What is the best way to see Hangzhou in one day?

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Sophie Friedman

The best way to see Hangzhou in one day is on two wheels. Visitors can rent bicycles on the corner of Hubin Lu and Pinghai Lu; you’ll need a photo ID (not your passport) and a RMB300 (US $47) deposit. Your kids can even pedal next to you — there are small bikes for kids ages 9 and up. All bikes include a lock and some have baskets, but none come with helmets. Once you’re on your bike, head to West Lake, taking in the all the greenery that surrounds the famed body of water. Stop for lunch at one of the cafés or noodle shops that dot the lakes pathways — you’ll enjoy some good people-watching along the way. Return your bikes in time for dinner at Grandma’s Kitchen, a Hangzhou cuisine restaurant adjacent to the bike rental area.

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