Hangzhou has been one of China's most prosperous cities for many of the last thousand years. This makes it ideal for a holiday because you can see the wonderful temples, rich heritage and beautiful natural scenery, which is all just 180 km southwest of Shanghai. See what we have on offer and find a great deal on a hotel in Hangzhou. You're going to love your next vacation.
The most famous attraction in Hangzhou is West Lake. Surrounded by hundreds of fantastic tourist icons, the best way to enjoy it all is to pick a clear day and wander along the water's edge. As you follow the winding paths you'll come across many opportunities for a photo, and don't forget to take the ferries out to the islands! The most romantic site on the lake is the Broken Bridge, which has been the backdrop for many wedding photo shoots. Take the boat out to Lesser Yingzhou Isle and see the largest island on the lake. It was constructed in the 1600s and the ceremonial candles that are lit during the full moon create the illusion of moonlight which has led to its other name "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon". Discover some rarely seen treasures of the elites of traditional Chinese culture in the Zhejiang Museum, or if you love art the Zhejiang West Lake Gallery is not to be missed.
Leave the lake and you can walk to Wushan Square, which is in the main town centre of Hangzhou. The best shopping in the city lines the square, so pop in to the fancy boutiques before enjoying a delicious lunch at a nearby cafe. Learn all about ancient remedies in the Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, which is the only museum in the country where you can discover the secrets of China's medicinal beliefs.
Stop in at the Baopu Taoist Temple and admire the huge architectural structure and their many different shrines. You can get a great view of the city from the Baochu Pagoda on the north side of the lake, while you sit and admire the panoramas. Next up visit the Chongyi Church, which is one of the largest Protestant Churches in China, and welcomes visitors and tourists alike. For nature lovers, you can't miss Guo's Villa. It's the best example of a traditional private garden in Hangzhou, and as you walk through the paths it’s clear the entire garden honours the water spirit. Bring your photo gear and spot the unique birds who call the Xixi National Park home, while you explore the massive wetlands out west of the city.
Visitors to Hangzhou discover many delights as they explore the most famous area around West Lake. You couldn't possibly choose a better place to stay as you wander through beautiful nature, see fantastic temples and learn a little bit more about the rich Chinese culture that dates back thousands of years. Check out our great deals on a flight to China, and all you need to do is book your Hangzhou accommodation. Why wait to treat yourself with a fantastic getaway?
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