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Grand Canal Leisure

Grand Canal Leisure

Festival Activities along the Grand Canal

Throughout the year there many traditional festival activities that take place along the Grand Canal that should not be missed. Each festival is unique with events and activities that are traditional and cultural. For the chance to immerse yourself in Hangzhou’s culture visiting the city during the following festival periods is definitely is must.


Chinese New Year Prayers and Incense Offerings

Chinese New Year Prayers and Incense Offerings

Apart from reuniting for Chinese New Year, visiting the Buddhist temples is also very important. During Chinese New Year, Xiangji Temple hosts a Prayer and Incense Offering Ceremony which is lively and unforgettable. The ceremony is usually full of dedicated Buddhists who are praying for health, prosperity and good luck for the New Year.


Yuanxiao Lantern Festival

On the last day of Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Yuanxiao there is the tradition of lighting up lanterns. During Yuanxiao the Grand Canal hosts one of the most spectacular lantern festivals which is unique to Hangzhou. Lanterns come in all shapes, forms and color, there are also many visitors and tourists that take part in putting floating water lanterns into the canal which is a magical experience.

Yuanxiao Lantern Festival

Admiring the Moon During Mid-Autumn Festival

Admiring the Moon During Mid-Autumn Festival

Admire the full moon of the Mid-Autumn Festival aboard a sightseeing boat whilst taking a night cruise along the Grand Canal. See how the local people celebrate and enjoy the serenity of the night. Experience the atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn night celebrations.


Grand Canal Temple Festival

The Grand Canal Temple Festival is one of the biggest events of Hangzhou. During the Temple Festival there is range of vegetarian snacks, handcrafted items and cultural folk entertainment. Touring the famous Xiangji Temple and learning about the Buddhist lifestyle of the temples is inspiring.

Grand Canal Temple Festival

Famous Cuisine and Restaurants

Hangzhou is famous for its Hangbang Cuisine and vegetarian gourmet due to its Buddhist culture. Some of the famous dishes of Hangbang cuisine include Dongpo Pork, Beggar’s Chicken, Longjing Shrimps and West Lake Vinegar Fish. For some of the best vegetarian cuisine visiting the nearby temples such as Lingyin Temple you will find that the vegetarian dishes are also delicious. Below are a few of the top restaurants along the Grand Canal which are ideal for visitors to the Grand Canal.

Yuanzi Restaurant

Yuanzi Restaurant

The restaurant has great scenery with the view of boats travelling along the Grand Canal.

Address: No.72 Qiaoxi Street, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-88194788

Shuyu Coffee

Shuyu Coffee

Enjoy a cup of coffee with the view of the Grand Canal and also enjoy the western cuisine and “East Meets West” interior.

Address: No.1 Qiaoxi Street, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-88090555

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea is one of the most popular restaurants in Hangzhou, famous for its innovative and fusion recipes of the traditional Hangzhou dishes.

Address: No.238 Dadou Road, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-88998277

Blue Lotus Restaurant

Blue Lotus Restaurant

Blue Lotus is popular due to its Hangbang Cuisine and Southeast Asia dishes.

Address: No.488 Xiaohe Road, Yunhetiandi, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-86809851

Rinse Hundred Taste Hotpot

Rinse Hundred Taste Hotpot

Enjoy the freshest and delicious meats and vegetables at Rinse Hundred Taste Hotpot.

Address: No.488 Xiaohe Road, Yunhetiandi, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-86777536

Green Garden Home Cuisine

Green Garden Home Cuisine

Devour some of the best home recipes of Hangzhou that you will not find anywhere else.

Address: No.174-179 Shuibei Street, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571-89021555

Hotels

Hangzhou Braim Canal Hotel

Hangzhou Braim Canal Hotel

The Hangzhou Braim Canal Hotel is a business hotel within reach of the Grand Canal. The hotel offers 297 guestrooms with restaurants, bars, café and recreation facilities.

Address: 58 Jinhua Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571 88126666

Rinse Hundred Taste Hotpot

Xiangjiyinyu Boutique Hotel

Located near Xiangji Temple, Xiangjiyinyu Boutique Hotel is Zen inspired. The hotel is great for visitors who want to tour the Buddhist Temples and Grand Canal.

Address: No.128 Dadou Road, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571 88370666

Hangzhou Crowne Plaza Hotel

Hangzhou Crowne Plaza Hotel

Hangzhou Crowne Plaza Hotel is located only 45 minutes from Xiaoshan Airport and 15 minutes from the West Lake. The night view and scenery from the hotel is also topnotch.

Address: No.333 Shangtang Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 0571 88168888

The East Hotel Hangzhou

The East Hotel Hangzhou

The East Hotel Hangzhou is inspired by the beautiful scenery of the West Lake. There is also a unique Smart service and Wi-fi which is available throughout the whole hotel.

Address: No.198 Hushunan Road, Hanghzou

Telephone: + (86) 0571 8809999

Hangzhou Tangqi Inn

Hangzhou Tangqi Inn

Tangqi Inn was originally a Ming Dynasty residency which has still preserved the original design. The interior is modern but infused with ancient Chinese details and architecture.

Address: No.13 Xihengtou Street, Tangqi Ancient Town, Hangzhou

Telephone: + (86) 13306510077