Top Recommended Biking Routes in Hangzhou

We know what you are thinking – how can you enjoy the poetic Hangzhou in a different way? China Discovery suggests you to try short-distance biking trip which offers you more freedom and leisure for exploration and more importantly, you are much closer to the beautiful nature. Hangzhou has long been a popular destination for cyclists and active travelers. The city was the first in China to develop a public bicycle sharing system, which today more than a dozen rental kiosks dot the West Lake area.

China Discovery has carefully selected top 5 recommended biking routes with detailed distance, suggested time and scenic spots introductions. You can select your likes and begin your cycling exploration! (Please Note: the following biking routes can be adjusted according to your likes and convenience.)

Top 5 Recommended Biking Routes in Hangzhou

Route One: Bai Causeway – Su Causeway

Hangzhou West Lake Biking Route Map

- Features: "Short and Scenic"

- Distance: about 5.4 kilometers

- Suggested Time: 1 hour ~ half day

- Start: Broken Bridge (rent a bike at Shao Nian Gong bike station)

- End: South Side of Su Causeway (return bike at Su Di Nan Kou bike station on Nanshan Road)

- Scenic Spots along the way: Lingering Snow over the Broken Bridge, Bai Causeway, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake, Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Yue Fei Temple, Dawn at Su Causeway in Spring, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, Leifeng Pagoda, etc.

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This biking route is the most classic one which starts from Broken Bridge where Chinese Romeo and Juliet love story began and ends at the south of Su Causeway. This area offers a multitude of rewarding photo ops while traversing stone arch bridges. It is suggested to take this route in spring and autumn for the weather is gentle and cozy and also you can experience the most beautiful and colorful West Lake. If you want to do it in summer, try the entire tree-lined Su Causeway.


Route Two: Quyuan Fenghe – Lingyin Temple

Hangzhou Lingyin Temple Biking Route Map

- Features: "A Spiritual Cycle"

- Distance: about 3.6 kilometers

- Suggested Time: about 15 minutes ~ 1.5 hours

- Start: Quyuan Fenghe (rent a bike at Quyuan Fenghe bike station)

- End: Lingyin Temple (return bike at Lingyin Si bike station)

- Scenic Spots along the way: Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Yue Fei Temple, Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Twin Peaks Piercing the Cloud, Lingyin Temple, etc.

This biking route is from West Lake’s northwest corner toward Lingyin Temple, a beautiful and well-maintained Buddhist temple in Hangzhou. In 10 minutes, you’ll leave away the bustle and hustle West Lake area, make a stop at Hangzhou botanical garden to appreciate different kinds of flowers, plants and trees, see numerous Longjing tea plantation along Lingyin Road, and then reach the hidden spirit place. It is worth your time and exploration. This route is suitable in spring, summer and autumn season.


Route Three: West Lake Round Cycling

Hangzhou West Lake Biking Route Map

- Features: "In-depth", "Legendary Landmarks"

- Distance: about 13 kilometers

- Suggested Time: about 3 hours to 6 hours

- Start: Sixth Park (rent a bike at Liugongyuan bike station)

- End: Sixth Park (return bike at Liugongyuan bike station)

- Scenic Spots along the way: Lingering Snow over the Broken Bridge, Bai Causeway, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake, Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Yue Fei Temple, Dawn at Su Causeway in Spring, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Leifeng Pagoda, Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill, Orioles Singing in the Willows, etc.

This biking route offers the rare chance to see the famous “West Lake Ten Scenes”. Start from Broken Bridge and ride clockwise along Bai Causeway and head south to Su Causeway. You can make a stop to reach up Leifeng Pagoda to have a panoramic view of West Lake. Continue your bike riding along Nanshan Road and pay a relaxing visit to Changqiao Park and “Orioles Singing in the Willows”. Continue your riding along Hubin Road and stop at the Third Park which is the place for West Lake musical fountain show in the evening. This route is suitable in spring and autumn.


Route Four: Liuhe Pagoda – Qianjiang New Town

Hangzhou Biking Route Map

- Features: "A Modern Ride around Qianjiang CBD"

- Distance: about 10 kilometers

- Suggested Time: about 1 hour

- Start: Liuhe Pagoda (rent a bike at Liuheta bike station)

- End: Hangzhou Grand Theater (return bike at Jiefang Dong Lu bike station)

- Scenic Spots along the way: Liuhe Pagoda, Qiantang River Bridge, Third Qiantang River Bridge, urban balcony, Qinatang CBD, etc.

This riding route helps travelers feel the new fashion along Qiantang River, experience the development process from the first highway-railway bridge to the modernization bridge. On a relaxing bike riding, you’ll also travel through from the West Lake era to Qiantang River era, from the old to new, from ancient to modern.


Route Five: Hangzhou Botanical Garden – Nine Creeks

Hangzhou Biking Route Map

- Features: "Scenic & Tranquil Riding"

- Distance: about 13 kilometers

- Suggested Time: about 2 hours to half day

- Start: Hangzhou Botanical Garden (rent a bike at Zhiwuyuan bike station)

- End: Nine Creeks (return bike at Jiuxi bike station)

- Scenic Spots along the way: Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Lingyin Temple, Early Spring at Meijiawu Tea Village, The Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi, Nine Creeks Meandering Through a Misty Forest, etc.

This riding route takes you to explore the quietness and tranquility, walk into the green Longjing tea plantations, immerse into the bamboo-lined atmosphere, walk along nine-stream old path. You can feel you are closer and closer to nature. No matter how you feel at this time, this paradise-journey will give your mind the most original pleasure sense of belonging.


Hangzhou Bicycle Renting Tips

Hangzhou Bike Renting Station

1. Bring your ID card or passport to open an account.

2. Visitors can open a bike-rental account at Longxiang Qiao, Xueshi Road & Hubin Road, Third Park, Sixth Park, Shao Nian Gong, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Wushan Square, Huanglong Bus Station, etc.

3. You'll need an RMB 200 deposit to open a bike rental account, all of which is refundable after the account is closed.

4. Renting fare: For the first hour -- free; 1 - 2 hrs. -- CNY1; 2 - 3 hrs. -- CNY2; Over 3 hrs. -- CNY3/hr.

5. Before taking a ride, you should examine every part of the bicycle, and report to the sfatt it there is a problem so as to change a good bicycle beforehand to avoid potential risks.

6. After returning the bicycle, please make sure it says “successfully returned” on the auto machine. The result shows “this card does not rent a bicycle or the bicycle is returned” means returning bicycle successfully.

7. The card holder should top up the IC card accordingly, to avoid not being able to rent or return the bicycle (when there is less than 200 RMB in the card).

8. If you have your questions about renting a bike in Hangzhou, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who are here ready to help!

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Renting bike in Hangzhou
Hello,
I have been reading that you can rent public bikes all over Hangzhou. However, somewhere I read that sometimes the brakes don't work well. Is it also possible to rent from a bike shop? If yes, are there any near the Hangzhou Goethe Hotel or Courtyard by Marriott. I have not booked my hotel yet.
2018-08-20 22:40
Hi Fran,

Greetings from China! I am not sure about whether it is possible to rent a bike from a bike shop. And there is one bike shop called “Jiuyi (久亿)” closer to Goethe Hotel on Qingtai Street in Hangzhou, maybe you could call to know the details at (0571)87833270.

Enjoy your great day!
Renting Bike
Can I ask how much deposit money should we pay? because there are other information we just have to pay deposit money 100 RMB, or we should pay 200 RMB?

And another question, we top up our card 250 RMB and we use 25 RMB, can we get payback 225 RMB or just deposit moner 200 RMB?

Thank you
2018-07-30 21:48
Hello Lisa,

Greetings from China! Usually, for tourists in Hangzhou, you need to apply for the Z Card for renting the Hangzhou Public Bicycles, which need a deposit of 200RMB/person. And each time, you need to top up at least 50RMB. If you return the bicycle within 10 days from the last time you using it and the Z Card is maintained well, all your deposit the remaining sum would be given back. To know more details, you could go to Service Hall at No.25 Ding’an Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou (杭州是上城区定安路25号 - 市民卡城南服务厅) in person.

Wish you a nice day!
Smart card
Hi.
If I apply the smart card already.
I want to return and refund the card to another center can or not ?
2018-03-22 06:19
Hello Naphasin,

Good morning from China. Yes, you can rent the bike at one site and return it to another center.

Have a nice trip in Hangzhou!
Public bike
Hi,
I will visit Hangzhou one single day, from the morning to 7p.m. I would like to rent a puplic bike, but I don't know if I can do it just for one day. How can I return my card after using the bike? Maybe at 7 p.m the office is closed.
Thanks
2018-03-12 20:42
Hi Almudena,

Thanks for your message. You have to apply for the biking card at and return the card at the Smart Card Center on Long Xiang Lu, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou. The office is closed at 5 pm.
bike rental
can i rent a bike for 24 hours in Hangzhou without returning it at all? if so how much would it cost?
2017-08-28 20:08
Dear Meir,

Thanks for your message. Yes, you can rent a bike for 24 hours or more. You can negotiate with the Bike Store. It costs about 50~100 CNY for a full day. The price differs by types of bikes, mountain bike or regular bike.

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