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Getting around Hangzhou

Getting around Hangzhou

On foot

You can take a stroll around the main city area to immerse yourself in the daily activities of the locals, or around West Lake to enjoy the natural scenery. Walking in summer might be unbearable due to the scorching heat. In winter, despite the cold, it is still worth a stroll due to beautiful snow scenes. Look out for the huge crowd rushing from Shanghai to watch the snow melt from Baidi's "Broken Bridge" (Duanqiao 断桥). It takes 3 hours to walk around the 12 kilometer circumference of West Lake.

There are three main causeways across West Lake: Baidi which is 2 kilometers long and takes around 30 minutes; Sudi at a distance of 2.7 kilometers and takes about 40 minutes; Yanggongdi, 3 kilometers long, takes about 50 minuets.

Rent a bicycle

The coolest way to take in the beauty of the lakeshores of Hangzhou is cycling. Bike rental service stations are across the city. The bike is for free use within one hour and there are multiple places for return of the bike.


1 Foreigners can use the service on presentation of passport at non-self-service rental site.

2 Pay 200 yuan as a deposit and 100 yuan as the down payment for an IC card on presentation of ID card or other valid documentations. Full refund after returning the bike in time.

3 The bike is for free use within one hour. Payment is required for extra time of using the bike.

4 Operating  hours of rental sites: 6am-9pm (return by 10pm)
Information hotline: 0571-85331122

By metro

Hangzhou now has three metro lines in operation: Metro Lines 1, 2 and 4.

Metro Line 1 connects Hangzhou Railway Station with West Lake (with nearest station of Longxiangqiao Station), goes through downtown area including the central of downtown at Wulin Square Station,  extends to the southern end of Xianghu Station, which is south of Qiantang River in Xiaoshan District.

The southeastern part of Metro Line 2 starts from Chaoyang Station in Xiaoshan District in the south, goes through the Qiantang River and reaches Qianjiang Road Station in Qianjiang New Town.

The first phase of Metro Line 4 connects Pengbu Station in Jianggan District and Jinjiang Station. It passes Hangzhou East Railway Station.

Passengers can buy tickets on automatic machines at metro stations, the ticket price ranges from 2 yuan (US$0.3) to 8 yuan on the line.
The metro service in Hangzhou is currently under construction.

By bus

Public bus services to tourist places are Y1, Y7, Y9 and K7. K7 departs from Hangzhou Railway Station. 'K' buses stop at several places of interest and 'Y' buses are tour buses with tour guides to introduce places along the way in Chinese. There are English and Chinese announcements at every stop.

Do note that "Y" buses end their services early. Y1 (round trip from Lingyin Temple and back): 8am-5pm. Y2 (Lingyin Temple to Hangzhou Railway Station, both ways): 8am-6pm. Y7 (zoo to Hangzhou East Railway Station): 8am-5pm, Y7 (Hangzhou East Railway Station to zoo): 7am-4.20pm. Y9 (round trip from Huanglong Sports Center, huanglong ti yu zhong xin黄龙体育中心 and back): 8am-5.15pm.

For more information on bus routes, go to:

Tickets: Bus tickets are bought upon boarding so make sure that you have small change as there will be no change given.

Fares: 1.50 to 2 yuan for common buses, 3-5 yuan for tour buses.

For K7, the normal fare is 2 yuan, except for March, April, October and November (1 yuan) when air-conditioning is not necessary.

By cab

Empty cabs or cabs for hire usually have a green or yellow-orange light on the dashboard of the car. It is important to note that if you are rushing to catch a train or a flight, it is difficult to flag down a cab between 4pm to 7pm as it is rush hour and cabs are in the midst of changing shifts. If you cannot speak Chinese, make sure that you have a map with you so that you can point out your destination.

Fare: Basic at 11 yuan. For distance within 10km, the rate is 2.5 yuan/km; for distance above 10km, the rate is 3.75 yuan/km. The waiting charge is 2.5 yuan/4 minutes. No peak hour or night surcharges.

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