Though it seems like I’ve done quite alot in Hangzhou, I was only there for a weekend. But, that was plenty to get a good taste of the city and enjoy some of its wonders.
Following is a summary of my visit for Hangzhou and my recommended 2-3 days travel itinerary :
Day 1 – Around Hangzhou’s West Lake
Day 2 – Around Hangzhou
Day 3 – Day-trip from Hangzhou
If you have an extra day, then a day trip from Hangzhou to Wuzhen, an ancient water town, has been recommended to me a few times by a number of people.
As for where to stay – a list of potential accommodation options can be found here. I can vouch for the Sunny Huansha Hotel. Another decent cheaper option is the Mingtown Hangzhou International Youth Hostel, just next to the West Lake on the east.
Enjoy. Let me know how your trip was.