Hangzhou is an engaging city with lots to offer and with its well-developed public transportation system this makes it convenient for exploring, even for those who are not familiar with the city’s surroundings. As for the mode of transport, taking the subway is one way to finding the perfect stop for shopping, dining, and of course sightseeing.
Recommendation: Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum
Location: 581 North Zhongshan Road, West Lake Culture Square
Covering a floor area of 30,000 square meters with 104 exhibition projects and more than 300 exhibit items on the subject of life science, environmental science, material and aerospace science, energy science, IT technology, Zhejiang’s Science and Technology Museum is a great place for children and teenagers to broaden their horizons. Learn More About Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum.
Recommendation: Eight-Girl Musical Fountain
Location: 49 North Huancheng Road
The eight-girl musical fountain is one of the earliest landmarks of Hangzhou. The show, performing twice a day at 7:30 and 8:30 pm, involves a cascade of water that appears to dance to music and changing lights. The main waterspout is as tall as 36 meters. Visitors are always impressed by its amazing and magnificent beauty.
Restaurant Recommendation: Panggeliang Crab Pot (on average 60 RMB per person)
Address: near B1 Outlets, 4th floor, Building A, Hangzhou Shopping City, North Huancheng Road
The crab meat with its variety of special sauces is a popular choice and in addition to the crab pot, the succulent and boneless chicken feet are also a tasty treat.
Recommendation: Jiali Center
Location: 353 Yan’an Road
This mall, a new favorite for those in pursuit of fashion, is full of designer brands from all over the world.
Recommendation: Mr. Choi French Dessert (on average 104 RMB per person)
Address: 108 Attached Building, Shangri-la Hotel
This is a branch of Mr. Choi from Shanghai, a popular café that sells delicious French desserts. The café’s high prices have not stopped the fans from queuing up. If you fancy a slice of their most famous Napoleon cake then it’s advisable to book in advance.
Recommendation: Hubin Musical Fountain
Location: on the west intersection of Hubin Road and Pinghai Road
The world-famous West Lake, a symbol of Hangzhou, is home to a musical fountain that is regarded as the lake’s No.1 highlight. Many visitors and locals can often be seen flocking to the water’s edge, attracted like magnets to the fascinating combination of lights, music and cascading fountains.
Restaurant Recommendation: Base Grill (on average 97 RMB pp)
Address: 51 Hubin Road
Base (literally means Eight Colors in English) restaurant is a branch of the chain of restaurants that hail from South Korea. The decoration, apparatus and materials are the same as those used in the main restaurant in Seoul. The name of the restaurant indicates the 8 flavors of the grills, namely ginseng, wine, pine needle, garlic, flower, curry, bean sauce and spicy sauce.
Recommendation: Nanshan Campus of China Art Academy
Nanshan Campus of China Art Academy, without any bounding walls, is a part of the West Lake scenery. Ivy clings to the facade of the building with great vigor and the layout of the buildings and gardens gently releases the artistic ambiance of this place.
Recommendation: IVI 1895 Movie Street
Address: 4th Floor, Star Avenue 3rd Phase, 228 Jiangnan Avenue
This is believed to be one of the most beautiful cinemas in Hangzhou. The star avenue is one of its highlights. Learn More About Star Avenue
Restaurant Recommendation: Hiyang Super Buffet (on average 63 RMB pp)
Location: Star International Plaza, 228th Star Avenue
About 600 meters to the west of Jiangling Road Station stands the biggest non-smoking buffet grill restaurant. With more than 300 dishes to choose from and at reasonable prices, you will be glad you made this stop on your journey.
Recommendation: Xianghu Lake
Location: 2758 Fengqing Avenue
Compared with the West Lake, Xianghu Lake is much quieter and is often referred to as the shy sister situated in the south of Hangzhou. This is a place suitable for those who prefer tranquility to the hustle and bustle of downtown life. Read More about Xianghu Lake
Recommendation: Hangzhou Polar Ocean World
Location: 777 Xianghu Road, Xianghu Scenic Area
Hangzhou Polar Ocean World is one of the largest ocean parks in China and is the biggest ocean park in eastern China. It is home to more than a hundred polar animals like polar bears, wolves, foxes and whales, and many of which have never been seen in Hangzhou before. Read More About Hangzhou Polar Ocean World