Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, is often referred to as the most relaxing city in China. As well as all the comforts and conveniences that come with it being the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, the city’s romantic scenes and stunning West Lake are vistas to soothe the soul. One of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, Hangzhou is rich with history and culture, and you should feel yourself rejuvenated within no time!
When to visit
Hangzhou has four distinct seasons: a short, wet spring; a warm and humid summer, a cool autumn and a cold dry winter. The city also has two consistently rainy seasons. These occur between June and early July and August through to September, and both should be avoided if possible. The ideal time to visit Hangzhou is in the spring, between March and May, or in the autumn from October to November, when temperatures are mild and conditions are generally pleasant.
Hangzhou is home to plenty of fine restaurants serving traditional Hang Cuisine, perfect for tourists looking to fully immerse themselves in the Zhejiang culture. Some restaurants not to be missed include Da Wang Huo Lu, perfect for meat lovers, and The Grandma’s, located on the beautiful West Lake.
When it comes to accommodation, it does not get any more relaxing than the luxurious 5 star Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake. The hotel’s perfect location and majestic views make it very difficult to pass up. For nature lovers, The Banyan Tree’s location in the tranquil area of the Xixi Natural Wetland Park also makes this hotel a very attractive alternative option.
What to do
A top tip for your time in Hangzhou is to get lost in the West Lake Wonderland. The most well-known attraction in the city, the lake never ceases to amaze with its calming beauty. Walking, biking or boating around the majestic lake is the perfect way to relax and take in the landscape. For a unique Hangzhou experience, visit Xitang Water Town – a charming spot known across the country for its bridges and waterways reminiscent of Venice. Hangzhou also has a rich Buddhist heritage, and there are many beautiful Buddhist temples to stroll among. Lingyin Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist landmarks in the world both for its age – it was built around 1800 years ago – and its calming location in the middle of the forest.
With so much to do and see in one of Asia’s most historic and relaxing settings, Hangzhou is a perfect way to spend a holiday this spring.