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Hangzhou Bicycle Hire

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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 Plan your Hangzhou tour? Why not try a bike tour around the West Lake in Hangzhou? At the time of my writing, Hangzhou has the largest bicycle sharing system in the world with 2177 bike docking stations ( bike outlets, kiosks, share stations or whatever you name them) and 50,000 bikes.

This government-run bike rental plan is to expand to 175,000 bikes by 2020!Ever since May 2008 when the bicycle sharing system was put into operation by the local government, it has received very positive responses from individual public bike hire users.

It is very convenient for short trip bike users. In addition, it reduces pollution, relax congestion, and keep its people healthy.

Locked bikes at docking points at a docking station

 

Getting a bicycle
Take a bike, ride it where you like, then return it, ready for the next person. Bikes are available 24 hours a day, all year round. No need for bike booking and it is self-service. So just take it and go. It is most suitable for short trips.

How to hire and use
Bring along your passport when you apply for the bicycle hire card. First find a bike station near your favorite place.Basically a docking station is composed of a terminal and docking points where you pick up and return bicycle. Buy your bike. Buy your bike rental card from the terminal of the docking station.
RMB 300 in total (RMB 200 as deposit and RMB100 as prepaid rental fee). Both deposit and prepared money can be returned after its final payment being deducted. One passport can apply for a maximum of 5 bicycle rental cards.

For taking a bike, you just need to just swipe your bike rental card on the locker at any of the docking points at the docking station. When the light turns to green and the buzzer beeps, you need to take the bike out of the locker within 30 seconds.

For returning a bike, you must make sure that your bike is locked by the electric locker, and swipe your bike card on the locker when the green light is on. Your bicycle is firmly locked when the green light stops shining and the buzzer beeps.

Problems about picking up and returning bikes
If there are no cycles when you get to a docking station, you may check bike rental outlets where there are some nearby.

When returning your bike and find that your docking station is full, it is advisable to check a nearby cycle docking station.

You should only park your bike at a docking station. Don’t leave it unattended anywhere else.

Always return your bicycle to a docking point which has no lights on and put it firmly into the locker. Wait until the light turns green to ensure the bike has been put back properly.

In case of an incident
Contact the cycle service station if you have an incident while using your bicycle. You need to call the contact bike hire center on 85331122.

4 Major Bicycle Docking Station
1) At the entrance to Orioles Singing in the Willows Park ( 柳浪闻莺)
Add: No. 11 Nanshan Road (Nanshan Lu 南山路) near West Lake Museum.

2) At the entrance to Wushan Square (吴山广场)
Add: Hefang Street (Jefang Jie 河坊街) near Wushan Square public transport station (Wushan guangchang gong jiao zhan 吴山广场公交站).

3) At the entrance to Youth Palace (青少年宫)
Add: Beishan Road (Beishan Lu 北山路)

4) At Hangzhou Bus IC Card Service Center
Add: 20 Longxiang Road, Hangzhou

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line.

Poetic Winter Scenery Viewed from Su Causeway in West Lake

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
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The scenery viewed from Su Causeway across West Lake in spring is lauded as one of the top 10 classical sights in Hangzhou. But for me,  Su Causeway offers the delightful views in all four seasons, not just in spring.  When you plan your Hangzhou tour,  do arrange a walking trip along Su Causeway even you don’t visit Hangzhou in spring.

Last week, I had a stroll along Su Causeway under the extreme cold weather from the south to the north on the west side of West Lake. It was a 2800-meter scenic walk crossing six stone moon bridges, hence the nickname of “Six Bridge Causeway”.

Thin tourist crowd in low tourist season allowed me to own the whole charming causeway, fully taking in the scenes along and viewed from the causeway. Everything looks surreal and poetic! Weeping willow trees look like threads of beards move softly in wind. Withered brown lotus leaves still stand firmly in the water with poetic reflections on the water.

Distant cruising boats, lake shorelines and the islands in West Lake all create a dream fairyland. The lake shorelines are dotted with pavilions, bridges and houses under the sky, presenting a poetic picture of Chinese landscape painting.

Weeping Willows, Boating on West Lake viewed from Su Causeway

 

Withered lotus leaves, the pavilion bridge

 

A red dot in the picture of a large tree on the edge of Su Causeway

 

The poetic weeping willows and the distant pavilion bridge

 

The poetic scenery of weeping willows, boats and the distant south hill of West Lake

Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


 

1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line!

The Pure and Fresh Winter Beauty of West Lake in Hangzhou

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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Plan your Hangzhou tour? January is the coldest month in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 2 hours’ drive to the south-west of the metropolitan Shanghai.

Hangzhou is a garden city noted for its charming West Lake, a site of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. For various reasons, you are going to visit Hangzhou during the coldest January or February, the garden city still won’t let you disappointed. It will embrace your with its pureness and freshness of the winter scenes.

Yesterday Hangzhou fell to the lowest temperature at – 6 degrees  celsius. Braving the extreme coldness in Hangzhou climate history,  at noon I took the shuttle boat from Huagang Wharf to the largest island in West Lake. The island is known as Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly nicknamed “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon”.

One of the merits of visiting Hangzhou in winter is the less tourist crowd with more time and space for your own.  The return boat ticket costs 55 yuan. I was the only person in the boat cruising from Huagang Wharf to the island.

Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly known as “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon” is a typical Chinese gardening art with limpid lakes in the form of Chinese character – 田. Pavilions, zigzag bridges,  lakes, trees and bamboos are harmoniously set in the island.

Leftover snow still blanketed the island landscape here and there in a delicate way. About 80% of the lake surfaces were frozen with thin layers of ice.  It is said that the frozen surface scenes in the island haven’t been seen in winter in the past 7 years.

There weren’t t many tourists on the island yesterday. I walked around the island leisurely and took some photos of the winter landscape of the charming island. Please share some of my pictures below taken yesterday.

The Zigzag Bridge on the Island.

 

The four inner lakes are connected by poetic bridges.

 

The charming landscape of the island in winter.

 

Pavilions, Trees, Bridges and Lakes dominate the landscape.

 

The natural beauty of the island.

 

The Pavilion is the best place to view the three pagodas above the lake.

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Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


 

1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou