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Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and one of China's major tourist destinations.

Among the city's famous attractions are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the beautiful West Lake and the historic Grand Canal, which links Hangzhou to Beijing via the longest artificial river in the world. Local specialties include Xihu silk umbrellas, colour-glazed porcelain, Longjing tea, and white chrysanthemum.

Visas

All international travellers require visas except Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders, who can enjoy visa-free access to Mainland China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies and consulates. These must be used within three months of the date of issue. Long-term visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China


Currency

Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls. Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.2 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.13 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
16.59 Japanese Yen (JPY)
7.23 Philippine Peso (PHP)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Taxes

In compliance with regulations, with effect 1 May 2016, all room, food and beverage and hotel services will be subject to Value Added Tax at the prevailing rates. At the same time, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will reduce service charge from 15% to 10%.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments. Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
9.30am - 10pm


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements when planning your trip.
We do not recommend drinking water from the tap. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every hotel room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Hangzhou except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate. Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop below freezing with strong winds. Light clothing is appropriate for the spring and summer months.


Weather

Hangzhou has a humid, subtropical climate with temperatures ranging from very warm during the summer at 26°C to 32°C (79°F to 90°F), to cold during the winter at -3°C to 8°C (37°F to 41°F).  Significant rain falls in Zhejiang in May and June.

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Month High Low
Jan 8ºC 1ºC
Feb 10ºC 3ºC
Mar 14ºC 6ºC
Apr 21ºC 12ºC
May 26ºC 17ºC
Jun 29ºC 21ºC
Jul 33ºC 25ºC
Aug 32ºC 25ºC
Sep 28ºC 20ºC
Oct 23ºC 15ºC
Nov 17ºC 9ºC
Dec 11ºC 4ºC
Facts

Population
8.8 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
  

Mobile Phones
GSM 900/1800/1900