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Hangzhou tours and excursions

Hangzhou tours

Bicycle tours

Hangzhou Holidays Bike Co. organises regular group rides into the hills surrounding the city.

Website: http://www.hzbike.com

Boat tours

Most tours organised by the Hangzhou Tourism Commission are geared towards Chinese tourists, though the city's hotels provide a broad range of trips and excursions. The West Lake's centrality to Hangzhou's history and identity makes a cruise on its waters a ‘must do' experience. West Lake Boat Co. offers pleasure boat trips from two wharfs: at the south end of the Hubin Road esplanade, and at the north end of Hubin Lu near Changsheng Road. The one-hour cruise takes in the Xiaoyingzhou Island, Mid-Lake Pavilion and Yang Causeway.

Website: http://en.gotohz.com

Golf cart tours

Jumping on the West Lake Golf Cart Tour is a leisurely way to explore the myriad attractions fringing the West Lake. Simply wave it down and hop on.

Hangzhou excursions

Hangzhou Longjingshan Tea Cultrual Village

Located in the clear, crisp air of the Fenghuang Hills, Longjing Tea Cultural Village is the gateway to one of China's most revered tea plantations, Longjing (Dragon Well), which is home to 18 different ‘royal teas'. You can see tea being picked, processed and packaged. Tea tasting is also available. Tours to Longjing can be arranged through most hotels. Public bus Y3 also makes the trip from Beishan Lu, on the northern edge of West Lake.

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Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake

Pricey but amazingly beautiful, the Four Seasons Hotel features a spectacularly pleasant staff. The exclusive arrival via boat combined with the spectacular restaurant and spa offer a truly tranquil experience. The perfect place for any occasion from business to pleasure.

 

Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou

One of the best value hotels in the heart of Hangzhou city, The Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale isn’t far from the beautiful West Lake. Onsite parking, WiFi, a business centre, bar and swimming pools (both indoor and outdoor) are available.

 

Hangzhou International Youth Hostel

Hangzhou's best youth hostel is on the eastern lakeshore in an area dotted with bars, cafes and clubs. There's a variety of basic but well-kept rooms including singles, doubles and dorms. Staff members speak good English and there are all the usual hostel facilities such as laundry room, self-service kitchen and Wi-Fi.

Hangzhou Xihu State Guesthouse

This large resort, set in stunning gardens on the quieter west side of the lake, has historically been the lakeside retreat of China's Communist Party elite. Spread across eight buildings, there are 178 rooms, a golf course, meeting facilities, tennis courts and an indoor pool.

Crystal Orange Hotel

Trendy Hangzhou hotel housed in a cool colonial-style building with cute balconies and set back across the road from the eastern lakeshore. Very popular so book ahead.

The New Hotel (Xinxin)

Don't be fooled by the name, this place goes back almost 100 years and is housed in three attractive European-style buildings on the northern lakeshore. Standard rooms are ordinary, but there are some nice lake-view options if you pay more.