Holidays to Hangzhou, China

A 45-minute train journey southwest from Shanghai is the city of Hangzhou. It’s a bustling and busy city, and although the hubbub of Hangzhou’s lively street food scene and nightlife may hold your attention for a while, the chief reason people head to Hangzhou is the peaceful countryside that surrounds it.

West Lake is a large and serene waterscape that’s surrounded with classic oriental gardens, picturesque bridges, temples and pavilions. Its banks are lined with willows, giving the lake a particularly romantic feel, especially when mist dances around the scenery. It feels especially tranquil if you’re visiting here after a mad few days in Shanghai, and it’s easy to see why it’s a popular holiday hotspot with Chinese and international visitors. You might catch an impromptu lakeside opera or dance performance, or even some early morning tai chi taking place as you stroll or cycle around the lake. If you fancy the sound of a musical fountain, make your way to Lakeview Park, but honestly, the lake’s natural beauty is enough for most.

Tea plantations dominate the hills around West Lake. You can venture to one of the hillside villages, following the signposted trails that weave around the plantations. If you visit in spring, you’ll be able to see the workers diligently handpicking the tealeaves. Then stop by a teahouse to sample the produce.


  • Dreamy West Lake, draped with willows, makes this one of China’s most romantic spots

  • Hillside tea plantations to wander through, then sample the produce in the teahouses

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Hangzhou trip ideas

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Places to stay in Hangzhou

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