Hangzhou’s spring can be seen in the little residential houses lying beside bridges, beneath which gurgling water can be heard running through. There, willows at the bank sprout tender green shoots, pink flowers bloom, and together with the Jiangnan-style white walls and black tiles they silently reflect in the calm river signaling that spring is finally in the Hangzhou air.
Guo’s Villa is a renowned Jiangnan-style garden in Hangzhou and adjoins “Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden”, one of the Top Ten Views of West Lake. In Guo’s Villa, you can appreciate Chinese traditional style towers, pavilions, buildings, bridges as well as the greenery that is unique to spring making the entire experience a purest and most peaceful one.
In Xiaohe Straight Street Jiangnan style buildings, featuring white walls and black tiles, queue along the river. In the early morning, looking through the misty fog, Xiaohe Straight Street resembles a vivid canvas painting. Spanning across zigzagging rivers are bridges that connect to different zones and form a unique view of the famous water town. Strolling along flagstone road in small alleys, time seems to have stopped here …
West Lake in Spring is extremely breathtaking. Here, one can stroll along Su Causeway to view boats adrift, ducks swimming in the lake and willows dancing to the city’s gentle breeze. You can get even closer to the lake by diving into one of the boats available at the riverbank.
Beishan Road is, probably, one of the most vibrant places in which to immerse yourself in Hangzhou’s spring scene. Despite numerous vehicles coming and going, you can still appreciate its charm slowly but surely.
Stretching westwards to Yanggong Causeway, the three kilometer-long-Beishan Road lies right next to the West Lake. Compared with the always packed Broken Bridge, Beishan Road still manages to preserve its style. Flanked by rows of tall Chinese parasol trees, the road offers great shade for visitors and backed by Precious Stone Hill and facing the West Lake, the road is blessed with culture, beauty, and history.
Yangmeiling Village is situated half way up a mountain in the west of Manjuelong Village. It’s not as famous as Meijiawu Village and Longjing Road which, therefore, makes it the perfect spot in which to enjoy Hangzhou’s spring views in peace.
There is nothing more pleasurable than cycling in Yangmeiling Village on its flagstone road. If you are tired, you can find a nearby teahouse and savor a cup of China’s finest green variety whilst enjoying the surrounding scenery.
Longjing Road spirals up the mountain and as it passes the tourist attraction of Longjing, you can either choose to go left to the China National Tea Musem (Longjing branch) and Wengjiashan, the best place to go if you wish to buy and taste tea; or go right to Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies. Lying quietly in the valley, the place is characterized by dense forest, numerous paths crisscrossed by an ever-flowing stream of crystal clear waters and lush green tea bushes covering slopes of roadside hills.