Hupao Spring

Hupao Spring, Hangzhou: Hours, Address, Hupao Spring Reviews: 4.5/5

Hupao Spring
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Fountains
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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103 reviews
Very good

Singapore79 contributions
Quiet, Green Attraction
Oct 2018 • Solo
Quiet, Less touristy attraction. This is next to Hangzhou Zoo so if you're visiting the zoo, you can drop by this place too. Admission Ticket is 15yuan. The man selling the ticket isn't very friendly though, I'm a foreigner so I only had cash and when I told him I only have cash, he actually sighed. What can an international tourist do when wechat pay and alipay isn't available for them? The entrance to Hupao Spring is lush, fresh and cooling with greenery. It is a nice visit but I wasn't sure if I visited the main tiger site since I was confused with the directory.
Written May 6, 2019
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Ralpo Stankic
Hangzhou, China472 contributions
Spring water but do not drink it directly
Feb 2018
Very easy to reach the place by taxi, didi or public transport. There is a bus dropping just in front of the entrance. It is a nice place for hiking and drinking tea boiled with the spring water. I suggest black or red tea more than green tea. Bring plenty of snack food and drinks along the way if you decide to hike. Nice activity for family with young children
Written August 3, 2018
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Jean D
Edmonton, Canada79 contributions
a popular destination for Hangzhou residents, worth a visit
May 2017 • Friends
These famous springs are in a park that also includes interesting exhibits on Buddhism and on the major literary and historical figures who have visited or lived in this place. Spring water is used to make outstanding tea, and you can also enjoy a tearoom where they make various grades of longjing green tea with the spring water. There is a place where local people collect spring water for their own use, and people line up for hours to collect it. I found this park very beautiful and if I return to Hangzhou I will visit again.
Written May 20, 2017
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New York City, New York71 contributions
Hike Tiger Spring
Nov 2016 • Friends
Very easy to get here by either taxi or public transportation. We caught the bus and it dropped us off right in front. The grounds are mature gardens with centuries of history. The tea shop is a great place to take a break, try the dragon tea. This ranks right next to West Lake as a must see attraction in Hangzhou.
Written February 28, 2017
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Hangzhou, China149 contributions
A Great Hiking Getaway Accessible by Public Transportation
Jun 2016 • Friends
This was a hot hike on a summer day, but it's so lush and fresh with greenery and flowers in the summer! We went on a weekend, and boy, it was crowded! Both the upper trail (which is a heart-pounding climb!) and the lower springs were filled with hikers. I imagine it must be a lot less crowded on a weekday.

Although Hupao is famous for its spring water, it still cannot be consumed without boiling, so don't count on going to the spring for a drink! Be sure to bring lots of water for the hike. The top has a great view of the Longjing tea fields, West Lake, and the Qiantang River.
Written December 20, 2016
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Shane H
Narre Warren, Australia423 contributions
Tiger Spring
Jun 2016
Its a bit of a hike up the hill but well worth it. Get a taxi there and ask them to come back in 2 hours. Locals are there in droves filling up water containers to make their tea from these precious waters. Try tea at the tea houses at the top in the temple. Some are outrageously priced so choose carefully. Check out the restaurant. I did not eat there but take a tour of the venue. The furnishings are wonderful.
Written October 23, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore748 contributions
Bring an empty bottle to bring home some spring water
Aug 2016
Situated between the West Lake and the Six Harmonies Pagoda is the interesting Hupao (Tiger Running) Spring. The spring is situated in a beautiful park, which houses a sprawling buddhist temple compound. From the park entrance, it's an uphill climb to the temple and the source of the spring. There is a stream running parallel to the main path, and its water coming from the spring at the top. On hot summer days it's common to see tourists dipping towels into the stream and cooling themselves.

On the left of the path, before the main temple complex, is a tap where you can collect the famed spring water, which is said to be the best water for brewing Longjin tea. The spring is ranked the 3rd best in China and it contains minerals which have health benefits. To me, the water tastes like typical mineral water.

The temple compound houses several galleries showcasing the history and scientific data of the spring, as well as the history of the temple and its resident monks. (Most exhibits are in Chinese only.) There are also several tea-houses where you can taste Longjin tea brewed with Hupao spring water for 50 yuan. Tucked in one corner of the compound is a shrine to Ji-gong, a Buddhist monk in the Song Dynasty, known for his wild and eccentric behaviour. Ji-gong is considered to be a folk hero in China because of his fights against corruption and injustice, and many TV serials and movies have been made about him.

(Tip: You can enter the park with Hangzhou-tong, a transport card used for Hangzhou's metro and buses. The admission fee paid by Hangzhou-tong is 10% cheaper than the standard admission, and you can bypass the ticket office queue and directly proceed to the entrance to tap your card.)
Written August 28, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
Interesting Place
Mar 2016 • Solo
This is the place where the spring water is said to bring out the best taste of the famed Longjing Tea. I see people bringing huge containers to collect the spring water for daily consumption. If you love peace and quiet, this is a great place to visit on a weekday or early in the morning
Written March 31, 2016
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Anna J
Bratislava, Slovakia50 contributions
Nice park
Oct 2015 • Couples
Hubao Spring is located in a small park with a few small lakes, a teahouse and chinese pavillions. The area is really nice, there arre beautiful sceneries a bamboo forest and a pavilion with stone carvings of arhats. Nice thing was, that there weren´t many people. The spring itself is just a small lake with weird modern tiger statue, so that was a bit of disappointment. The most beautiful thing is the green road, which leads from the bus stop to the entrance. It´s worth visiting only if you are staying in Hangzhou for longer time or you are in the area. The best way to get there is by the bus number 4. But beware, there are two buses number 4, one goes to the Hubao, but the other makes just a round near the westlake.
Written October 22, 2015
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Maikhanh N
62 contributions
An amazingly pleasant surprise...
Jul 2015 • Friends
The first time I came here with a friend, we had planned it to be an hour or so walk around a relaxing park...what we didn't realize was that if you took a turn up one of the path of stairs (surrounded by bamboo trees) after the sculpture of "Dreaming of the Tiger Spring," it would become a completely different adventure. That morning, we ended up hiking up a mountain. That first time in June, the weather was much cooler because it was overcast (and about to rain). However, that meant that we didn't see parts of the city skyline when we reached the top. In July, I went on a rather sunny day so the view was gorgeous...however, the trek was much hotter and more humid.

What truly amazed me though, was the path coming down. We decided to explore a different route which consisted of a more paved stairway that ended up leading us right into a perfect view of the Longjing Tea fields. When I took friends to come here again the second time; finding this path was actually more difficult the second time around when I had to search for the path rather than stumble on it.

If you have a morning to spare, I would recommend checking it out. I attached a map of my route into one of the pictures in case anyone is curious. The red star on Hupao Road is the entrance of the park. Simply follow the gray trail west until you reach the next red star (there is a split in the path so you can pick either trails), which markss the top of the mountain. From there, you can hike until you meet the intersection point between three different paths; all of them will eventually take you back on a road...there is a physical map at that location which will provide you with more information. Good luck!
Written October 21, 2015
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