Although Hangzhou is little-known in the west, it is still widely regarded as one of China’s most beautiful cities. Hangzhou it is rated as one of the top 100 international visitor destinations.
The easiest way to reach Hangzhou from further afield is to take a direct long haul flight to Shanghai, and then to travel here by train. It’s also possible to fly here from other cities within China.
Given the extensive restrictions on international visitors hiring cars in China, car rental isn’t really an option in Hangzhou anyway. There is little need for it.
Should you rent a car in Hangzhou? – No!