Hangzhou undoubtedly possesses one of the most beautiful natural sceneries in all of China. Many artists and poets have captured Hangzhou’s natural wonders in words or paintings. Aside from its raw, natural beauty, the city is most visited for its share of cultural and historical attractions.
The West Lake is undoubtedly the most popular holiday destination in Hangzhou. You can ride a boat and explore the tranquil waters of the lake or trek the surrounding area and find an array of bridges, pavilions, and parks.
Just south of the lake is the Hangzhou Zoo where you can find pandas, bears, lions, tigers, and other interesting animals. There is also an animal show featuring circus-style performances.
You can also visit and stroll along the Hangzhou Botanical Gardens. It is particularly colorful in spring when the flowers are in full bloom and in fall when the leaves change from green to brown.
One of the most fun things to do in Hangzhou is to explore the shopping scene of the city. There is a bustling roadside night market, a Western-style mall, and an assortment of specialized markets and stores that can be found almost anywhere in the city.
Nanshan Road is the main nightlife district in Hangzhou. If you want a less crowded area to find bars and clubs, you can head to Shuguang Road instead.
The humid subtropical climate of the city is divided into four seasons. Summers are generally hot, humid, and rainy while winters are typically cloudy, chilly, and relatively drier than the summer season. In the coldest month of January, Hangzhou experiences an average temperature of 4.3 °C (39.7 °F). In July, the city’s hottest time of the year, the average temperature is 28.4 °C (83.1 °F).
Spring and autumn are popular times to visit the city. However, the autumn season sees a larger crowd of tourists because of the Mid-Autumn Festival when locals and visitors marvel at the Qiangtang River tide in daytime.
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