Leisure Time in Hangzhou
Hangzhou is known as the Oriental City of Leisure, so when it comes down to leisure activities there are a great deal to choose from. One of the top things to do in Hangzhou is to visit the teahouses where you can enjoy the Longjing Green Tea. Longjing comes in 5 categories: Shifeng, Longjing, Yunqi, Hupao and Meijiawu.
Lake Front Teahouse
Location: West Lake District, No 1. Shengtang Scenic Area, Hangzhou
Telephone: +(86) 0571 87020701
Location: West Lake District, Siyanjing, Hangzhou
Telephone: +(86) 0571 86025588
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near the West Lake area there is a choice of unique boutique hostels which are ideal for travelers with a budget.
Manbu Boutique Inn
Telephone: +(86) 0571 86968921
Yinju Youth Hostel
Telephone: +(86) 0571 86997253
Guilu Youth Hostel
Telephone: +(86) 0571 87153215
Visiting the coffee houses dotted around the West Lake has become a modern alternative to visiting the teahouses. Around the West Lake Scenic Area there are numerous unique and modern coffee houses worth visiting. Nothing beats sitting in a modern environment sipping on coffee and admiring the beautiful scenery of the West Lake. The coffee houses are all uniquely designed and all offer a totally unforgettable experience.
Café of Memory
Highlights: The Café is filled with adorable cats.
Address: Culture Plaza Hotel, Third Floor, No.38 Wener Road, Hangzhou
Telephone: + (86) 0571-85373651
A to Z C-afe
Highlights: There is the most amazing chocolate cake served.
Address: No.66 Huancheng West Road, West Lake District, Hangzhou
Telephone: + (86) 0571-85175182
Highlights: Genuine French and Italian Cuisine and unique Chinese tea ice-cream.
Address: No.166 Lishui Road, IDEAL 166 Creative Park, Hangzhou
Telephone: + (86) 0571-88309310
Highlights: Photography theme inspired coffee house filled with photography fanatics.
Address: NNo.385 Ancient Pier Road, No. 21 Putong Road, West Lake District, Hangzhou
Telephone: + (86) 0571-88081012
Cycling Around West Lake
Biking around Hangzhou West Lake is one of the great alternatives to walking as you can even fit in some active exercise. Cycling around the lake you will find that the environment and development of the scenic area has become very mature and developed. There are dedicated cycling tracks around the West Lake for cyclists but it’s worth mentioning that the cycling tracks are busy with other cyclists and pedestrians. There are several different routes to take whilst cycling around depending on what you want to see the particular cycling routes should be taken.
Broken Bridge and Su Causeway Route(5.4 Kilometers)
Starting Point: Hangzhou Youth Palace Bike Station (Huancheng West Road and Beishan Road).
Final Destination: Su Causeway South Entrance Bike Station (Nanshan Road)
The cycle route begins at the Su Causeway then across to Broken Bridge both of which are Top 10 Scenes of the West Lake. You will also make your way to Gushan Island where there famous museums and amazing nature routes.
Mysterious West Lake Route(9.7 Kilometers)
Starting Point: Huagang West Gate Bike Station
Final Destination: Shuguang Road Bike Station (Huanglong Street)
The Mysterious Wrest Lake Route takes you into the wilderness of the forests where you will pass through the historical temples and sacred imperial tombs. Once you reach Shuguang Road you can take a rest at one of the many cafés that are lined across the road.
Crooked Courtyard to Lingyin Temple Route(3.6 Kilometers)
Starting Point: Crooked Courtyard Bike Station
Final Destination: Lingyin Temple Bike Station
On this scenic route towards the Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat) you will pass the dreamy Hangzhou Botanical Park. This route is slightly challenging with a uphill section cycling towards Lingyin Temple.
Six Harmonies Pagoda to Qianjiang City(9.6 Kilometers)
Starting Point: Six Harmonies Pagoda Bike Station
Final Destination: Jiefang East Road Bike Station
This route begins at the historical Six Harmonies Pagoda, your route will take you along the Qiantang River where you can admire the scenery. Your final destination takes you to Qianjiang City where you will be greeted with towering skyscrapers and buildings.