Getaway Ideas – Hangzhou
China has a justified reputation for high-octane urban life and vibrant modern cities, but that contemporary hustle and bustle is not the only face of China. Here at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, nestled in a green lakeside village just 45 minutes from Shanghai, we are in touch with the intricate rhythms and simple rituals of authentic Chinese arts and culture. Our lush gardens, calm waterways and storybook architecture are home to a historic China that is still very relevant today.
Our friendly concierge team has curated an enticing array of activities to deepen your understanding of Chinese culture. Start with a custom-designed bike route (along with experienced bike tour guides if you wish), created with your interests in mind. One of China’s preferred modes of transport, bikes are ideal for exploring the city’s narrow alleys or winding woodland paths. Or, get an in-depth look at the art and craft of exquisite celadon porcelain through a visit to a celadon master’s studio, capped off with a workshop to make your own handmade creation. Don’t miss the Longjing Pilgrimage, a journey through Hangzhou’s celebrated tea fields, where you sample a variety of unique local products, visit the National Tea Museum and savour delicious authentic farm dishes at tea farmers’ homes.
Back at the peaceful Hotel, relax and rejuvenate. Learn the art of dumpling making (a must at every Chinese celebration), discover the 2000-year-old history of kite making with a kite master, and soak in the uniquely decadent Longjing Tea and Jade Spring Bath (infused with the extract of 60,000 delicately fragranced tea leaves) at the Spa.
The breathtaking beauty of Hangzhou and in particular West Lake is often called “dreamlike,” and we warmly invite you to share the dream with us.