Sightseeing Highlights in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is famous for its natural beauty as well as its cultural and historical heritage and as such is a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists. If you are considering visiting Hangzhou as part of a wider China holiday, it is highly recommended that you book with an experienced tour operator who specializes in the region. A large part of its appeal is its authenticity. When you visit Hangzhou, you are visiting the real China.

The time of year you choose to visit Hangzhou is generally up to you, but it may be better to take the advice of your tour operator in order to enjoy the best it has to offer. China private tours are a great option for those who have never visited China before as those who don’t speak the local dialect or even Mandarin will struggle!


Hangzhou is absolutely full of wonderful attractions that are far too numerous to describe in detail in this blog so I’ll list them, and you can note for further reading.

West Lake – This by far the most popular scenic sight in Hangzhou, you could easily spend 3 days here and still not see all of it has to offer. The most popular sights and things to do in West Lake are listed below:

  • Boat Rides around the Lake
  • The Broken Bridge
  • Lesser Yingzhou Isle (Three Pools Mirroring the Moon)
  • Mid-Lake Pavilion
  • Lord Ruan’s Mound
  • Hubin Park
  • Su Causeway
  • Bai Causeway
  • Zhongshan Park
  • Yang Causeway
  • King Qian’s Memorial
  • Zhejiang Museum
  • Zhejiang West Lake Gallery
  • Wushan Square

As you can see, there are plenty of sightseeing options and other activities in just the West Lake area of Hangzhou. Your tour operator will be able to give you recommendations on what sights to see based on time constraints.

Churches, Pagodas and Temples – Hangzhou is also home to several churches, pagodas and temples each with their own very individual characteristics and notable history. Notable places include but are not limited to:

  • Baochu Pagoda
  • Chongyi Church
  • Confucius Temple
  • Jade Emperor Hill
  • Baopu Taoist Temple
  • Jingci Temple
  • Six Harmonies Pagoda

There are many more in the area, if you have any specific places you would like to visit, speak to your tour operator and they would be happy to create an itinerary fit for you and your schedule.

Gardens and Natural Attractions – Hangzhou is not without its greener attractions and has a number of gardens and parks worth visiting as well. These are listed below in no particular order.

  • Xixi National Wetland Park
  • Hangzhou Botanical Gardens
  • Guo’s Villa
  • Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea Fields

It’s true to say that Hangzhou has something for absolutely everyone. If you know any specific places you’d like to visit, please make sure to mention them to your private tour operator who will then be able to build an itinerary based on what you want to visit. If you do have any questions, your tour operator will be more than happy to answer them.


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