Hangzhou, positioned in a sub-tropical zone, is renowned for its verdant landscapes and for its four distinct seasons all of which bestow the city with unique seasonal views. Whereas spring is dominated by green willows and pinky peach blossoms, summer is awash with lotus flowers and pomegranates and winter is graced with a number of cool blooms. As for autumn well this is Hangzhou’s current season and as you will see it is brimming with golden colors and a variety of sweet fragrances.
Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village (满陇桂雨) Feature: sweet osmanthus As the city flower of Hangzhou, sweet osmanthus is definitely autumn’s focal point. For its geographical advantage, the sweet osmanthus in Manjuelong Village is always the first to blossom and in doing so creates an exotic mosaic of color and beauty.
Yanggong Causeway (杨公堤) Feature: snow-white cough grass Not far from Yinxiu Bridge (隐秀桥) on Yanggong Causeway is a wide expanse of dense couch grass. As the weather gets colder and colder the couch grass becomes whiter and whiter and can be seen swaying gently in the autumn breeze.
Longjing Road (龙井路) Feature: red maple With tea bushes aplenty the predominant color of Longjing Road is green, however in autumn this is shadowed by the fire-like leaves of the maple trees which glow as if they are shining in the sun.
Nine Creeks Meandering Through a Misty Forest (九溪烟树) Feature: creeks, pine needles and dawn redwood ‘Nine Creeks Meandering through a Misty Forest’, otherwise known as ‘Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies’ (九溪十八涧), is a renowned location favored for its poetic and most natural landscape. With winding creeks, stone-clad paths, pine needles and brown dawn redwood, the creeks have unique autumn views of their own.
Beishan Road (北山路) Feature: dark brown plane tree With a total length of 3 kilometers, Beishan Road starts at Broken Bridge and stretches westward towards Yanggong Causeway. Besides the antique constructions on Beishan road, the plane trees that grace its paths are also one of the road's highlights. In late autumn leaves fall from the plane trees and weave a dark brown carpet along the ground.
Hangzhou Botanical Garden (杭州植物园) Feature: chrysanthemum Located at the foot of Yuquan, Hangzhou Botanical Garden has over 3,000 plants and every autumn there is a chrysanthemum exhibition displaying various species of chrysanthemum.
Xixi National Wetland Park (西溪国家湿地公园) Feature: white reed catkins Xixi National Wetland Park has long been known for its rustic views and well-preserved wetlands. In autumn the park is dominated by ‘autumn snow’ which is formed by white reed catkins flying around in the wind and Autumn Snow Temple (秋雪庵), a solitary islet which is only accessible by boat, is the best place to view this seasonal spectacular.
Zhaohui (朝晖) Feature: ginkgo The tall yellow ginkgo blends well into Autumn Hangzhou and there are many places to view this golden creation, among them Zhaohui, located downtown is the most accessible.
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.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.