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Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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If you’d like to kill 1-2 hour at night on your Hangzhou tour, Wushan Night Market is one of your best choices. Wushan Night Market is mainly located on the north-south Huixing Road (惠兴路) which meets the east-west Renhe Road (仁和路) on the north for a T junction and Youdian Road (邮电) on the south again for a T road. So you may enter the night market (Huixing Road 惠兴路) from Renhe Road and Youdian Road.

If you are still quite in the dark as how to find the correct way leading to Wushan Night Market, you may first go to Zhongshan International Hotel Hangzhou (杭州中山国际大酒店). Walk along Pinghai Road (平海路) to the west direction from the hotel, you will soon come cross a road leading to the south known as Yuewang Road (岳王路). You walk down south the Yuewang Road, soon you will come across Renhe Road (仁和路)where the night market is located.

Take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Longxianqiao (龙翔桥)and exit from Exit D4. Then walk along Pinghai Road (平海路)to the east direction for a few minutes, you will see Zhongshan International Hotel Hangzhou. On the right side of the hotel is a south-north road known as Yuewang Road (岳王) leading to Renhe Road (仁和路)where the night market is located.

Wushan Night Market is mainly laid out on the north-south Huixing Road and some stalls are on the east-west Renhe Road, so the night market twists. Like other night markets, Wushan Night Market is undeniably busy and bustling. A long row of stalls lit up offer everything from clothing, hair paraphernalia, Mao memorabilia, jewellery, paper fans, electronic accessories to scarves, watches, shoes handicrafts, hand bages, luggage and trinkets and nik-naks.

Just get yourself lost in the crowd for 1-2 hour and hunt for the best deals. Don’t remember to haggle hard.

Now follow me to have a close-up view of Wushan Night Market.

The Location of Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou

Wushan Night Market, as its name suggests, a temporary market, only exists at nightfall. Connected stalls are lined up along the roads, busy and bustling.

a temporary market, only exists at nightfall

a temporary market, only exists at nightfall
a temporary market, only exists at nightfall

The stall sells different underwear.

The stall sells different underwear.
The stall sells different underwear.

Sell cloth and plush slippers of various kinds and sizes.|

cloth and plush slippers
cloth and plush slippers

Wallets and suitcases

Wallets and suitcases
Wallets and suitcases

Garments, Shirts and blouses.

Garments, Shirts and blouses.
Garments, Shirts and blouses.

Various Watches

Various Watches
Various Watches

Lady hang bags and Makeup Accessories

Lady hang bags and Makeup Accessories
Lady hang bags and Makeup Accessories

winter knit hat

winter knit hat
winter knit hat

Choosing trinkets and nik naks

Choosing trinkets and nik naks
Choosing trinkets and nik naks

Get yourself lost in the crowd of stalls

Get yourself lost in the crowd of stalls
Get yourself lost in the crowd of stalls

Bargain Hard

Bargain Hard
Bargain Hard

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Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Bar and Clubs at Nanshan Road

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou as a Fashionable City in China
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

Any question, just drop a line.

How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou

Friday, October 15th, 2021
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Planning your Hangzhou tour? Unquestionably, walking, cycling around or boating on the West Lake (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) will be your first choice. But Hangzhou is a city of no one-trick pony. Feilai Peak Buddhist Grottoes (Chinese:飞来峰石刻 Feilai Feng) is one of the impressive sites in Hangzhou, which is worth your exploration 2-3 hour together with a visit to Lingyin Temple.

Feilai Peak is located about 10km west of Hyatt Regency Hangzhou ( Google)

ABC of Feilai Peak ( Peak Flying from afar )

Feilai Peak, literally, “Peak flying from afar”, is located near Lingyin Temple, separated by a stream. The peak is of craggy limestone formation, quite different from the surrounding sandstone mountains, hence the name of the Feilai Peak (the Flying Peak). Its name is also related to a legend that the peak was thought to have flown from India, a manifestation of the omnipotence of Buddhism.

The charm of the legendary peak are the over 470 stone statues carved on its hillsides and riverbanks between the 10th and 14th centuries. 335 of the 470 Buddhist carvings are relatively well preserved. The grottoes in the Flying Peak have filled vacuum of Buddhist carvings done in the period ranging from Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960) to Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368).

Most of the grottoes were made during Song Dynasty ( over 200 statues) and Yuan Dynasty ( 116 statues). Only a small number of the stone statues were done in Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960) period. The earliest rock carving was made in 951. The Flying Peak Grottoes were representative of the Buddhist rock carvings after Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Datong Yungang Grottoes, Tianshui Maijishan Grottoes and Luoyang Longmen Grottoes.

How to get there & Entrance fees

Feilai Peak, adjacent to Lingyin Temple, can be effortlessly reached by taking the public buses – Bus lines: Y1, Y2, K 7, Y2, J17, 837, K7、K807, J18, K837

The Flying Peak Entrance Fee: RMB 45
Lingyin Temple Entrance Fee: RMB 35

Virtual Tour of Feilai Peak Grottoes

Now follow me to have a glimpse of the impressive rock carving statues dotted on the hillsides and Lengquan Brook along the peak. Let’s go visit each major caves where grottoes and niches are housed in the peak including Qinglin Cave, Yuru Cave, Longhong Cave, and more scattered caves and niches.

You’ d better off visiting the niches and caves on the hillsides of the Flying Peak by following the paths along the far east side of the stream, and then move on to Lingyin Temple.

Qinglin Cave

Starting from the far east, you first visit Qinglin Cave, which is also known as Tiger Cave since its south entrance looks like a tiger’s mouth.The cave has an area of 373 square meters with 23 niches and 178 statues. Most of the statues were carved in the style of Wuyue Kingdom (907-978) during the Five Dynasties period (907-960) and Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

The South Entrance to Qinglin Cave

The South Entrance to Qinglin Cave
The South Entrance to Qinglin Cave

The Rock Carving of Locana Buddhist Ceremony at the entrance

The Rock Carving of Locana Buddhist Ceremony at the entrance
The Rock Carving of Locana Buddhist Ceremony at the entrance

The Buddhist Statues of the Three Saints of Huayan carved at the entrance

The Buddhist Statues of the Three Saints of Huayan carved at the entrance
The Buddhist Statues of the Three Saints of Huayan carved at the entrance

The Three Saints of the West carved in 951 inside the cave, the earliest Buddhist carving in Feilai Peak Grottoes.

The Three Saints of the West carved in 951 inside the cave

The Three Saints of the West carved in 951 inside the cave
The Three Saints of the West carved in 951 inside the cave

The carved 18 arhats above a huge rock bed also known as Master Ji Gong’s rock bed and his fingerprint.

The carved 18 arhats above a huge rock bed
The carved 18 arhats above a huge rock bed
The carved 18 arhats above a huge rock bed
The carved 18 arhats above a huge rock bed

Yuru Cave

Move on to Yuru cave. The cave is also known as Cave of Bats or Cave Arhats. “Yuru” literally means “Jade Milk” named after the milk-like drippings of limestone from the ceiling.

The cave has an area of 270 square meters. There is a group of arhats, relief carvings and God of thunder. On the cliff at the eastern entrance there are 6 niches and 39 statues.

a group of arhats
a group of arhats

Ligong Pagoda

Ligong Pagoda is the only remaining Ming-era pagoda in Hangzhou, made of stones with six stories and six sides.

Li Gong Stone Pagoda
Li Gong Stone Pagoda

Longhong Cave

Longhong Cave is also called the Tong Tian Dong (the Cave leading to the sky) or Guanyin Cave. The cave has an area of 253 square meters, housing 43 statues and 27 niches. With a small number statues carved in the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127), most of the statues were carved in Yuan Dynasty (1260 – 1368).

The Entrance to Longhong Cave
The Entrance to Longhong Cave

On the western entrance at Longhong Cave there is a group of 6 statues depicting the pilgrimages made by eminent monks to obtain Buddhist scriptures.

The three people in the middle of the group featured the story of Zhu Shixing of Yinhchuan County that belonged to the Statue of Wei (220-265) during the period of Three Kingdoms (220-280). He was the first Chinese monk who traveled to western Asia for Buddhist scriptures. The relief scripture features three striding human figures leading two horses. It is a pity that the head parts have been damaged.

The relief scripture features three striding human figures leading two horses

The relief scripture features three striding human figures leading two horses
The relief scripture features three striding human figures leading two horses

The 1.3 meter high statue is the eminent monk known as Xuanzhuang in Tang Dynasty. He traveled India and later brought a lot of scriptures from India.

The 1.3 meter high statue
The 1.3 meter high statue

The statue of Maitreya was carved in Chinese style in Yuan Dynasty ( 1172 – 1368) housed in Niche No.22

The statue of Maitreya was carved in Chinese style
The statue of Maitreya was carved in Chinese style

The statue was Sakymuni, a sanskrit-style carved in Yuan Dynasty ( 1172 – 1368)

The statue was Sakymuni, a sanskrit-style carved in Yuan Dynasty
The statue was Sakymuni, a sanskrit-style carved in Yuan Dynasty

The two statues in sitting and standing positions are above the entrance to Longhong Cave.

The two statues in sitting and standing positions
The two statues in sitting and standing positions

The Guanyin Statue inside Longhong Cave. Guanyin, the Bodhisatta of infinite compassion of Mercy.

The Guanyin Statue inside Longhong Cave
The Guanyin Statue inside Longhong Cave

The four Carved Characters on the stone inside Longhong cave says ” Being content is being almost happy”.

The Ancient Carved Characters on the stone inside Longhong cave
The Ancient Carved Characters on the stone inside Longhong cave

The Statue of Manjusri carved in Yuan Dynasty ( 1271 – 1368 ) in the style of Sanskrit.

The Statue of Manjusri carved in Yuan Dynasty
The Statue of Manjusri carved in Yuan Dynasty

Lengquan Brook

It is also known as North Stream and Stone Gate Stream. The brook winds down from Feilai Peak. On the cliffs along the brook, there are 37 niches and 72 statues carved in Yuan Dynasty (1260 – 1368).

Lengquan Brook
Lengquan Brook

On the cliffs along the brook, there are 37 niches and 72 statues carved in Yuan Dynasty (1260 – 1368).

On the cliffs along the brook, there are 37 niches and 72 statues
On the cliffs along the brook, there are 37 niches and 72 statues

The largest niche in Feilai Peak – the Laughing Buddha with 18 arhats – Budai Maitreya, carved on the cliff above the stream.

The largest statue in Feilai Peak - the Laughing Buddha
The largest statue in Feilai Peak – the Laughing Buddha

A stone bridge over the stream leading to the highest statue in Feilai Peak – Umbrella Heaven King, carved in Yuan Dynasty.

A stone bridge o the highest statue in Feilai Peak - Umbrella Heaven King
A stone bridge o the highest statue in Feilai Peak – Umbrella Heaven King

A close-up view of the 2-meter high Umbrella Heaven King housed in 3.1-meter high niche in the style of Sanskrit.

A close-up view of the 2-meter high Umbrella Heaven King
A close-up view of the 2-meter high Umbrella Heaven King

Walk along the stone path on the river bank west of the Umbrella Heavenly King niche, you will will see more niches and statues.

Walk along the river bank, you will see more statues.
Walk along the river bank, you will see more statues.

The Buddha of Infinite Life, carved in Yuan Dynasty in the style of Sanskrit.

The statues of Ushnishavijaya. Ushnishavijaya is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with the White Tara and Amitayus. Ushnishavijaya combines aspects of three goddesses (hence her three heads), each associated with a sadhana (wish). Ushnishavijaya has a white colored body, three faces and eight arms.

The statues of Ushnishavijaya
The statues of Ushnishavijaya

The statue of Mahāsthāmaprāpta carved in Yuan Dynasty in the Chinese style.

After visiting Feilai Peak Grottoes, you may cross the brook and visit Lingyin Temple.

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

Any question, just drop a line.

Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
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Actually Hangzhou is a garden city with numerous spots for fantastic photographs. Strolling along the famous West Lake or the busy streets in the city center, you will easily spot some wonderful locations for candid snapping on your own.

My Top 10 List may serve as a practical guide if you visit Hangzhou for the first time and don’t have much time searching on the field for the best photogenic opportunities on your short Hangzhou Tour.

1. Best Spot for Sunset Images in Hangzhou

For sunset aficionados, you are now on the right place! Sunset over the West Lake was listed as one of the 12 super sunset spots around the world published by CNN on May 30, 2014. That said, where is the best spot for sunset photography in Hangzhou?

There are two ideal places where you can shoot awesome sunset pictures – Changqiao Park and the No.01 Park of the Lakeside Park which are both located along the West Lake. Changqiao Park (长桥公园) is on the southeast corner of the West Lake.

In the park, there is a pavilion known as “Xizhao Pavilion” and “Xizhao” literally means “Sunset Glow” in Chinese, which is the best place to shoot the sunset over Leifeng Pagoda, hence the classical scene “Sunset over Leifeng Pagoda”.

Check out West Lake Sunrise and Sunset for more information and photos.

Sunset Glow over Changqiao Park West Lake Hangzhou

The another equally ideal location for snapping the spectacular sunset is the No.01 Park of the Lakeside Park. The Lakeside Park (湖滨公园) comprises 6 sub parks, namely No.01 – No.6 parks with a length of 1000 meters along the east shoreline of the West Lake which merges with the city center of Hangzhou.

Sunset taken at Lakeside Park in WestLake Hangzhou

The No.01 Park is oft-lauded as the living room of Hangzhou, showcasing the beauty of the West Lake at a most visited and prominent area which is linked to Jiefang Road and Yan’an Road, the two most commercial streets in Hangzhou. Standing on the river edge of No.01 Park, set up your camera and patiently wait for the fantastic moment!

2. Best Place for Sunrise Photos

For sunrise enthusiasts, Hangzhou will not let you down neither. There are several sites good for sunrise shooting in Hangzhou. For the best sunrise photo experience, I personally favor Boshishan ( Precious Stone Mountain ), or 宝石山 in Chinese.

Baoshi Shan (Precious Stone Hill), the main body of the North Hill on the northern bank of the West Lake. There are several stone paths winding up to the hill either from the lakeside, or from its north hillside. Baoshi Shan is dotted with unique caves, Buddhist, Taoist shrines and weird stones or rocks. Of course, it is a perfect place to view a sunrise overlooking the downtown and the lake.

Check out Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou for more information.

Sunrise taken on the top of Baoshi Shan

Just check online and get to know sunrise time in Hangzhou on a particular day, climb up the cobbled pathway with stone steps leading to the top rock place overlooking the slender Baoshu Pagoda and the West Lake.

It takes about 10 minutes’walk to clamber up a view point on a rock, where you will find many sunrise lovers waiting on several high places waiting for the sunrise.

3. Best Place for Panoramic Photos of the West Lake

High-rise buildings are not allowed to be erected around the UNESCO crowned West Lake. But you still have some opportunities for panoramic photography of the West Lake and Hangzhou as a whole. There are three good options – taking pictures from Baoshi Hill, Leifeng Pagoda or Wu Hill (Wushan).

Leifeng Pagoda is situated on the Sunset Hill on the southern edge of the West Lake. First built in 975 AD, it was made of brick and wood with its base built out of bricks. On the afternoon of September 25, 1924, the pagoda finally collapsed due to disrepair. The new tower was rebuilt and opened on 25 October 2002. It has four sightseeing elevators, and modern facilities including air conditioners in the Pagoda, TV and speakers.

Check out How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda for a bird’s-eye view of the West Lake and the city.

Panoramic Photos of the West Lake and the City of Hangzhou Viewed from Leifeng Pagoda
Panoramic Photos of the West Lake and the City of Hangzhou Viewed from Leifeng Pagoda

A huge iron and steel structure is built on the original base of the pagoda which has been kept in good condition. At the entrance to the pagoda there is one autonomous escalator to take visitors to up to the pagoda’s base. The four sightseeing elevators take visitors up to different floors for a bird-eye view of the West Lake and the city.

4. Best Location for Shooting the Mesmerizing West Lake

Biking around the 15km West Lake or taking a stroll along part of its lake shoreline is a must for the first time visitors coming to Hangzhou.

On your circular lake tour, you have many photogenic opportunities for the great shots of the charming West Lake changing with lights and colors made at different time of a day and in different seasons of a year. People have their own favorite spots for interesting photos of the world famous lake.

Check out Beishan Jie (Beishan Road or Beishan Street and 北山街 in Chinese ), my favorite place for shooting.

Beishan Jie literally means in Chinese “Northern Hill Street (北山街)”, also known as Beishan Road or Beishan Street in English. It lies between the Precious Stone Hill (宝石山) and the Northern Inner West Lake (北里西湖), a 3km long asphalt road starting from the Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge (断桥) to Yanggong Di Causeway.

Standing on the Beishan Roadside, shooting the pictures of the Bai Di Causeway and Gushan Island
Standing on the Beishan Roadside, shooting the pictures of the Bai Di Causeway and Gushan Island

Beishan Road is lined with the plane trees, which arch across the street, providing great shade. On the south of the Beishan Road is the Northern Inner West Lake (北里西湖), separated from the main West Lake by the Bai Di Causeway (白堤) bridged by Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge (断桥), the Jindai Bridge (锦带桥), and Gushan Island (孤山) linked to the Beishan Road by Xileng Bridge (西冷桥).

On its northern side is the Precious Stone Hill (宝石山) with the slender spire of Baoshu Pagoda on its top. Between the Beishan Road and the Precious Stone Hill ( Baoshi Hill) is teeming with the old mixed style of west and Chinese villas and historical sites on the base and the slope as well. Most of the buildings are the former celebrity homes and residences from the military, the government and the business circle in the 1920s.

Today, part of the old houses have been revamped and turned into trendy and fashionable bars and cafes. They also offer western food. Wandering the Beishan Street, you are immersed in the mesmerizing view of the lake, bridges, arch plane trees, the causeway, the Gushan Island where the “wife and crane son” happened.

So strolling along Beishan Road allows you to travel back in time to the old days and at the same time you have an ideal location to catch the natural beauty of the West Lake.

5. Best Spot for Shooting Night View of West Lake

The West Lake is the illustrious drawcard in Hangzhou. Walking on the edge of the West Lake in the early morning gives you much serenity while an evening stroll allows you to enjoy a casino-like wonderland.

Check out my another articlet Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou for more photos.

Illunimated Baoshu Pagoda atop the Precious Stone Hill with its reflection on the water of West Lake

Normally the West Lake will be lit up on weekend evenings from Friday through Sunday, a great time to appreciate the beauty of the West Lake when it sparkles. You will have a lot of photography opportunities and at the same time you should prepare for possible crowds and people watch due to a lot of foot traffic.

One of the best spot to take a spectacular night photo of the West Lake is the Broken Bridge (断桥) where you can have a fantastic view of the brightly lit Baoshu Hill topped by its slim Baoshu Pagoda and the bridge itself turns into a fairyland.

6. Best Place for Shooting Spring Flowers

Spring in Hangzhou starts in March. Although spring is considered as the most beautiful season, it is highly variable, with frequent rain and alternating spells of warmth and cold. Walking along the West Lake, you could see the primroses waking up one after another.

Against the backdrop of the green leaves, petals are white like snow. How fascinating it is! Note: The best time to see the peach flower blossoms falls on late March and early April.

Baoshu Pagoda atop Baoshi Hill in the north of West Lake Viewed from Bai Causeway

As a garden city, Hangzhou has plenty of gardens and parks which fight for blossoms when spring comes. For me, the Bai Causeway is the best spot to appreciate peach flowers which are beautified by the budding and green willow trees planted side by side, creating a dazzling colors of red and green.

Just walking from the Broken Bridge (断桥) to Gushan Island (孤山) along the pedestrian only causeway, you will have many candid good photos of the green belt of the flowers and the tender West Lake.

7. Best Area for Summer Lotus Flower Pictures

Summer in Hangzhou starts in June, through July and August. In spite of being hot, sticky,buggy and humid, summer is the peak season for tourism in Hangzhou due to school holidays. Summers experience torrential rain quite frequently.

All this doesn’t deter tourists flock to the garden city, one of the most livable cities in China. Merciless summer sun is softened by the brilliant lotus flowers waking up in the ponds and parks in and around Hangzhou, presenting their beauty in the hot and humid weather. Shooting the pure and elegant lotus flower is many photographers’ desire whenever they have the chance.

There are around 500 varieties of lotus in bloom at the Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard (Qu Yuan Feng He), Guo Mansion (Guo Zhuang), Hangzhou Botanic Garden, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (San Tan Yin Yue) and Hupao Garden.

Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Crooked Courtyard
Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Crooked Courtyard

Among the numerous locations for lotus flower shooting, Quyuanfenghe beats others, attracting many lotus flower enthusiasts to come here for great shots. “Quyuanfenghe” literally means ” Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Crooked Courtyard”.

8. Best Spot for Snapping Autumn Leaves

Autumn in Hangzhou is regarded as the most beautiful and fragrant season. You can smell a rich fragrance of Osmanthus while walking along the street. Autumn is generally sunny and dry, and the foliage season is in November. You can have a cruise on the West Lake in autumn.

You are kindly advised to skip over China National Holiday on October 1-7 when you plan your Hangzhou tour, since there are so many people during that time. Hangzhou’s fall foliage comes much later than the cities in the northern China such as Beijing (Mid-October – Mid-November). The local leaf peeping time starts at the end of November and the best fall foliage time falls on the whole December.

There are many choices for fall foliage photography in Hangzhou. Just name a few: Xixi National Wetland Park 西溪湿地, Ginkgo Trees at Zhaohui, Autumn View at Nine Creeks in Misty Forest 九溪烟树, Chinese Sweet Gum Trees along Longjing Road 龙井路, Red and Yellow Leaves along Lingyin Road 灵隐路, Autumn Color at Hangzhou Botanical Garden 杭州植物园秋色, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor 花港观鱼秋色, Ginkgo Trees at the Solitary Island (Gushan) 孤山赏银杏 and Plane Trees Flanking Beishan Road 北山两旁的行道树-法国梧桐.

Check out Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou for more information.

Plane Trees Flanking Beishan Raod
Plane Trees Flanking Beishan Raod

The Beishan Road is always my favorite place for catching the autumn hues by photo. Strolling along the time-honored Beishan road sandwiched by Baoshu Hill and the Northern Inner West Lake, you are buried in the golden belt of big and shady plane trees, losing no time snapping the great photos.

9. Best Place for Wedding Photography

Hangzhou doesn’t lack the spots for wedding photos given its numerous gardens and landscapes around the West Lake. The most ideal place for wedding photography for many new couples would be Tai Zi Wan Park ( Prince Bay Park ) on the south of the West Lake.

Prince Bay Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in the West Lake Scenic Area. It is a garden with natural and man-made beauty. On one hand, it is a traditional Chinese landscaped garden with small rivers, charming pavilions, streams and ponds; on the other hand, it is modernly mixed with elegant western style of landscaping.

Check out my another article Best Time and Place to See Cherry & Tulip Flowers in Hangzhou for more information.

The Amazing Prince Bay Park
The Amazing Prince Bay Park

The locals, specially the young people come to this romantic place to get married, express love or hold other intimate gatherings. The park is also an ideal setting for wedding photography.

10. Best Pictures of the Hangzhou Old Streets

Hangzhou is an ancient city with a history of 2,200 years, well-known as one of the 6 major ancient capitals in the Chinese history. Hangzhou served as China’s capital during the Southern Song Dynasty ( 1127 -1279) .

The two main traditional and cultural streets form a pedestrian block, a revamped area formed during the former prime time of the Southern Song Dynast(1127–1279) when Hangzhou served as its capital about 800 years ago.

you are highly recommended to take a stroll along the Hefang Street (Qinghefang) and Zhongshan Road. The Qinghefang Street (清河坊) and Zhongshan Road Block (中山路 feed your eyes on the traditional Song Dynasty architecture s as well as the Western style buildings constructed in the years between 1912 and 1945 when China was governed by Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party. Check out Hangzhou Pedestrian Streets.

Check out my another article Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou for more information.

Foreign visitors are all smiles for the phots taken a Hefang Strreet.
Foreign visitors are all smiles for the photos taken a Hefang Strreet.

You will shop, dine and entertain in a healthy, pleasant car free outdoor activities. Strolling around the two areas give you a sense of traveling back to the old days in Hangzhou, an interesting opportunity to snap great shots.

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

Any question, just drop a line.