Parking fee in the scenic area around the West Lake, for both parking lots and roadside spaces, will hike 300 percent from May 1 to reduce traffic woes in the area.
The current rate is 10 yuan (US$1.6) per hour.
During the 7-day National Day holiday and Spring Festival, the price is raised to 30 yuan an hour, and during New Year's Day, Qingming Festival, Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid Autumn Festival, as well as weekends from May to November, the price is raised to 20 yuan.
However, the fee for overnight parking remains unchanged at 5 yuan. Parking for less than 15 minutes is free for any vehicle.
Visitors are advised to park their cars at the Huanglong Tourist Center for free and take public transport to the West Lake.