Keep it Cozy with Hangzhou’s Winter Wonders
Heavy snow is one of the 24 Solar Terms in the traditional Chinese calendar and at this time of the year most of China’s northern cities are embracing the cold. As a southern city, with little snow, Hangzhou is still hitting the 10 degrees Celsius mark - so why not keep it cozy with the following winter wonders…
The Warmest - Hot Spring
During the cold winter days taking a hot spring bath is the perfect way to warm the mind, body and soul.
Recommendations Zhong’an Tuankou Hot Spring in Lin’an
Address: 188 Tuanquan Street, Tuankou Town, Lin’an
Hangzhou Yunman Hotel in Xiaoshan
Address: 2555 Fengqing Avenue, Xiaoshan District
The Most Delicious - Hotpot
Whilst the cold wind blows outside why not gather together inside over a steaming hotpot.
Recommendations Guo Xiao Er
From the local restaurant brand of Grandma’s Kitchen, comes Guo Xiao Er which has invented the novel concept of a hotpot supermarket which offers a free soup base, large portions of food and all at affordable prices.
Address: B1 Floor, Lixing Mingpin Plaza, 124 Pinghai Road
Guo Nei Guo Wai
Guo Nei Guo Wai is a popular hotpot buffet restaurant in Hangzhou and diners are often seen queuing up for the number of sizzling sensations. The restaurant considerately prepares snacks of popcorn and cake for those eager to be seated.
Address: 539 Fengqi Road
The Most Casual - Boating on West Lake
Gliding leisurely on the rippling West Lake under the sun with friends is one of the best ways to appreciate the West Lake’s beauty and without any crowds.
Tips: The 2017 West Lake Cruise Card is now available at 300 RMB. The card holder is entitled to bring a fellow passenger on board for free and the third and fourth passengers can enjoy a 25% discount off the original ticket price. The cruise departs from the ports in Su Causeway or Viewing Fish at Flower Pond every day. Please note that the card can only be used once a day.
The Most Devout – Praying at Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple is a sacred monument with numerous disciples. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and fresh air, this temple is notably tranquil. When visiting the temple it’s recommended that you burn incense and pray. On the 8th day of the twelfth lunar month in the Chinese calendar, Lingyin Temple will hold an activity of Laba porridge distribution where visitors and citizens will come for a cup of Laba porridge and a blessing from the Buddha.
Address: 1 Fayun Alley, Lingyin Road
Tips: The 2017 Hangzhou Temple Card is now available and will expire on 31 December, 2017. The card holder is entitled to enter the temple twice upon each visit but for multiple entrances admission is needed.
The Most Original - Old Hangzhou Charm
As a famous ancient city, Hangzhou is rich in historical relics. A new modern city can be constructed within one or two decades, but the charm of a historical city is formed over hundreds of years.
This tranquil alley, a block away from Hefang Street, is a world away from the bustling tourist attractions and is a true representation of a scene in ancient Hangzhou.
Five Willows Alley
Lying in the west of East River, Five Willows Alley is located at the site of Five Willows Garden, which was a little imperial garden in the Southern Song Dynasty.
The Most Romantic - Tiandu City
Tiandu City is a European-style park and as Europe is too far away, Tiandu City comes to the rescue with European-style architecture and recreational projects.
Address: Xingdu Avenue, Hangzhou
Public Transportation: bus No. 371, 535, 345, 762, 767
The Most Modern - Popular Shopping Mall
Every season is a shopping season but winter is the time for discounts and wrapping yourself in stylish coats, scarves and hats and in Hangzhou, a shopper’s paradise, you will be spoilt for choice.
Hangzhou Shopping City
Yintai Shopping Mall
Hubin Business District
The Healthiest - Mountain Climbing
The following mountain hiking routes: Precious Stone Hill, Jade Emperor Mountain, Lingfeng Peak and Laohe Mountain are all suitable for enjoying the heights and sights of Hangzhou and all have unique sceneries that are worth exploring too.
Recommendations Route 1: Broken Bridge – Precious Stone Hill - Geling Ridge - Ziyun Cave - Guapai Mountain - Wushi Peak – Breeze-Ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden
Time Duration: 2 hours
Route 2: Yuquan Campus of ZJU - Laohe Mountain - Jiangjun Mountain - Lingfeng Mountain - Guozi Top - Beigao Peak - Lingyin Temple Gate
Time Duration: 2 hours
Route 3: Hangzhou Zoo - Deyi Pavilion - Qixing Tank - Zilai Cave - Yuhuang Top - Old Yuhuang Temple - Yuhuang Mountain
Time Duration: 3 hours
Qiandao Lake in summer has many to offer and to enjoy the coolness of water in the lake and mountain streams are must-have. We did a thorough research ahead of time and hereby have collected a complete water fun guide of Qiandao Lake for you! Read on to learn more...
In order to improve the high-speed railway connection system and promote the construction of scenic areas in the whole region, Qiandao Lake opened its direct tourist buses to rural scenic areas on July 1. That is to say, people who are at the Qiandao Lake High-Speed Railway Station can take these buses directly to such rural scenic areas as the Xiajiang Village Scenic Area, the Shilin Scenic Area and the Jiangjia Scenic Area. These three routes pass through Fengshuling Town, Lishang Township, Shilin Town, Jieshou Village and Jiangjia Town. It will be more convenient for tourists to reach these scenic areas.