Add: No.30 Solitary Hill Road, Hangzhou (杭州孤山路30号, bus No. 850, No. 7, No.81 available) Tel: (0571)87969682, 87969023 Recommended reason: This over 160-year-old traditional restaurant is noted as “the first restaurant of Jiangnan (the southern Yangtze River of China)”. Authentic Hangzhou cuisine is available. You can enjoy delicious food as well as the beautiful scenery of West Lake. Specialties: West Lake Carp in Sweet and Sour Sauce(西湖醋鱼), Dong Po Pork(东坡肉), Bagger’s Chicken(叫花鸡) Tips: Because the restaurant is very prosperous, you need to reserve seats in an early time. Average Price: CNY 95 per person Scenic spots nearby: Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden(曲院风荷), Solitary Hill(孤山), Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake(平湖秋月)
Add: No. 8 Yuquan Road, Hangzhou (杭州玉泉路8号) Tel: 0571-87986621, 87995866 Recommended Reason: Housed in Hangzhou Botanical Garden, the restaurant is full of serene atmosphere. Outdoor tables are available. The delicious fish head dishes are unparallel. Specialties: King of Delicious Fish Head (八宝鱼头王) Tips: free admission (CNY 10) to Hangzhou Botanical Garden if booking tables in an early time Average price: CNY 80-130 per person Scenic spots nearby: Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Visiting Lingfeng for Plum Blossoms (灵峰探梅)
Tian Wai Tian(天外天)
Add: No. 2 Tianzhu Road, Hangzhou (杭州天竺路2号, bus y1, y2, y4, k7, 507, 538 available) Tel: (0571)87960650 Recommended reason: situated at the foot of Lingyin Peak Flying from Afar, delicious vegetarian meals Specialties: Su Tianzhu (素天竺), Pickled Bamboo Shoots(雪菜鞭笋), Shelled Shrimps with Dragon Well Green Tea(龙井虾仁), Dong Po Pork(东坡肉),Salmon with Pine Nuts(松子鲑鱼) , Osmanthus Chestnut Soup (桂花鲜栗) Tips: reasonable prices, a little bit of noises Average price: CNY 60 per person Scenic spots nearby: Lingyin Temple, Peak Flying from Afar(飞来峰)
Add: No. 154 Jiefang Road, Hangzhou (the main restaurant); No. 348 Wenhui Road (the branch) Tel: (0571)87029012, (0571)87063206 Recommended reason: various delicious noodles are available; many celebrities once visited in the restaurant Specialties: Noodles with Quick-fried Eel Shreds and Shelled Shrimps(虾爆鳝面),Pian’erchuan Noodles(片儿川面), Delicious Noodles in Chili Oil（红油八宝面） Tips: flavors and prices are same in the branch and main restaurants. But, the branch is of more elegant atmosphere. Average price: CNY 30 per person
Add: No.85 Hefang Street, Hangzhou (杭州河坊街85号, bus No.35, No. 40, No. 155, No.8 available) Tel: (0571)86076969 Recommended reason: Noodles with Quick-fried Eel Shreds and Shelled Shrimps is a “gold medal” of Hangzhou delicacies. Many students come here for it, wishing to get a fluke for their examinations. Specialties: Noodles with Quick-fried Eel Shreds and Shelled Shrimps(虾爆鳝面), Fish Noodle with Crab Spawn(蟹黄鱼面) Average price:CNY25 per person
Add: No.83 Renhe Road, Hangzhou（杭州仁和路83号） Tel: (0571)87018638, (0571)87017778 Specialties: Zhiwei Meat Bun(知味小笼), Cat’s Ear(猫耳朵), Double Happiness(幸福双) Tips: snacks on the first floor, dishes on the second floor, a little bit crowded Average price: CNY 40 per person
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.