Hangzhou, also romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang, People's Republic of China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium. The city's West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site immediately west of the city, is among its best-known attractions.
Hangzhou's climate is humid subtropical with four distinctive seasons, characterized by long, very hot, humid summers and chilly, cloudy and drier winters (with occasional snow). With Hangzhou stepping into spring in March, being outdoors under a blue sky is comfortable. However, the weather is changeable as between winter and spring, and temperatures vary greatly from day to night even on sunny days. Although it rains occasionally during this month in Hangzhou, the scenery of grass, flowers and willows by the West Lake under drizzly misty rain is enchanting as well.
Some star-rated hotels and large department stores accept major credit/debit cards such as Master Card, Visa, JCB, and American Express. But foreign credit cards are accepted comparatively rarely in China. If you want to shop in a snack street or pedestrian street, you will need to prepare enough cash in Chinese currency.
Chinese payment platforms WeChat Pay and Alipay say they can now support foreign credit and debit cards.
Electricity in China is supplied at 220v/50hz. There are two kinds of sockets widely used in Mainland China: type A and type I. The type A can also accept plugs of type C or F, which are commonly seen in most European countries.