During our visit to Hangzhou city, we stayed in the Huachen International Hotel. It is quite a stylish hotel which is only located 10 mins walk from West Lake. This is their selling point, a very good location.
We usually like to come back to our hotel for a short rest after we were out the whole day. Rest a little and then go out to search for our dinner. There are many restaurants located in the West Lake shopping area so we can just walk out and search for food easily.
The hotel is new and stylish, I was kind of shocked to learn that the temperature, time and date are shown on the mirror in the bathroom. It is pretty cool and convenient for guests to look at. The rooms are overall quite comfortable and well-equipped with all the necessary things we need for the few nights.
The breakfast has both western and Chinese menu on the buffet spread. A wide range of options is available.
Chinese glutinous rice dumpling or Zongzi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings. In China, they usually use dates as filling rather than meats. Also, theirs tasted sweet instead of salty. The size and shape are also slightly different from ours in Singapore and Malaysia. The size tends to be smaller and the shaper is sometimes square.
Douhua is also a popular Chinese breakfast, their version of douhua is usually salty. You can add in the ingredients such as dried salted seaweed, salted vegetables, and dried shrimps, soya sauce, and other ingredients. You can also eat it sweet if you wanted to, just add in sugar. Douhua usually eats it with youtiao (fried dough sticks).
Dried dough stick also knows as youtiao.
Porridge is another popular breakfast for the Chinese, also eat it with youtiao.
Pickles and nuts are to go with porridge.
This is what I took for my breakfast.
Another good news about Huachen Hotel is the Hangzhou Tourism Information center is just located next door. You can get the bus tickets to the airport here.
Express bus to the airport only cost RMB 20 per person. If you have the China ID card, you can purchase it from the machines. If not, just get your ticket from the staff.
The airport bus arrived on time every half an hour or so, please check the timetable. The information center may close earlier so do get your ticket before that. Pick up area is just right in front of the information center, also in front of the Huachen Hotel. There is no need to catch a taxi to the airport if you stay in Huachen Hotel. Hop on Airport express bus is so convenient. This is another bonus point to stay in this hotel.
Bus tickets are issued and hold on to them as someone will come to collect and check the tickets before you can board on the bus.
Huachen International Hotel offer a good location to West Lake, the hotel is clean and stylish. The breakfast spread is just awesome, comes with international, both Chinese and Western cuisine. Another thing I love about this hotel is there is a direct airport bus that brings you directly to the International Airport. The pickup point is right in front of the hotel and you can just get your bus ticket next door at the information center.