You can easily walk, bike or bus around West Lake and most of the surrounding area.
Tourist bus lines run from 8am to 5:30pm. Important routes include:
Line 1: Circles West Lake to Lingyin Temple
Line 2: Railway Station to Lingyin Temple
Line 3: Circles West Lake to Hangzhou Zoo, via Tea Museum
Biking around West Lake can be very enjoyable. Bike rental stands line the path around West Lake. Rent requires a deposit of RMB 300-1,000 with rates ranging from RMB 6-15 per hour.
To and from Hangzhou
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport lies 15 km from Hangzhou's center, operating 44 domestic routes and 13 international routes, including several daily Hangzhou flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Arrivals can travel by taxi (around RMB 60) or shuttle bus (RMB 20) to the city.
Both Hangzhou New Railway Station and the Hangzhou East Railway Station land passengers a short bus or taxi ride from the city center. Check your tickets to ensure you pick the correct train station. Daily train destinations from Hangzhou include Wenzhou, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Book tickets at the station or by phone: (0) 95 0011 7788.
Four long-distance bus stations outside the city center service Hangzhou. Shuttle buses run from the city's railroad stations to the long-distance bus stations. Bus routes travel to several nearby cities like Shanghai, Ningbo, Haining, and Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain). Buy bus tickets in the bus station or within a Construction Bank branch in Hangzhou.
Boats run from Wuxi and Suzhou to Hangzhou, on the Grand Canal. The overnight boat trip takes 13 hours. Purchase tickets at Hangzhou's wharf near Huancheng Bei Lu.
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