Hangzhou, apart from its gorgeous landscape of West Lake, boasts also the over-one-thousand-year Grand Canal (Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal). The Grand Canal is the oldest and longest canal in the world. In ancient times, this age-old Grand Canal played an essential role in the economic and cultural communication between Northern China and Southern China. It is the Grand Canal that made Hangzhou world-famous. This glorious history left a large number of historic relics along the canal. Today, the Grand Canal is still serving its role as the link. Ships loaded with goods passing by perfectly combine the past with the present.
Transportation Water bus From Wulinmen Wharf (武林门码头) to Gongchenqiao Wharf (拱宸桥码头) Fare: CNY 3
Attractions: Gongchen Bridge (拱宸桥) There are many ancient bridges along the Grand Canal, while Gongchen Bridge is the highest and longest one. Standing firmly over the Grand Canal for over three hundred years, this stone three-arch bridge is still in use and remains as charming as before.
China Grand Canal Museum (中国运河博物馆) Bordering on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal in the west, China Grand Canal Museum covers a total area of 42,910 square meters. In this museum, one can know the past and the present Grand Canal well, and gets a nice view of the Grand Canal, the bridges, boats and wharfs.
Jiangshu Railway Park (江墅铁路公园) Jiangshu Railway is the first railway in Zhejiang Province. The park is built on the original site of the terminus of Jiangshu Railway — Gongchenqiao Station (拱宸桥站). The Park is available from Wednesday to Sunday.
China Umbrella Museum (伞博物馆) China Umbrella Museum is the only umbrella museum in the world. In China, especially in Jiangnan area, the umbrella is far more than a tool, but a carrier of culture. The museum all-inclusively shows the culture, history of umbrellas and folklores related with umbrellas. Visitors can also participate in making umbrellas.
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.