Hangzhou bears many titles- ‘one of seven ancient capitals of China’, ‘the heavenly city’ ‘Oriental Leisure City’ ‘Capital of Tea’ ‘Home of Silk’, etc. Within Hangzhou, Xiaoshan district is renowned as ‘the birthplace of Zhejiang Civilization’ and Yuhang district ‘the cradle of Liangzhu Culture (the last Neolithic jade culture in the Yangtze River Delta of China). They all aptly demonstrate the cultural and historical status of Hangzhou, which attracted a large number of luminaries including emperors, scholars and poets in ancient times who left behind a wealth of cultural and historical artefacts, helping Hangzhou rise in status as a culturally significant city.
Xixi National Wetland Park
The charm of Xixi National Wetland Park is enhanced by being compared with bustling West Lake. Not as famous as West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park managed to preserve its primitive serenity and unique landscape. It features rustic scenes with water-birds flying about; fishes swimming freely in the water; white reed catkins swaying with the wind; red persimmons hanging on the branches and colorful plum blossoms dotting the green world. For hundreds of years, the poetic scenery has attracted numerous ancient scholars and they left their works of art and footprints here. In addition, there are Kung fu shows available every weekend.
The Last Old-style Train
This train was opened in 1997 and was used to pick up staff in railway station. Now, it’s open to the public for free. It has seven cars, and runs twice a day, at 7:10am and 2:35pm respectively. The train retained its primitive state: on the train, there is no air-conditioners, no curtains, no carts stuffed with food ... A ride on this train is an excellent trip into the past of Hangzhounese.
Mantou Mountain Community (馒头山社区)
Mantou Mountain Community is located at the foot of Phoenix Mountain. The community is a walking museum of old Hangzhou. Here in the community, the old lifestyle of Hangzhounese is well demonstrated. In summer, you’d see several people sit in front of their house to enjoy the cool: women are holding their children in one hand and swaying cattail-leaf fans in the other; topless men are drinking beer together and boys with tanned skin are shooting the pool. You can even choose a noodle restaurant to try eating right on the street. It's a quite different experience.
Prince Bay Park
For its picturesque scenery, the place was chosen to be the burial place of two princes during Southern Song Dynasty era (1127-1279), later, developed into a park and named Prince Bay Park. The park is a sea of flowers and extremely popular for its cherry blossoms and tulip beds, the latter of which were imported from Netherlands. Many couples choose the park as a venue to shoot their wedding pictorials and girls posing in white wedding gowns and traditional red Chinese wedding dresses with their grooms add color to the park.
Tangqi Ancient Town (塘栖古镇)
Located in Jiangnan, south of Yangtze River, Tangqi Ancient Town was originally built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Since the Yuan Dynasty, the town has been the gathering place of wealthy businessmen and during the Ming (1368－1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1912), Tangqi became one of the richest towns in China, topping the list of ‘Ten Famous Towns in Jiangnan’. Despite years of isolation, the town retained its original state, with traditions and ancient edifices remaining well preserved.
Yanggong Causeway is renowned as one of "Three Causeways of West Lake" along with Su Causeway, Bai Causeway. Compared with the two causeways, Yanggong Causeway is relatively quiet and less crowded. In the middle of Yanggong Causeway is located Maojiabu. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Maojiabu was covered with crouch grass and was the port where pilgrim heading to Lingyin Temple landed after crossing West Lake. For these, it's then aptly named "Maojiabu" with "mao" refers to “crouch grass” in Chinese and "bu" means "port".
Liangzhu Cultural Village (良渚文化村)
About 16 kilometers away from downtown Hangzhou, Liangzhu Cultural Village boasts the birthplace of Liangzhu Culture. Unlike most historical sites in the world, the place still has people residing there. The Liangzhu Culture Museum, within the village, narrates the rise of a glorious Chinese civilization from about 5,000 years ago. The unique landscape- verdant hills and plains crisscrossed by rivers, is another highlight of the area.