Staying in a Hangzhou hotel can be somewhat pricey, but cheap digs can be found. If you're planning to stay in budget accommodations during the peak season, be sure to call ahead and reserve a room.
Student dorm-style rooms can be found at around RMB100 a night for backpackers and those on shoestring budgets. Rooms at mid-range hotels tend to average about RMB 450, while high-end luxury hotels in Hangzhou can charge up to RMB 1300 a night.
Those looking for the beautiful Hangzhou scenery described by Marco Polo are best advised to stay in West Lake, even though the places he saw have long since vanished, it is still more than picturesque. Beyond West Lake (and the surrounding tea fields and hillsides to the south and west), Hangzhou's famous beauty is replaced by the dry, urban scenery of a typical Chinese second-tier city.
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One of the traditional "Ten Scenes of West Lake," the sight of the Autumn Moon Over the Peaceful Lake (Pínghú Qiūyuè, 平湖秋月) was usually taken in from a boat..
The Lingyin Temple (Língyǐn Sì, 灵隐寺), which literally means "where the divine rest in seclusion," has long been considered one of the most important Zen Buddhist..
Liùhé Tǎ (六和塔), or "Six Harmonies Pagoda," stands south of West Lake, aside the Qiantang River. The 60 m (196 ft) tall pagoda was built during the Song Dynasty in..
Hangzhou is famous for three things: its water, its fertile and picturesque countryside, and ancient tradition. All three combine in a perfectly brewed cup of Longjing tea..