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Summary

This guide provides essential tips for planning a memorable tour in Hangzhou, highlighting the best times to visit, must-see attractions, and unique experiences. From the serene beauty of West Lake and the spiritual tranquility of Lingyin Temple to the cultural immersion at Qinghefang Old Street and the picturesque Nanxun Water Town, Hangzhou offers a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Whether you're exploring ancient temples, enjoying traditional tea culture, or experiencing local life in water towns, Hangzhou promises an unforgettable journey.

West Lake

West Lake is the most famous attraction in Hangzhou, known for its beautiful scenery and the ten famous sites around it.

Tips

Spend 2–3 hours biking, walking, and boating to fully enjoy the lake's beauty.

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Lingyin Temple and Peak Flown From Afar

A peaceful place with significant Buddhist relics and rock carvings.

Tips

Explore the temple and nearby Peak Flown From Afar for a cultural and spiritual experience.

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Impression West Lake

A live show on West Lake with music, light, and hundreds of dancers, telling a beautiful story.

Tips

Attend the 1-hour show in the evening to appreciate the night view of West Lake.

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Qinghefang Old Street

Once the most prosperous street in Hangzhou, now a place to taste local food and buy souvenirs.

Tips

Spend 1–3 hours exploring the street and visiting the Chinese medicine museum.

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Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Famous for producing Longjing tea, offering insights into the tea-making process and Chinese tea culture.

Tips

Best visited in March and April; allow 2–5 hours for a full experience.

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Nanxun Water Town

A picturesque and tranquil water town, offering an authentic experience of Chinese water town life.

Tips

Allocate a full day to explore and experience the town's original ambiance.

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