First Stop Professionals
Make your first stop, the right stop.
Hangzhou rests at the head of Hangzhou bay. While famous to all Chinese people for its beautiful scenery, very few outside of China are aware of its beauty. It is consider one of the 7 ancient cities and hosts the emerging Chinese tech hub and is home to internet giant Alibaba.
History: Hangzhou can trace human settlement back almost 5,000 years to the Liangzhu culture and throughout all of this the city has remained a trading post and in the words of Marco Polo "greater than any in the world". During the Tang dynasty the city was often governed by poets, which led to the development of West Lake into a beautiful scenic spot they could spend their days writing.
Climate: Hangzhou is sub-tropical and very humid. It is hot and wet in the summer, cold snf dry in the winter. It has the long daytime, and wet air. Typhoons do make landfall in Hangzhou which one has to live through to get used to.
Attractions: West Lake (Xi Hu) alone attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, but Hangzhou is not for everyone its attractions are for the rambler, those who love peace and scenery, a tranquil world meant to tease the heart. From tea to temples and the beauty that is the lush greenery one will certainly have a thousand more photos than usual after visiting.
The number of Non-Chinese: 20,000
Cost of Living:
Fast food combo meal: 30 RMB
Litre of milk: 16 RMB
8 km taxi journey: 34 RMB
Rent: around 2500-5000 RMB
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is located in Xiaoshan District on the southern shore of Qiantang River.
The metro has 3 lines, expanding to 6 in the coming years and 14 in the long term. The ticket price is 2 yuan for 4 km, plus 1 yuan for every 4 km (4-12 km), plus 1 yuan for every 6 km (12-24 km), plus 1 yuan for every 8 km (longer than 24 km)
There are 2 train stations, which are Hangzhou Station, and East Hangzhou Station. Prices vary accordingly.
Bus: The ticket price is 1 yuan for the normal bus, 2 yuan for the bus with AC.