Characteristic Food Streets in Hangzhou (Ⅰ)
Hangzhou, like any other city in China, is renowned for its love of food and cuisine culture that has developed steadily throughout the years. In particular, Hangzhou is recognised for its fancy flavours, exquisite dishes and tasteful establishments; and a visit to any one of Hangzhou’s famous food streets is bound to suit a number of different tastes.
Shengli River Food Street (胜利食美食街)
Located beside Shengli river, a section of the famous Hangzhou-Beijing Canal, resides this popular food street dedicated to selling an assortment of Chinese cuisine. Whether you choose to visit the street by day or by night there are a number of suitable eateries to choose from. Constructed to replicate an ancient style setting, this street with its abundance of red lanterns will not only keep you warm and cosy at night, but will also satisfy a number of appetites by day.
As a food street, delicious food is an indispensable element of Shengli River Food Street. The street integrates Hangzhou local food and typical foods from various parts of China together. You can sample all the food in China without even stepping out of Shengli River Food Street. There are not only many options of food, but also various ways of dining to choose from. You can either choose to sit indoor in an elegantly-decorated room, or choose to brag with your friends outside on the street. Don’t worry to feel cheap about dining on the street, because it’s a pretty popular dining option in China. No need to worry about being eavesdropped or the weather. The street has it all worked out: tables are arranged two or three meters away from each other; Curtains are put up to protect you from cold wind and rain. Actually, dining outside on the street is an excellent way to relax and breathe fresh air, especially in summer. In addition, there is a smokeless barbecue area where you can enjoy the palatable barbecue food without enduring the smoke. Excellent, right?
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.