Practical information for visitors to Hangzhou


The electricity supply in China is 220/230V AC, 50HZ. Type A and I plugs are often used. Please refer to Wiki website:


Chinese Yuan (also known as Renminbi, RMB for short) is the official and legal currency in circulation. Use of foreign currencies is generally not allowed. The official currency exchange rate can be found at which is applied national wide. There are currency exchange services at Hangzhou Xiaoshan international Airport or Shanghai Pudong Airport and top-end (Normally 4 stars to 5 stars) hotels. All branches of Bank of China and other large banks offer currency exchange services. Look for a sign when you walk into a bank outlet.


Average low
Average high
Rain in cm (inches)
Rainy days
Air quality
05:53 to 06:12
17:13 to 17:46
32% Excellent

61% Good

7% Lightly polluted

Getting around Hangzhou

Map showing locations of all three AST meetings in Hangzhou.

Zoomed in map to show location of AST-20 hotel.


Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural centre. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium.

The West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immediately west of the city, is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of the city, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Tomb of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments.

A number of national museums can be found in the city and are representative of Chinese culture. Fine examples are the National Silk Museum and National Tea Museum. Along with the other museums in the region, they provide a fascinating insight into the history of Chinese traditional products.

Hangzhou tour guide: