This large lake in the middle of the city is the namesake for Hangzhou and the main meeting place for the city's 8 million residents. Escape from the heat near the water, watch locals play cards under the trees, and enjoy a Popsicle from a nearby vendor before getting on a boat and going for a paddle around the shore. Excellent views of the city skyline paired with beautiful views of the mountains and lots of clean lake water.
This modern, classy hotel has lots of personality, flair, and fun. With a rooftop pool, color coded floors, and a breathtaking chandelier in the entry way, this is a memorable spot. My favorite thing? There are two excellent Paul Frank inspired rooms... for adults! It's the epitome of cute, kid inspired trends that's popular in China.