General Info

About Hangzhou

West Lake and downtown Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of the seven ancient Chinese capitals, famous for its historical and cultural heritages. The city has a history of more than 2200 years since it was established as a county by the First Emperor Qing.

Today, Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is one of China's most attractive tourist venues. The City, the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal, is located in the Yangtze Delta and 180 kilometers from Shanghai.

The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are the most frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments.

Lotus blossoms at West Lake, Hangzhou

Hangzhou attracts more than 20 million domestic and foreign tourists yearly. Above is paradise, below is Suzhou and Hangzhou expresses peoples indeed praise to Hangzhou. In the Yuan Dynasty, the famous Italian traveler Marco Polo described this city as the finest and most splendid city in the world.



Hangzhou weather is generally warm and mild year round, with abundant sunshine and rainfall. There are four clear-cut seasons – a short and rainy spring, a hot and humid summer, a cool and clear autumn, and a dry and cold winter.

Hangzhou Today


The legal tender of the People's Republic of China, issued by the People's Bank of China, is the Renminbi, literally people's currency.
• Short official name: CNY (China Yuan)
• Abbreviation: RMB
• Chinese: Ren Min Bi (人民币)
• Symbol: ¥
• Monetary unit: Yuan (元)
• Fractional units: Jiao (角) and Fen (分)

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Time Difference

China maintains a single time zone, which is eight hours ahead of the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT +8), called Beijing Time (sometimes known as Chinese Standard Time).


Taxis are plentiful and convenient. Most of the city's taxis are turquoise-green in color and easily identifiable by the word "Taxi" printed in both English and Chinese on the vehicles. Taxis for hire are marked by the green (or sometimes yellow-orange) light-up signs above the dashboard on each car.

The price shows up on the taximeter. Minimum charge is 10 Chinese Yuan (RMB) for all routes under three kilometers and 2 Yuan per km after that, plus 1 RMB "fuel tax" mandated by the government since 2006. There is a low "slow-speed" charge for when the taxi stops in traffic.

NOTE:Whenever you take a taxi, please do not forget to get a receipt from the cab driver. There are car numbers on the receipt. Once your belongings are left on the cab, this receipt would help you to get them back.

Important Numbers-Taxi Service: 96520; 28811111


In recognition of the good service, tipping waiters and maids in high-level western restaurants, guides and drivers from an organized tour group, as well as bellhops who take your luggage to the room has become gradually accepted as common practice in China as elsewhere in the world. But it is still unnecessary to tip when taking a taxi, hiring a car or dining in Chinese restaurants. Please kindly note that in some Chinese cities but especially the internationalized metropolis of Hong Kong and Macau, tipping is very common.


Electric current is 220 Volt, 50Hz. Two or Three pin rectangular plugs are used. For more information, please visit your local travel store. To a list of the outlets and plugs used in China, check here: