Hello, Jian Shuo
I read quite interesting information in your blog
I’m a grandmother presently staying at my children’s place in Shanghai for a few weeks
I would like to go to Hanzhou as everybody says it’s quite beautiful
Problem is I have a very little income; could you please advise me as to the cheapest way to go there and tell me whether I can see enough in one day, or to I have to stay in a hotel for one night ?
I thank you very much in advance for your advice and congratulate you for your kindness in helping other people
Hope to get an answer real soon
Since the question is about how to get to Hangzhou really cheap, I will focus on saving budget in this guide.
Travel to Hangzhou
The cheapest way to Hangzhou, I believe, is by train. (correct me if someone found better or cheaper way).
Take Metro #1 to the Shanghai South Railway Station (or transit to #1 from all other metro system), and buy tickets to Hangzhou.
It costs 25 RMB before (I don’t have the updated price yet, but should not change too much) for single trip on the “hard seat”, which is the cheapest ticket. Since it is only 2 hours trip, it won’t be a problem for elder people.
Train Station in Hangzhou
Typically, you should arrive in New Train Station. Here is information you may need when you buy your return tickets.
Wulinmen Ticket Office: No. 199, Wulin Road
Huansha Road Ticket Office: No. 147, Huansha Road
Railway Station Inquiry Number:
0571-87829424 (New Train Station)
0571-86450514 (East Train Station)
Transportation in Hangzhou
Take bus from the Train Station to the West Lake. Hangzhou has many attractions, but West Lake is definitely the top on the list. Bus takes like 2 RMB (correct me if I am wrong here. I am not so sure today), and spend your time in the West Lake area. If you only have one day, spend as long as you can in the places near West Lake.
Typically, one day trip is good enough for most visitors who are lack of time or budget. You can arrive in the morning around 10:00 AM and be back at night around 8:00 PM.
There are some nice hotel in Hangzhou and they are cheaper than in Shanghai (relatively). Home Inn (NASDAQ: HMIN) has branches there with 168 RMB room, and there are many which are cheaper than this.
To stay one night is a good idea, since the scene of the West Lake at night and in early morning is also great – even better than during the day time, in my personal opinion.
A bonus tip: don’t worry if it rains in Hangzhou. West Lake looks best (according to people’s opinion in the last thousand years) when it is raining.
Hope this helps, and have a happy trip to Hangzhou.