Located near the financial district, Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou, is an excellent hub from which to experience the city.
Taxis in Hangzhou are cheap and plentiful. Most taxis are metered, with fares starting at RMB 11 (USD 1.65). Taxis are available at the hotel or may be hailed from the street.
Trains offer an efficient, scenic way of travelling within China, and link most parts of the country with reliable service.
You may travel in one of four classes: Soft Seat or Soft Sleeper with air-conditioning; and the Hard Seat or Hard Sleeper.
Three long-distance bus stations are located just outside the city centre. The east bus station is the most comprehensive, with frequent coach buses departing for Shanghai, Shaoxing and Ningbo.
To book passage on a bus, please speak with the hotel service staff who will be happy to assist you.
Getting around the city in a car and a driver is a safe and comfortable transport option.
Rates vary depending on the size and style of vehicle available. Please enquire with the hotel staff for more information.
Both Suzhou and Wuxi are accessible via the Grand Canal in Huangzhou. One boat departs daily for each location, both taking 13 hours.
The boating industry on West Lake is regulated. Boat operators wear light blue uniforms and charge RMB 80 (USD 10) per hour.
Hiring a private boat is recommended, and the hotel staff will be happy to assist with the arrangements.