Fly To Hangzhou, China
One of the seven ancient capitals of China, Hangzhou masterfully balances Chinese urban life with magnificent natural beauty while retaining its cultural and historic heritage. It’s the fourth largest cosmopolitan city in China, but it’s also known as the country’s most scenic.
Situated at the southern tip of the renowned Grand Canal, Hangzhou is the bustling capital of the Zhejiang Province and the perfect starting point from which to explore the 180km long Hangzhou Bay. The undoubted highlight of Hangzhou is the Westlake, flowing out from downtown and enclosed by a series of beautiful peaks and gardens.
If you’re visiting China, Hangzhou will give you a great idea not only of its natural beauty but also of typical Chinese city life. Visit one of China’s most iconic destinations by comparing flights across a range of airlines on Travelstart to find the cheapest option.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Hangzhou, China. The application usually takes four working days to process, but it’s advisable not to leave Visa applications to the last minute. Passports need to be valid for at least six months beyond the date of application and have at least two blank pages for Visa and stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the People’s Republic of China is situated near Nongzhan Bridge in Beijing. 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600. Phone: + 86 10 8532 0000. The South Africa Consulte-General is located in Shanghai. 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai. Phone: +86 21 5359 4977. This is the closest option if you’re in Hangzhou.
See and do
Explore the city’s number one attraction, Westlake, either by taking a cruise on the water, strolling around the peaceful gardens or climbing one of the peaks to enjoy sweeping views across the lake and the city beyond.
Beside Westlake runs a strip of shops, restaurants and bars – enough to take up an entire evening’s worth of entertainment. Top this by watching a show at the Impressions Westlake Theatre, built on top of the water.
Leifeng Pagoda, Yufei's Tomb and Zhejiang Museum are but three of approximately 60 cultural relics that you can visit in Hangzhou while Lingyin Temple, with its trail of Buddhist carvings, will bring peace to your day.
Take a peak into what the life of a wealthy Chinese merchant was like at the former residence of Xueyan Hu and find delight at the fish garden where the frolicking golden carp makes for magnificent pictures.
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport – HGH
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is Zhejiang Province’s main airport and is situated 27km east of downtown Hangzhou. Although it’s one of China’s busiest airports, there is a beautifully manicured garden just beyond its doors.
Food and beverage: Find coffee, sandwiches and light Chinese meals at PR Café, West Bank Café, Yinong Café, Yeasun Café, Topspot Café and the more sophisticated Reading Café. For Western fast food there is a KFC and McDonald’s and a Kung Fu Express for Chinese fast food. Lvyuan Chinese Restaurant is the only Chinese restaurant in the airport.
Currency Exchange: Exchange your money at Hangzhou Zhang Jiang Ai Xiyi Commercial Consultation Co. Ltd., located on the right of International Arrival exit on the first level of the terminal building.
Lost Luggage: The lost and found counter is opposite to the No.2 and 3 gates in the departure hall. Phone: 0571-86662419.
Car hire: Top One Car Rental.
Airport Hub: Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (code HGH) is a hub for Air China, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.