What is the weather like in Hangzhou and when is the best time to travel there?
Hangzhou is in the semi-tropical area and has outstanding monsoon climate. Hangzhou is a beautiful water city in China. Winter is usually rainy, which makes it feel colder than it is. Summer is very hot. So the best time to travel to Hangzhou is spring and fall. What a cozy thing to enjoy the amazing scenery on a pleasant day!
What should I take along with while traveling to Hangzhou?
It is recommended that you bring comfortable shoes. You will undoubtedly be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. Sunscreen is recommended, as well as carrying bottled water with you. If you are a photography lover, do not forget your camera, film, and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself. Besides, an umbrella is a must. Shower in Hangzhou is frequent, so bringing an umbrella with you is a good choice.
What kind of vehicles is available for getting around in Hangzhou?
In Hangzhou, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, buses, minibusses, pedicabs and of course by your private driver. There are also cars and bikes for rent.
What are accommodations like?
There are many kinds of hotels in Hangzhou. For the 5-star hotels, we recommend the Radisson Plaza Hotel Hangzhou. For the 4-star hotels, we recommend the Lakeview Hotel. For the 3-star hotels, we recommend the Lily Hotel. There are also many small hotels which are clean and pleasant.
The lobby of Radisson Plaza Hotel
What cuisine options are there in Hangzhou? Are there other options besides only local foods?
The cuisine available in Hangzhou is quite diverse. The local food in Hangzhou has an almost endless variety and is far more delicious than anything you can find in a "Chinese" restaurant in the west. We highly suggest you try the foods. We are fairly certain you will love it. There are also many Western restaurants in Hangzhou as well as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and KFC.
Tasty local food in Hangzhou
What are the currency and the ATM system in Hangzhou like?
Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Hangzhou, but you can exchange your money at the many Bank of China outlets throughout the province. Most major hotels in Hangzhou will accept major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find.
Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Hangzhou do not need to worry about the language barrier. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the staff in the star rated hotels can speak English.
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