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The 2018 Hangzhou Year-Round Travel Guideline

Since the new year has kicked off, have you thought about your travel plans for the next twelve months? If you don’t have time for long-distance travel, then why not enjoy a weekend tour every single month!

spring
March

March

Despite the chilly air, the romantic cherry blossoms in March still hold onto their petals for all to admire. If you wish to avoid the crowds at Princes Bay Park, then White Pagoda Park on the old Fuxing Road is also a paradise for shutterbugs wanting to capture the last of the cherry blossom in bloom...

Despite the chilly air, the romantic cherry blossoms in March still hold onto their petals for all to admire. If you wish to avoid the crowds at Princes Bay Park, then White Pagoda Park on the old Fuxing Road is also a paradise for shutterbugs wanting to capture the last of the cherry blossom in bloom. Hangzhou's White Pagoda Park is the place where the initial station of Hangzhou’s first railway was located and in March, the blooming blossom starts to fall on the tracks of the old historic site. Taking the small train in the park is a-great-way to journey into spring.

April

April

The time after rainfall, around Tomb Sweeping Day, is the best time for picking tea leaves, which are just tender shoots but spread their pungent scent in the air afar. If you’d like to see tea gardens in Hangzhou, then Longwu Tea Garden in Shangchengdai Village, Zhuantang Sub-district, Xihu District, is a wonderful choice...

The time after rainfall, around Tomb Sweeping Day, is the best time for picking tea leaves, which are just tender shoots but spread their pungent scent in the air afar. If you’d like to see tea gardens in Hangzhou, then Longwu Tea Garden in Shangchengdai Village, Zhuantang Sub-district, Xihu District, is a wonderful choice. A large range of green tea gardens unroll to reveal a fresh and natural scene of the tea village. Here you may return to nature, free your mind, and experience the tea culture.

The Dragon Well Tea around the West Lake concentrates at places like Meijiawu Village. The local farmers have tea gardens on the hills and their tea manors below. Every time when tea-picking season comes, people who hope to experience picking tea-leaves would come in an endless stream. They’ll pick tea-leaves with their own hands, attempt to make tea, taste the brand-new tea, and then enjoy the Hangzhou style farmers’ cuisine.

May

May

May is the season when flowers bloom, and the most suitable season for green lane cycling around the Qiandao Lake. Along the way sometimes there are cannas, sometimes there are verbenas, red, yellow, purple, pink... Cycling together with several friends, bathed in warm sunshine while appreciating...

May is the season when flowers bloom, and the most suitable season for green lane cycling around the Qiandao Lake. Along the way sometimes there are cannas, sometimes there are verbenas, red, yellow, purple, pink... Cycling together with several friends, bathed in warm sunshine while appreciating flowers and landscape of lake and mountains, is surely one of the routes to happiness.

summer
June

June

June is known as the rainy season in Hangzhou but in Hangzhou’s mountainous area, the onset of rain brings with it another pretty scene, namely, the waterfall.

Waterfall clusters appear in many places, such as Zijin Peak, Hongshan Col, Jiupaojie, Pingqian...

June is known as the rainy season in Hangzhou but in Hangzhou’s mountainous area, the onset of rain brings with it another pretty scene, namely, the waterfall.

Waterfall clusters appear in many places, such as Zijin Peak, Hongshan Col, Jiupaojie, Pingqian Village in Chun’an, East Tianmu Waterfall, Eighteen Dragon Pond in Lin’an, Daqi Mountain National Forest Park, Baiyunyuan Scenic Area in Tonglu, Dragon Gate Mountain in Fuyang and so on. All of them are great destinations for people who like to explore the wet and wild.

July

July

In July, the middle of summer, an indispensable recreational activity of Hangzhou native people is the admiring of lotus flowers. At this time, lotus flowers in the West Lake bloom increasingly exuberantly and make people completely intoxicated with their beauty. Watching from the lotus flower zone...

In July, the middle of summer, an indispensable recreational activity of Hangzhou native people is the admiring of lotus flowers. At this time, lotus flowers in the West Lake bloom increasingly exuberantly and make people completely intoxicated with their beauty. Watching from the lotus flower zone, you’ll see thick lotus leaves, fully bloomed flowers, tender flower buds, green seedpod, patches of flower sea, which are as beautiful as a painting no matter which angle you view them from.

August

August

In August, as temperatures keep on rising it’s best to look for cool and refreshing hideouts like Jiande which maintains a constant 17-degree temperature all year! Whether it's summer or winter, the river’s water temperature, as well as the air, maintains a steady 17 degrees. Xin’an River, in summer...

In August, as temperatures keep on rising it’s best to look for cool and refreshing hideouts like Jiande which maintains a constant 17-degree temperature all year! Whether it's summer or winter, the river’s water temperature, as well as the air, maintains a steady 17 degrees. Xin’an River, in summer, is incredibly picturesque and its water is crystal clear and cool to the touch from the summer’s refreshing breeze. When mist arises, you’ll see boats floating on the river, just like a scene from fairyland.

autumn
September

September

It’s still hot in September. The water level also rises to its highest, which contributes to the prettiest season of the Qiandao Lake. During this period, the many islets look like that they are floating gracefully on the lake.

Meifeng Island and Huangshan Peak, both have particularly...

It’s still hot in September. The water level also rises to its highest, which contributes to the prettiest season of the Qiandao Lake. During this period, the many islets look like that they are floating gracefully on the lake.

Meifeng Island and Huangshan Peak, both have particularly great viewing platforms. Huangshan Peak’s primary front has an altitude of 266 meters which is the highest island in the Pearl Archipelago. Climbing onto the top of the mountain, you’ll have a panoramic view of more than 90 islands which construct a picturesque landscape scenery. As for Meifeng Viewing Deck, this is such an extraordinary place for sightseeing from which you’ll have a panoramic view of more than 300 big or small islets.

October

October

Late in autumn, ginkgo leaves gradually turn yellow, maple leaves turn red, and the Zhinan Village in Hangzhou, Lin’an, enters its most picturesque season of the year. Here there are curving mountain paths, relatively low slopes, a clear pond in the village where ducks and geese gather together, patches...

Late in autumn, ginkgo leaves gradually turn yellow, maple leaves turn red, and the Zhinan Village in Hangzhou, Lin’an, enters its most picturesque season of the year. Here there are curving mountain paths, relatively low slopes, a clear pond in the village where ducks and geese gather together, patches of tall and straight maple trees behind the village. It is the collage of red, yellow and green leaves that make this village a colourful viewing creation...

November

November

Changle Forestry Station is situated at Jing Mountain in Yuhang and covers an area of more than 20,000 mu. It is recognized as one of the “Top Ten Unbeknown Secret Places with Great Fall Scenery”. If a region of rivers and lakes could be compared to an elegant ink-wash painting, then Changle Forestry Station must...

Changle Forestry Station is situated at Jing Mountain in Yuhang and covers an area of more than 20,000 mu. It is recognized as one of the “Top Ten Unbeknown Secret Places with Great Fall Scenery”. If a region of rivers and lakes could be compared to an elegant ink-wash painting, then Changle Forestry Station must be compared to a sharp colored oil painting. The color of golden mingled with fiery red maple leaves covers all the mountains and in doing so presents a vibrant sense of autumn.

winter
December

December

Late in autumn, reed fields all around Hangzhou start to turn white and in winter, the wind blows up reed catkins as if it’s snowing. Don’t miss the North Reed Lake ten kilometers away from Pingyao where there are more than a thousand mu of contiguous reed marshes which, in winter, reveal a white...

Late in autumn, reed fields all around Hangzhou start to turn white and in winter, the wind blows up reed catkins as if it’s snowing. Don’t miss the North Reed Lake ten kilometers away from Pingyao where there are more than a thousand mu of contiguous reed marshes which, in winter, reveal a white and wonderful land.

January

January

Entering winter, wave after wave of cold air pours in and it is at this time that frost creates the most amazing scenes. The best place for admiring the morning's frost is Prince’s Peak which has the reputation of “the Best Place for Admiring Snow in Lin’an”. The white frost sends forth a radiant ray of light...

Entering winter, wave after wave of cold air pours in and it is at this time that frost creates the most amazing scenes. The best place for admiring the morning's frost is Prince’s Peak which has the reputation of “the Best Place for Admiring Snow in Lin’an”. The white frost sends forth a radiant ray of light under the blue sky that exerts beautiful hues of both blue and white.

February

February

In winter when all things wither, it’s the plum blossom that stands bright, adding color and depth to Hangzhou’s winter. When admiring plum blossom, Hangzhou Super Mountain Tourist Attraction, a national 4A level tourist scenic area, is one of the top three famous scenic spots. This region, south of the Yangtze River...

In winter when all things wither, it’s the plum blossom that stands bright, adding color and depth to Hangzhou’s winter. When admiring plum blossom, Hangzhou Super Mountain Tourist Attraction, a national 4A level tourist scenic area, is one of the top three famous scenic spots. This region, south of the Yangtze River, is renowned for its plum blossom and its three incomparable characteristics, namely, “ancient, vast and peculiar”. The plum blossoms at Super Mountain bloom fully in February. Witnessing white, pink and red varieties presents a poetic scene described by many as “Fragrant plum blossoms covering ten li looks like a snow sea.”