Things to do in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is popular for the scenic West Lake

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.


Things to do in Hangzhou


Explore the lake

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.


Hangzhou Botanical Gardens

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.


When to go to Hangzhou

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.


Things to do in Hangzhou

Hangzhou Facts

Population8 800 000
AirportXiaoshan, China (HGH)

Hangzhou average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Hangzhou - The Grand Canal

If you look at a map of China and find the two main rivers, the Yellow River and the Yangtze River, you will notice that both of them go from west to east. The Grand Canal is an artificial river starting at Beijing in the north and finishing in the Zhejiang province in the south, connecting the two main rivers. This project had the objective of facilitating trading, shipping raw materials and supplying food to the population. The oldest sections of the canal date as back as to the 5th century BC and were finally combined around the 7th century AD, still being used today. This waterway system became part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014 for being the greatest civil engineering project prior to the Industrial Revolution.

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

Hangzhou’s West Lake, including the temples, pagodas and gardens around it, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. It has inspired artists and poets since the 9th century and today it is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in China. The lake is surrounded on one side by the city of Hangzhou and on three sides by hills where the temples and other sites have been built. The beauty of the landscape lies on the equilibrium between nature and man, and a great time to enjoy it would be early in the morning. Be ready to walk for a good while and maybe take a boat trip in the lake!

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Hangzhou Opera House

Hangzhou Grand Theatre

This stunning opera house, located near the Qiantang River in central Hangzhou might be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. In Hangzhou culture, opera has always been an important art form and you can understand that when you gaze upon the Hangzhou Grand Theatre. This opera house is built with equal parts of love and engineering excellence with state of the art stage technology. If you are the kind of person who hates it when cellphones start ringing during shows (who isn't?) you will probably be pleased to know that the Hangzhou Grand Theatre has installed a shield technology of electronic communication, making sure to keep the performances disruption free. The opera house is constantly attracting international talents such as the Berlin Orchestra Symphony but also national prides such as the National Ballet of China and the Hangzhou Shaoxing Opera Troupe. Make sure to not miss it when you are in Hangzhou!

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Hangzhou Marathon

The Hangzhou Marathon is an annual marathon event in November and was established in 2007. It is a marathon event that has something for everyone, no matter if you are the athletic type and want to run a classic marathon or if you are more of a casual runner and want to take part in the shorter, 14k and 7k distances. It is also a great marathon to spectate since there are a lot of sights along the race course, for example the famous West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also run along the Qiantang River where you get a great view of the city.

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Hangzhou ski vacations - Known for beautiful scenery

Skiing might not be the first thing to cross your mind while thinking of southern China, but Daming Mountain Ski Resort in Hangzhou surprises in that department! It is in fact known for its beautiful scenery involving high mountains, waterfalls, virgin forest, impressive rock formations, valleys and creeks. Daming Mountain is about 3 600 ft (1 100 m) high with a choice of slopes to pick from. The resort doesn’t see much snow coming the natural way, instead they have snowmaking machines to solve that problem. But don’t be mistaken, as the skiers slide down the slopes snowflakes swirls around and the fake snow can even be mistaken for the real thing.

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Golf in Hangzhou

In Hangzhou, you can play on Hangzhou Westlake International Golf & Country Club and Lake Hill Golf Hangzhou. Both courses are great 18 hole experiences, where nature and golf design meet in the most pleasant way. Challenge yourself from the back tee or have a relaxing round of playful golf from the front tee. These clubs will be fun to play no matter if you are a regular golfer or more of a casual one.

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