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Chinese tourists consider the former capital of Hangzhou one of the country’s finest destinations, thanks largely to the picturesque expanse of West Lake, a scene immortalised over the centuries by countless Chinese artists.

Visit a Tea Plantation, HangzhouWhile the gentle rolling scenery around Hangzhou is less dramatic than that elsewhere, the relaxed atmosphere and greenery of the city makes a welcome change from many more famous destinations.

After the frantic bustle of Shanghai or Beijing, this is the perfect place to hire a bike and ride around the lake and into the nearby hills. You can also visit the local tea plantations, where the produce is of such famously high quality that it is routinely presented to visiting heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Hangzhou

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Hangzhou, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Hangzhou. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.