good form. Bikes are free for the first hour and accumulate small fees in the following hours rented.

Accormodations
Hangzhou has a host of hotels to meet different needs. An abundance of hotels, hostels, inns and luxury resorts are located in Hangzhou. There is something to meet the needs of every traveler. For those more on a budget, hostels and youth houses such as the West Lake Youth House and the Hangzhou International Youth Hostel, are clean and affordable alternatives to hotels. Many mid-level hotels offer high quality service at an affordable family rate. The Redstar Culture Hotel is not only rated as a 4 star hotel, but it's also surrounded by many of the sights that tourists come to see in Hangzhou. The Lakeview Hotel, gives you just that; a hotel right on the waterfront and close to famous spots in the area. The hotel also boasts rejuvenating hydrotherapy treatment and helpful services for any and all of your needs.
And if luxury is what you are looking for, then you have come to the right place. Hangzhou is home to many 5 star hotels and resorts, sure to satisfy even the most pampered traveler. The Four Seasons West Lake, located at the northwest corner of the lake, takes you to a magical, secluded village, while still only being minutes away from major attractions in the area. Among other things, it offers fine dining, a top-notch concierge service, and everything that Chinese hospitality has to offer.
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Tourist Attractions
Hailed for centuries" the paradise on earth", Hangzhou offers visitors some sights either of the superlative natural beauty or rich cultural, historical significence or a combination of both. in and around Hangzhou, travelers can find the west lake, symbol of the city for years, some historical heritages sites such as the lingyin temple, the largest and most resplendent buddhism temple in that region, tomb of general Yuefei and other important architecture landmarks as the six harmonies pagoda and the leifeng pagoda. many other sights in the city are also well worth a trip.
Shopping
Whether you've come to Hangzhou for the scenic views, hiking, or just to relax, there is no way you'll want to leave the city without visiting some of the beautiful markets the town has to offer. The Hangzhou China Silk Town, located on Tiyuchang Road, is made up several hundred meters of booths and vendors selling silk any and everything. From ties to pajamas, handcrafts to robes, there is something for everyone in The Silk Town. But for something truly unique, the Night Market, right near Wushan, is a market that springs to life every evening. Within its rows of artisans and vendor booths, you can find Mao memorabilia, jewelry, fans, pipes, and handicrafts. If bargaining is your thing, then this is the place to be. Hangzhou also offers more tradition malls and clothing stores. A brand new high-end mall, called the MIXC, located in the new Central Business District, boasts designer brands, imported foods, IMAX theaters and even an indoor ice skating rink!
And for a more traditional shopping experience, why not check out the Hefang Old Street. It showcases a variety of Chinese crafts, candy, hand-made figurines, century old shops, as well as a wide variety of local snacks and delicacies. The street is packed with teahouses, bonsai shops, caricaturists and artists, and makes for a lively and vibrant walk into the past.


Hangzhou Dining
Of course, with traveling to new and exciting places, comes the taste of the real culture, literally! Whether you are looking for a formal dinning experience or a quick, local street snack, Hangzhou is sure to have exactly what you are in the mood for. Hangzhou cuisine consists of several dishes that have been passed from generation to generation for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.More

Passenger Transportation on The Canal

If you are going to visit Suzhou and Wuxi after having a wonderful time at the West Lake, there are pleasure steamers, including luxurious steamers, going to Suzhou and Wuxi from the Wulin Gate Wharf Anight journey on the ancient canal will leave you with numerous nice memories. Information desk telephone: 5153050.
Both the West Lake in Hangzhou and Huangshan Mountains in Anhui Province are among the top 10 scenic spots in China, a distance of more than 200km away from each other, joined by traffic by air, water and highway.

It is only a 25-minute flight from Hangzhou to the city of Huangshan and then a 70-km drive will lead you to the Huangshan Mountain. It is about 7-hour hus drive from Hangzhou to the Huangshan Mountain. If you take alternative land road and water way, along the Fuchun River, Xin'an River and the Thousand-Island Lake though a longer distance, you will enjoy the beautiful natural and man-made scenery in the area. Because of the beautiful landscapes along the short traffic distance, Hangzhou has become the transfer station for visitors going to Huangshan Mountain.

Truly enough, visitors can enter Huangshan Mountain area by airway or railway form Hefei, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Guilin and other places, and then make their transfer or leave in Hangzhou. Hangzhou-Huangshan is the golden tourist route in East China.

Hangzhou weather is generally warm and mild  year round, with abundant sunshine and rainfall. There are four clear-cut seasons – a short and rainy spring, a hot and humid summer, a cool and clear autumn, and a dry and cold winter.

There are two rainy seasons in Hangzhou – one is the Plum Rain Season beginning in late June through early July; the other comes with heavy rains and potential typhoons in August and September. High tourist season occurs in spring (Mar. to May) and autumn (Sep. to Nov.) when the average temperature is 17 C (63 F).


 
Average Temperature Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
(°C) 3~9 4~10 6~15 15~20 15~25 22~29 25~33 25~33 20~29 15~24 10~18 3~12
Real-time Weather
Useful Phone Numbers Police:
0571-110
Fire Emergency:
0571-119
Phone No. Enquiry:
0571-114
Hospital Ambulance:
0571-120
Railway Enquiry:
0571-11185
Flight Enquiry:
0571-8666 2404
Taxi Call:
0571-2881 1111
 
Travel Tips Best time to visit Hangzhou:
It is wonderful experience to visit Hangzhou when the climate is temperate and flowers are in blossoms, especially peach blossoms on Su Causeway. But it rains frequently in spring. Autumn is another good option when it is mild and less rainy. And there will be festivities held in West Lake area during Chinese Mid-autumn Festival holiday (around late September).
Taxi charge:
Starting price of RMB10 plus RMB1 as fuel surcharge, and RMB2 per km after exceeding 3 km. If the mileage exceeds 10 km, there will be additional 50% of the taxi fare charged as empty-car fare.
Airport operates international routes including Macau, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Nagoya.
How to get there:
Aviation: Xiaoshan Airport reaches Hangzhou to main cities in China and also access to international cities like Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Osaka, Seoul, Pusan, Macau and Hong Kong;
Railway: three important railway lines of the country: Shanghai-Kunming, Hangzhou-Xuancheng (Anhui Province) and Hangzhou-Ningbo;
Highway: 5 expressways (Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo, Hangzhou-Huangshan, Hangzhou-Nanjing, Hangzhou-Thousand Island Lake, and Hangzhou-Jinhua-Quzhou ), plus 11 national and provincial highways.


 

A tour of Hangzhou-Huangshan Mountains takes 5 to 7 days, with basic routes as follows:

a. Arrive in Hangzhou-visit the West Lake-flight to the city of Huangshan-drive to Huangshan Mountain spots-cable car riding up to the Beihai scenic spot and visit the Huangshan Moutains-cable car riding down the Huangshan Mountain-flight back to Hangzhou or directly to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and other places.

b. Arrive in Hangzhou-visit the West Lake-drive to the Thousand Island Lake and visit-steamer to the Shendu Ferry and then drive to the Huangshan Mountains-cable car riding up to the Beihia Scenic spot-cable car riding down the mountains and then drive back to Hangzhou or other places.

c. Arrive in the city of Huangshan-sightseeing by bus in the Huangshan scenic spots-drive back to the city of Huangshan and visit the Old Street of Street of Tunxi-flight to Hangzhou and sightseeing at the West Lake-flight to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, or other places.

d. Arrive in the city of Huangshan-drive to the Huangshan scenic spots, sightseeing-drive back to the city of Huangshan and sightseeing in the Old Advertising Street of Tunxi-flight or railway to Hangzhou, or directly to Beijing, Guangzhou; Shanghai or other places.

Major Attractions for Hangzhou Tour: Six Harmonies Pagoda, Lingyin Temple, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Running Tiger Spring, Yue Fei Temple, Fish Wonder at Flower Harbor, Jade Spring, Song City, Future World, Tea Museum, Silk Museum and so on.

Major Attractions for Huangshan Mountains Tour: Heaven Capital Peak, Cloudy Pavilion, Rock Flown From Afar, Shixin Peak, Dawn Pavilion, Monkey Watching Sea, Lion Mountaintop, Horizontal Cloud Peak, Dream Writing, Jade Screen Pavilion and so on.