Hangzhou, where ancient history meets modern industry, encapsulates the rise of emerging tier-one cities with its increasing international appeal, it is also a city widely celebrated for its rich history, cultural significance and striking landscapes.
Known to be the “Capital of Tea”, “Home of Silk”, Hangzhou is now home to some of the nation’s largest technology companies, even some of the world’s leading organizations like Alibaba. In conjunction with its unique cultural offering, recent significant commercial success, a growing number of overseas graduates returning to China wanting to make Hangzhou their home too. Wellcee will show you the uniqueness of different areas and help you find the perfect new home!
The South Song Dynasty is a culturally rich and sophisticated age that left its distinctive imprint on the Hangzhou city, of particular interest is the historical South Song Imperial Street at the center of Uptown. When the night falls, the street turns to a food paradise that makes it hard to leave. Vising this busy but captivating street, you can catch a glimpse of antique buildings and long-survived stores, taste local snacks as well as savor the beautiful artifacts.
Xiacheng District is the old city of Hangzhou, it intersects the West Lake and connects with the Great Canal. Its picturesque canals are delightful to wander along as small footbridges cross the water and paper lanterns hang from the buildings, presenting a scenery that reflects both history and reality. Although it has modernized drastically in recent decades, the city has retained pockets of its charming features that harken back to days gone by.
Where Wulin Square meets the Great Canal
Qianjiang New Town is designed to be Hangzhou’s new CBD area, living in this area you will never wonder about how you can spend the night, you can take the rare chance to enjoy awesome performance - “Most Memorable is Hangzhou” to appreciate east-meets-west elements showed in G20 Summit night gala, join in the locals to enjoy the stunning musical fountain and amazing light shows.
A glimpse of Qianjing New City
The main urban area of Hangzhou is convenient with subways as the 4 main subway lines all intersect here. Like most mega cities, the traffic in the main urban area can be quite congested during peak hours. We do not recommend you renting here if you need to drive during the morning and evening rush hours. Residential buildings in the city center are mainly old communities, and there are higher-quality new communities along the river with higher renting price. The rent for a single room in the old community is around 2000 rmb per month, while the price of higher-end apartments is generally be above 4000 rmb.
Binjiang is already host to the offices for broad range of leading internet, finance and tech firms, including Alibaba, NetEase, H3C Technologies etc. It is quite easy to meet young professionals and start a new social circle for those who just relocated here. The popular cherry blossoms-lined parks along the river are perfect for jogging and long walks. The area has a certain elegance attached to it, in particular, it is an excellent place to get your fill of these springtime blooms, along with great views of the gorgeous gardens.
Xiaoshan is the birthplace of Zhejiang Civilization, not only recognized for having such profound culture, it is also home to the beautiful Xianghu Lake and has a landscape full of recreational activities for families. Xianghu Lake is known as the sister lake to West Lake and is essentially the quieter version of its renowned sibling. The lake and its surrounding area are full of breath-taking scenery and ancient culture. Having the chance to live here and soak up this beautiful landscape is definitely worth every step into Xiaoshan and its ancient old history.
Xianghu in winter
Nicknamed the ‘Alibaba Effect’, Hangzhou has attracted exciting, well-funded start-ups. With this, comes increased attention from foreign and local professionals.
These areas currently cover 1-2 subway lines directly to the central area, compared to the public transportation, there is greater advantage to drive in these areas as there are no restrictions for non-Hangzhou vehicles. The renting price in the inner areas of these districts is relatively expensive, a single apartment is generally above 2000 rmb, while the rent of a 2-bedroom apartment costs no less than 4000 rmb.
Hangzhou is known for its stunning natural beauty with the West Lake being the very best of what is on offer with the Broken Bridge being the romantic highlight, pagoda-topped hills rise over willow-lined waters as boats drift slowly through an idyll of leisurely charm. Walkways, perfectly positioned benches, parks and gardens around the banks of the lake offer plenty of vantage points for visitors to admire the faultless scenery. Its beauty is the subject of many poems and paintings, it may also be the perfect place for observing the lifestyle of local people, for it occupies such an important place in the hearts of Hangzhou people.
West Lake at night
The northern West Lake District is mainly old city, there are many “city villages” in the old city bringing attractive rental price. Two of the Zhejiang University campuses are just nearby, with the campus, hospitals, and cafeterias of Zhejiang University open to the public, you can easily experience campus life again here, relive that simple, hopeful and somewhat romantic student life.
The traffic in West Lake District is quite congested. Whether it is subway or bus, driving is also extremely inconvenient due to traffic restrictions. The rent in this area is relatively low, the average rent in the “city villages” in the urban area is below 2000 rmb per month.
Gongshu district, located in the north of Hangzhou, is environmentally attractive with the Grand Canal, ancient yet elegant, running through the whole district like a silver necklace, bestowing numerous historic relics and splendid cultural heritages. This leg of the Canal in Hangzhou is the most well preserved, profound in cultural details and rich in tourist resources. In 2018, Gongshu was awarded Top 100 Happiest County in China.
The Great Canal
Yuhang is the cradle of Liangzhu Culture, the latter being renowned as the dawn of Chinese civilization and a tentative world cultural heritage. Owing to the Grand Canal which passes through this ancient town, Yuhang was, 1000 years ago, a flourishing trade centre and has ever since been the home of rice and fish, silk and satin as well as boasting a wealth of scenic spots and historic sites making Yuhang a great place to live.
Liangzhu Culture Museum
Most universities in Hangzhou are located in Xiasha District, making the area a great choice to rent apartment because college towns tend to have a low cost of living with wide variety of low-cost services. You can rent a single apartment that costs only about 1000rmb, a 3-bedroom place may only cost about 2000 rmb per month. For those who are still nostalgic about student life, renting this area couldn’t be more perfect.
Xiasha College Town
The endless options can leave us constantly wondering if there is a place with better views, a better neighborhood, more green space, and on and on. In the modern world, perceptions of home are consistently colored by factors of economy and choice, we may have overlooked the importance of the person we share our days and nights with, wouldn’t it be nice if they walk into our life like they had always lived there? Wellcee wants to help you finding that beautiful home in Hangzhou and that roommate who is an adventure and home at once.