Known as “Heaven on Earth”, Hangzhou has much to offer besides the charming West Lake and historical attractions around it. To get a good taste of the city and enjoy all the highlights, 2 or 3 days are perfect.
The top thing you should do in Hangzhou is taking a leisurely cruise on the West Lake which allows you to get off the boat to some islands and shows you the beauty of the city. A walking around and worship at the pagodas and temples such as Lingyin Temple, Six Harmony Pagoda will help you to feel the cultural deposition of Hangzhou. When you had enough of temples, and pagodas, you can experience Chinese traditional culture at the museums of tea, silk and Chinese medicine. Head out to the Dragon Well Tea Plantation at Mejiawu, where you can enjoy breathtaking natural scenery, have meals in a farm restaurant, and if you visit around harvest time, in late March/early April, you even have the chance to pick tea leaves and watch the production of tea. A fabulous day to complete your trip to Hangzhou is to enjoy an evening show, the Impression West Lake directed by the Zhang Yimou. If you have 1 extra day, then a day trip from Hangzhou to nearby water town of Wuzhen or Xitang will show you the charm of an ancient water town.
Going through the tour idea below will provide you with options for your visit and help you plan an ideal itinerary.