West Lake

Cheap, cheerful and tasty

Like its sun-dappled, tree-lined streets, Hangzhou's cuisine is light and fresh.

Here are three places to try Hangzhou's local cuisine while you are visiting the city.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Serene journey back to gentler times

The Xixi Wetlands, China's only national wetland park, is 6km west of central Hangzhou in a gorgeous setting of mulberry trees, bamboo groves, lagoons and soft, rippling canals.

People have been living in the wetlands for almost 2,000 years, weaving silk and fishing, and the park aims to enshrine that ancient way of life.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Editor's note

Despite economic woes in many parts of the world, the tourism industry is growing fast. In fact, a record 1 billion people are expected to travel this year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

MUSICAL magnificence

Hangzhou is the rare Chinese city that appeals to tourists who seek its lush gardens replete with pagodas, and to city slickers looking for a little breathing space.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Developers fail in Guangdong, Hangzhou

Two more property developers in Guangdong and Hangzhou have filed for bankruptcy, highlighting the growing pressure on cash-strapped small players that are struggling amid Beijing's efforts to cool the housing market.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wind down and enjoy

Hotels in Hangzhou are racing to keep up with the expected flood of tourists after the West Lake became a Unesco World Heritage site.

Last year, the Shanghai Expo brought additional international visitors to Hangzhou. The airport has a newly-built terminal for international arrivals, and a new commercial business district is emerging.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Long march to success

It's a 10-minute drive from the West Lake to the strikingly modern headquarters of Hangzhou's most famous global company. Alibaba occupies a new cluster of buildings in a campus-style setting with communal gardens and giant screens featuring a traditional Chinese 'cracked ice' design.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Immortalised in poetry

For centuries, West Lake served as the template for elegant landscaping around a prominent natural feature. Parks across Asia emulate the West Lake style and this was one of the factors that led Unesco to grant it World Heritage Site status last month.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hangzhou plans steps to protect West Lake area

Hangzhou authorities are considering limiting the number of tourists and vehicles allowed around West Lake, according to reports yesterday, a day after it was added to the Unesco World Heritage List.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Power and the glory

'Above there is heaven, below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.' The saying, crafted by a poet several centuries ago, seems to hold true, at least in Hangzhou; according to a poll conducted recently by Oriental Outlook magazine, the capital of Zhejiang province is the happiest mainland city in which to live.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Wharf venture buys four residential sites

Wharf (Holdings) and a mainland developer have bought four residential sites in Hangzhou for three billion yuan.

In line with its strategy to step up investments in the mainland, Wharf said its 50-50 joint venture with Jindu Group had bought the four plots of land in the city's West Lake area at two public land auctions, held on August 29 and yesterday.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Global retailers looking to Hangzhou for expansion

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, has become the new target of global retailers lured by the city's growing prosperity as they seek to expand in second-tier mainland cities.

The boom comes as retail spaces in prime areas in first-tier cities such as Shanghai and Beijing become more scarce.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Computer repairman caught in legal web

Jailing of green activist over 'state secrets' highlights arbitrariness of judicial system

To his friends, Tan Kai is an idealist, someone who spent his money organising the Green Watch Salon in Hangzhou , where like-minded friends discussed environmental problems and political issues instead of the usual 'eating, drinking, entertainment and gambling', says his friend Jia Lin .

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


1The main draw

24 May 2006 - 12:00am


Until recently, Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, was a sleepy city with only a handful of restaurants catering to visitors content to stroll around or take boat trips across the West Lake.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am