Hangzhou, merited for many reasons, is particularly complimented for its well-developed public transport system. With low fares, a comfortable seating environment and friendly drivers, Hangzhou public buses have been favoured by many and even more so now that several tourist lines have been introduced.
The term ‘West Lake’ is not confined to the lake itself but to the hills on its three sides and the numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands that can be seen dotted about. Around the West Lake there are many bus stops for you to hop on and off enabling you to begin your walk around the lake, but it is choosing a bus to start your journey that is your number one stop to discovering a world of beauty, history and culture.
The most popular bus stops are located at Geling Peak (葛岭), Broken Bridge (断桥), Su Causeway (苏堤), YueFei Mausoleum(岳庙) and Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden (曲院风荷). You can also choose to take buses stopping at these places (most of them do) or tourist buses exclusively for tourists covering most West Lake scenic spots. There is no difficulty in telling tourist buses from the rest because all of them start with the capital letter Y.
The following are the tourist buses around West Lake with the attractions they pass listed below.
Y2: Hangzhou Railway Station ←→Lingyin Fare: RMB2 Hours: 8:00-18:00 / 8:00-18:30 Attractions: Temple to King Qian's (China Academy of Art), Qingbomen (Orioles Singing in the Willows), Long Bridge, Jingci Temple (Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill), Su Causeway, Yuhu Bay, Maojiabu, Lingyin (Lingyin Temple)
Y6: East of Wushan Square ←→ West Lake Gym Fare: RMB3 Hours: 8:30-17:40 / 7:30-16:30 Attractions:Wushan Square, Long Bridge, Jingci Temple, Su Causeway, Maojiabu, Hongchun Bridge (Twin Peaks Piercing the Cloud), Hangzhou Botanical Garden
Y9: Huanglong Sports Center ←→ Hangzhou Zoo Fare: RMB5 Hours: 8:00-16:00 / 9:00-17:00 Attractions:Huanglong Sports Center, Hubin Scenic Area, Qingbomen (Orioles Singing in the Willows), Jingci Temple, Hangzhou Zoo
Y10: Wushan Bu Station ←→ Zhejiang Provincial Museum Fare: RMB2 Hours: 7:30-17:30 / 8:00-17:50 Attractions:Wushan Square, Children's Palace, Geling Peak (Precious Stone Hill Floating in Rosy Cloud), Xiling Bridge, Zhejiang Provincial Museum
No. 51: Wushan Bus Station →Wushan Bus Station Fare: RMB2 Hours: 8:00-18:30 Attractions:Long Bridge, Jingci Temple, Su Causeway, Yuhu Bay, Dingjiashan Scenic Area, Guo's Villa, YueFei Mausoleum, Hangzhou Xinxin Restaurant(Xiling Bridge), Geling Peak(Precious Stone Hill Floating in Rosy Cloud), Broken Bridge, No.1 Lakeside Park
52: Huanglong Sports Center →Huanglong Sports Center Fare: RMB 2 Hours: 8:00-18:30 Attractions:Hangzhou Flower Nursery, Guo's Villa, Dingjiashan Scenic Area, Yuhu Bay, Su Causeway, Long Bridge, Wushan Square, Hubin Scenic Area, Shengli Theater, Children's Palace, Broken Bridge, Geling Peak(Precious Stone Hill Floating in Rosy Cloud), Xinxin Restaurant(Xiling Bridge), Yuefei's Temple and Tomb
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
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.