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Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai

Sunday, September 15th, 2019
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Hangzhou is historically oft-lauded as a paradise on the earth and now has become world famous with its West Lake Landscape listed as World Culture Heritage in 2011.

With its picturesque landscape and rich cultural and historical sites, Hangzhou has become a lively backyard garden for Shanghai, a metropolitan city, only 200km to the northeast of Hangzhou.

Many Shanghai leisure and business travelers would choose to make a day trip to Hangzhou when they plan a Shanghai tour. So what’s the best way or the most convenient and economic way of visiting Hangzhou from Shanghai for a day trip?

A one-hour high speed train from Shanghai Plus 15-minute subway ride in Hangzhou takes you to the core of the scenic Hangzhou – the West Lake Landscape.

Daily over 50 high speed trains darting from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station (  the old station). Check out the following steps to plan your Shanghai Hangzhou day trip.

Step 1: Early Highspeed Train from Shanghai to Hangzhou (One Hour Train Ride)
There are over 50 daily high speed trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Try to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for an early train ride to make more time for your day trip in Hangzhou. The earliest train starts at 6:30am.

Basically you don’t have to reserve your train tickets, just buy and go ( except on China holidays when you have to reserve your tickets online well in advance).

Step 2: The Right Train Station in Hangzhou
There are two railway stations in Hangzhou ( Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station ) which both receive high speed trains though the newly built Hangzhou East Railway Station handles most of the high speed trains in and out of Hangzhou. So make sure at which station you will alight in Hangzhou.

Step 3: Interchange for the Subway Line 1 in Hangzhou
No matter you get off at Hangzhou East Railway Station or Hangzhou Railway Station, you can easily interchange for Subway Line 1 in Hangzhou to get to the core of the West Lake Scenic Area.

The Subway Line 1 connects the two railway stations with its mid-way stop ( Longxiangqiao Station ) near the West Lake, the biggest draw in Hangzhou. Line up for buying your train ticket for the stop of Longxiangqiao Station (龙翔桥站).

Step 4: Exit from Exit C at Longxiangqiao Station (龙翔桥站)
A 15-minute metro will bring you to Longxiangqiao Station which is about 100 meters away from the world famous West Lake. When you alight at Longxiangqiao Station, you need to exit from Exit C ( don’t be distracted by C3 or C4), and go up straight onto the ground.

Step 5: Turn Right and Walk about 100 meters for the West Lake
Exit from Longxiangqiao Station, you are on the east-west Pinghai Road (平海路), you turn right ( to the west ) for a 100-meter walk, you will be at the West Lake.

Step 6: Centrally Located Hotels along Pinghai Road (平海路)
If you’d like to stay overnight in Hangzhou, you may book your hotel along Pinghai Road with easy access to the West Lake.

Exit from Longxiangqiao Station, if you turn left and walk for a few minutes, you are able to find some nice hotels such as Marco Polo Garden Hotel, Hangzhou Friendship Hotel, Hangzhou Zhongshan Hotel and Hangzhou Continental Hotel on Pinghai Road.

Step 7: Walk from Longxiangqiao Station ( Subway Line 1 ) to the edge of the West Lake
The 100-meter stroll allows you to see the largest Apple Store in Asia, a public bike rental booth, Starbucks and Hyatt Regency Hotel by the lake. You may rent a bike for a leisure rice along the lake.

Step 8: A Stroll along the Lake
Once you reach the lake, you may either walk along the north or down to the south around the lake, a 15-km in circumference.

Step 9: Backtrack for Shanghai from Hangzhou
You may go back to Shanghai by the same way you come. Keep in mind the last high speed train leaves from Hangzhou to Shanghai at 21:31.

Just show you some pictures for your glimpse of your walk from Longxiaoqiao Station to the edge of the West.

Once you get off at Longxiangqiao Station, you will see 4 exits, please exit from Exit C.

Exit from Exit C

Exit from Exit C

Walk to the right side from Exit C, you will see the largest Apple Store in Asia

Apple Store

Apple Store

Walking by a public bike rental booth

Public Bike Rental Booth

Public Bike Rental Booth

Starbucks by the Lake

Starbucks by the lake

Starbucks by the lake

Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake

Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake

Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake

Early Morning at the lake shore 100 meters west of Longxiangqiao Station of Subway Line 1

Early Morning at West Lake

Early Morning at West Lake

Pinghai Road (平海路), your starting point for your Hangzhou day trip.

Pinghai Road

Pinghai Road

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours
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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 Classic Day Tour  from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou – Wuzhen Water Town – Hangzhou Day Tour   from US$70 p/p
Hangzhou – Suzhou – Hangzhou Day Tour  from US$80 p/p
Hangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day by Car  from US$410 p/p
Hangzhou Car Rental

Further Readings


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Visit Shanghai in October

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Plan your Shanghai tour in October?  You have chosen one of the best months to travel Shanghai. Shanghai’s autumn starts from early October, the most comfortable season, generally neither too hot nor too cold with little rain.

Like Beijing, Shanghai gets very crowded and busy during public holidays. You are kindly advised to skip over the week-long holiday ( October 01 through 07 ) – China National Day.

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund in Shanghai

For autumn-leaf viewers, though in the later October you will feel the autumn hues in Shanghai, the better time for autumn leaf peeping falls between early November, and later November being regarded as the best. So you won’t expect a colorful  Shanghai in October.

The Weather in October in Shanghai


Shanghai’s average temperature in October varies between 23℃ and 15℃.  The daily temperature for most of the days in October is comfortably above 20℃ during the day, but in the evening you will feel chilly with temperature a bit over 10℃.

Luckily you won’t expect much rain since October is not the raining season in Shanghai. For most of the days you will see the blue sky and white clouds.

Historical Weather Data for October in Shanghai

Shanghai’s historical daily weather data is a useful tool to schedule your coming trip to Shanghai, helping you decide what to dress and what to visit.


Date
Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Oct 01 25℃ 18℃ 33℃(1977) 12℃(1957)
Oct 02 25℃ 18℃ 34℃(2002) 11℃(1969)
Oct 03 25℃ 17℃ 31℃(1977) 10℃(1956)
Oct 04 24℃ 18℃ 31℃(1987) 10℃(1972)
Oct 05 24℃ 17℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 06 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 11℃(1957)
Oct 07 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 10℃(1992)
Oct 08 24℃ 16℃ 31℃(1959) 9℃(1969)
Oct 09 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1959) 9℃(1981)
Oct 10 24℃ 16℃ 30℃(1987) 8℃(1954)
Oct 11 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 12 24℃ 16℃ 32℃(1957) 9℃(1952)
Oct 13 23℃ 16℃ 29℃(1957) 8℃(1963)
Oct 14 23℃ 16℃ 28℃(1977) 8℃(1965)
Oct 15 23℃ 15℃ 29℃(1951) 8℃(1962)
Oct 16 23℃ 15℃ 30℃(1951) 8℃(1952)
Oct 17 23℃ 15℃ 28℃(2002) 9℃(1963)
Oct 18 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1982) 7℃(1963)
Oct 19 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1957)
Oct 20 22℃ 14℃ 29℃(1997) 8℃(1953)
Oct 21 22℃ 14℃ 30℃(1959) 7℃(1963)
Oct 22 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1997) 5℃(1972)
Oct 23 22℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 24 21℃ 14℃ 27℃(1977) 4℃(1981)
Oct 25 21℃ 13℃ 27℃(1977) 5℃(1981)
Oct 26 21℃ 13℃ 28℃(2003) 4℃(1951)
Oct 27 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 2℃(1991)
Oct 28 21℃ 12℃ 26℃(1979) 3℃(1966)
Oct 29 21℃ 12℃ 29℃(1979) 2℃(1978)
Oct 30 21℃ 11℃ 27℃(1979) 3℃(1978)
Oct 31 20℃ 12℃ 28℃(1979) 4℃(1952)

What to Wear


For the average above-20℃ temperature during the day in October, you are dressed lightly – T-shirts, or long-sleeved shirts and thin pants or jeans.

For the average 15℃-evenings, you are  suggested to wear leisure jackets, suits,  thin sweaters or pants or jeans.

Where to Stay


Shanghai is one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities. The huge city offers you plentiful hotel choices from luxury international brand hotels to budget hostel.

Your hotel selection is also affected by the location you are going to choose.  People prefer a convenient hotel in terms of its proximity to subways, shopping centers and attractions you are going to visit.

So first of all, you need to acquaint yourself with the basic knowledge of the district and neighbourhood you are going to stay and your hotel should be close to a metro line, shopping malls, etc.

Shanghai is mainly divided into 16 districts (8 urban districts and 8 suburban districts). Each district has its own core city. If you are on a leisure trip to Shanghai, you expect to stay in one of the 8 urban districts.

The 8 districts are all located in Puxi – to the west bank of Huangpu River while Pudong New District is located to the east bank of Huangpu River. The Pudong New Area is full of highrises, not suitable for leisure travelers.

8 Urban Districts
Jing’an District (静安区)
Huangpu District (黄浦区)
Xuhui District (徐汇区)
Changning District (长宁区)
Putuo District (普陀区)
Zhabei District (闸北区)
Hongkou District (虹口区)
Yangpu District (杨浦区)

8 Suburban Districts
Pudong New District (浦东新区)
Baoshan District (宝山区)
Minhang District (闵行区)
Jiading District (嘉定区)
Jinshan District (金山区)
Songjiang District (松江区)
Qingpu District (青浦区)
Fengxian District (奉贤区)

Basically people would arrange their hotels in one of the 8 Urban Districts. But for business travelers, Pudong New District is also a good option too.

For more information on each district and its hotel choices,  check out the link Where to Stay in Shanghai.

Where to See


As you know, Shanghai is cut into two parts by Huangpu River: Pudong ( to the east of  Huangpu River ) and Puxi ( to the west of the Huangpu River ). Most of the historical and scenic sites in shanghai are in Puxi while Pudong is the new development area peppered with numerous futuristic high-rise buildings.

If it is your first time to visit Shanghai, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Shanghai per your personal taste. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai will be helpful in planning your Shanghai trip. Check out the link – Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai.

In the later October in Shanghai you will feel the autumn hues with some tree leaves turning partially red, brown and yellow. The best time  to see maple and ginkgo autumn  leaves starts late November through mid-December. Check out Top Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai for more information.

What to Eat


Shanghai has a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

You can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well during your Shanghai tour.

Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gathering all kinds of snacks such as Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings), a must you should taste on your Shanghai trip.

Steamed Pork Dumplings)

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town with a history of more than 100 years. It is deeply popular with the tourists both home and abroad for its thin skin, much stuffing, fresh flavour. You can find Nanxiang Xiaolongbao in many places in Shanghai.

October is a good time to taste the delicious live fresh water crab.

We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Please check out Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai  and Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants  for more information.

October Events, Holidays & Festivals


National Day (October 01 – 07)
It is the most essential holiday for celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

People are entitled to a 7-day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together with these 3 official paid-day off. Try to avoid visiting Shanghai during the week-long holiday.

The Chinese Men’s Health Day
The Chinese Men’s Health Day falls on 28 October which first held in the year 2008.  People will take part in a variety of activities in the city of Shanghai to mark the special day.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai 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 guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Plan your Shanghai Tour? If you visit London, one thing you must do is to cruise on Thames River. It is same as in Shanghai. It is said that no Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River.

Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London tells the similarity of the importance of the two rivers for the two world famous cities.

No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River

Cruise Routes & Prices
At present, the most popular cruise schedule is the one hour Highlight Cruise.

Highlight Cruise 1 hour & Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), passing by the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge.

Then “U” turn back to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This is a highlight of the cruise trip on Huangpu River.

You are able to enjoy the mixed view of the old and the concession-era buildings on the west of Huangpu River and the futuristic and trendy skyscrapers on the east.

Operating hours: 11:00 – 21:30

Cruising Time: 50 minutes
Cruising Schedule:
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 18:45, 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:15, 20:30,20:45, 21:00, 21:15. 21:30.

Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule

Prices: RMB 120

Note:

1) Children under 1.3 meters high: free of charge.

Note: One adult only can take one child free of charge

2) Children above 1.3 meters high: charged as an adult.

Cruise Boats
At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers with the smallest boat carrying 80 people.

Some boats are built with traditional Chinese culture elements; some look much trendy and brilliant. Choose your own favorite boat!

some look much trendy and brilliant

Cruise Wharf and how to get there
The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund, No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai.

The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center.There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.

Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf. If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf since the double decker bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.

Take bus 33, 55, 65, 305, 868, 910, 928 and get off at the bus stop of Shiliupu.

The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf

How to book the Huangpu River Cruise Tickets
The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices, which are both located on the underground floor.

You are required to take an escalator to the ticket booking counter.Line up and purchase your tickets. It’s better to book your cruise tickets before 17:00.You also can buy your tickets online or through ticketing agents.

 

The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices

Night Cruise on Huangpu River
Cruising on Huang River at night is highly recommended with the lit brilliantly skyline of Pudong rife with skyscrapers and the lit Bund with beautiful colonial buildings.

Night Cruise on Huangpu River

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai 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 guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop line.