If you are coming on the train, purchase your tickets in advance (passports required). The comfortable train ride takes about one hour from Shanghai. We also recommend to book a car transfer from the Hangzhou train stations (there are two, so check your tickets) because taxis can be hard to get in Hangzhou. It is an approx. 30-minute car journey from the train station to the scenic area.
This is an ideal two-day overnight trip (although you could cram it into one day). The road you have to walk from the Pins de La Brume Hotel to Lingyin Temple can be busy. Be cautious of road traffic as the sidewalk/pavement goes missing in some sections.
Hangzhou is a popular tourist destination, so try to avoid Chinese public holidays, as it gets very crowded (and expensive) during holidays. The shoulder seasons of April to May and September to November are great, as summer is very hot and humid, which makes walking around uncomfortable.
For kids under 120 cm (3.9 ft) height (such as our almost 7-year-old), admission is free for most public attractions (such as temples, museums, etc.).