Da Zhaiyuan (大宅院) Da Zhaiyuan, decorated in traditional Chinese style, is famous for its number of home-made Hangzhounese dishes and sitting at any table of this grand restaurant will make you feel at home, that being a Hangzhounese home. Among the long list of exquisite dishes the steamed bread is sensationally hot and private dining is also available as is eating alfresco. Although far away from Hangzhou downtown, dining at Da Zhaiyuan is well worth the time and distance in getting there.
Add: No.598, Xixi Road, Xihu District (西湖区西溪路598号) Tel: 86-571-85123318
Blue Lotus (Longjing Branch) 蓝莲餐厅 Blue Lotus is a characteristic restaurant with a main building and a big yurt which has stoves right beside each table. The stoves are not just ornaments. You can actually use them to warm yourself during winter. The main building has two floors: barbecue available on the first floor and private rooms on the second floor. Their specialty, Blue Lotus Meat with Tea (蓝莲茶香肉), is prepared out of streaky bacon and tea leaves, and it’s usually served with steamed bread.
Add: No.1-1, Jilong Mountain, Longjing Road, Xihu District (西湖区龙井路里鸡笼山1-1号) Tel: 86-571-87156551 Traffic: Bus Y3/27 Bus Stop: China Tea Museum (茶叶博物馆), Shuang Feng (双峰)
Linglong Town (Nanshan Road Branch) 玲珑小镇 This romantic Taiwanese restaurant is located on Nanshan Road. Dishes here no doubt are delicious. But most people’s interest on this restaurant is not about the food, but about the romantic environment. With white as the main color, everything here is delicate. Even napkins and mats have tiny flowers on it. And it pays a lot attention to privacy, with each table kind of enclosed by "white bricks". It’s an ideal place for a date.
Madeng Buluo (马灯部落) Madeng Buluo is a combination of hotel, restaurant and bar. About 5 minutes' walk from Hupao Road, it’s usually the gathering place of young people. Upon entering it, you can see a lot of travelling footprints left by previous guests. It’s a good place to make friends from different countries and share your travelling experiences. Recommended dish: Roast Leg of Lamb.
Add: No. 238, Siyanjing, Hupao Road, Xihu District (西湖区虎跑路四眼井238号) Tel: 86-571-86989975 Bus Stop: Hangzhou Zoo (杭州动物园)
Jiangnan Yi (the Grand Canal Branch) 江南驿 Located by Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the restaurant provides customers a platform to enjoy the view of the Grand Canal. Adapted from an old building, the restaurant features wooden stairs, wooden chairs and tables. The delicious dishes you can try here is too many to count. Check it out yourself.
Add: No.142, Dadou Road, Gongshu District (拱墅区大兜路142号) Tel: 86-571-88250808
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.