Things to do
Xi Hu lake is Hangzhou’s star attraction. Unwind in the shade of willow trees lining the lakeshore. Island hop with a lake cruise, on anything from a colourful dragon boat to a luxury yacht. Or take some time to yourself at a luxury lakeside spa.
Besides the lake itself, Hangzhou has many fine historic and religious landmarks to discover. Visit the famous Ling Yin Temple – an elaborate Buddhist temple built in the 4th century. Or climb up to towering Leifeng Pagoda for stunning views across the lake.
Just over an hour away from Hangzhou is the ancient water town of Wuzhen. Delve into a maze of historic Chinese buildings, criss-crossed with canals and pretty bridges. Visit the bustling water market, where traders sell their goods straight from their boats. Or learn about ancient customs at folk museums and traditional crafts workshops.