Best things to do in Zhejiang and sightseeing in Zhejiang
West Lake - Zhejiang
And yes this is the beautiful west lake! This isn't much to do except takings photos and selfies.. so it is more of a "by the way" kind of thing (more for just the picture of the lake I would say).
Westlake is named the pinnacle Hangzhou experience, and the willows help set the movie-like scene for the most picturesque spot to shoot wedding photos. There’s something about these willows by the lake that make them oh-so-romantic. Perhaps it’s them waving gently in the wind like they’re having a dang good time soaking up the golden sun. Best Way To See Them: Hire a bike and peddle your way through some scenic routes such as around the iconic Broken Bridge.
Yandang Mountains - Zhejiang
This is one of the few cities in China that is not THAT commercialized for tourists just yet. Some roads are still muddy roads with bumpy rocks. There is no well-known hotel chain here yet, and therefore we stayed in one of the motels we managed to find. It was around 150RMB for a double room (non-peak period). We drove from Shanghai to this place, and I love the fact that no matter where you turn your head, you see beautiful mountains and scenery EVERYWHERE. There are many attractions in this area, despite them all being similar (it's all about climbing more mountains to see more scenery). Most attractions take about 1-2 hours.
lingshangrenjia - Zhejiang
Lingshangrenjia -> 岭上人家, can be directly translated to 'People on the mountain range'. This attraction is made up of restaurants built on the mountain edge that continues till top of the mountain. The photo I took is from the carpark, quite a distance away from the restaurant as a river runs between the mountain and the carpark area. There is a bridge to cross to get to the opposite side. All the restaurants serve similar things, and the specialty in that area is 烤全羊 (kao-quan-yang), which is 'Roasted whole lamb'. So just pick any with many people inside and preferably with air-conditioning as its hot in summer. The lambs are 'fresh', as you can hear them 'bahhh-ing' when you walk nearer to their kitchen (I didn't dare to go look..). The lamb is just nice for a table of 12 people, of course with other add-on dishes. The cooks are fantastic as the roasted lamb is sprinkled with all sort of spices that create so much flavour there is no 'lamb smell' at all. I highly recommend this place! If you are not a fan of roasted lamb, I still suggest visiting this place just to see how amazing that the restaurants are built on the mountain edge.
InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort - Zhejiang
This Intercontinental is about 20km or so away from the city center. It's like an island on it's own, with breathtaking views from any angle. The pool of the hotel is facing the lake and it's beautiful in the morning. At night there is a lighthouse, however it's quite dark and can't be seen. The rooms are big and spacious with a couch and two single beds each big enough for two people.
Qiandao Lake - Zhejiang
Beautiful scenery! We took a day to tour the islands. There is a tourist spot to buy tickets for speedboats that allows you to take different routes to explore different islands. This takes up about a whole day, and I suggest starting early. We left the BnB at 6:30am reached around 7am got to the ticketing booth around 7:30am, difficult to park around there. A speedboat takes around 10 people and each ticket is around 120rmb. There are private boats as well but more expensive. We had 10 people, so we technically had a private boat ;) Each island has a different name, due to their special characteristics. On another day we traveled for about 2 hours to get to a old town, 芹川古镇 (Qin Chuan Old town). This town has a very long history and is relatively hidden, but has become a popular place to visit in recent years. Most families have stayed there for generations. Getting to know the people and the history of the place was very interesting. However, do bring someone who understands their dialect, because it's hard to interpret even if you understand mandarin.