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Away from the Heat — Hangzhou Hot Attractions in Summer Ⅱ 2017-06-27
Lingshan Cave (灵山洞)
 
Lingshan Cave is the nearest desirable place to spend a summer day from downtown Hangzhou. There you can marvel at the masterpiece of the nature and enjoy the cool at the same time. It’s way better than staying in an air-conditioned room. Tea is available in nearby teahouse in case that you are thirsty. You can also bring along food and tents to have a camp trip, where in company with the intoxicating fragrance of wild flowers and the chirping of birds, you can let go of your mind, fully enjoying the fun the nature brings.


Address:
Lingshan Village (灵山村) of Zhoupu Village (周浦乡) along 320 National Highway


Transportation:

Take No.318 bus in Wulin Square (武林广场), No.308 or No.189 in Kaiyuan Road (开元路), No.504 in Longxiang Bridge (龙翔桥) and transfer to No.510 in Dazhu Bridge (大诸桥)


Zilai Cave in Jade Emperor Hill (玉皇山紫来洞)

The Zilai Cave half way up Jade Emperor Hill is definitely the god-given place to stay away from the heat. The cool of Zilai Cave is known-to-all. One can feel the cool breeze caressing the face, even ten meters away. The temperature at the cave entrance is only 27 degrees centigrade. Inside Zilai Cave, there are three more caves of different depth. The further one goes, the lower the temperature is.

In addition, the scenery around Zilai Cave is second to none. Right in front of the cave, there is a garden of rockeries. Standing in the cave, one can also have a panoramic view of Eight Diagrams Field. Beside the cave, there is a teahouse having some ten tables laid orderly at the cave entrance. With a cup of tea in hand, you can leisurely spend your whole day there chatting or playing Mahjong with the locals.


Address:
No.1, Yuhuangshan (玉皇山: Jade Emperor Hill) Road, Xihu District (西湖区玉皇山路1号)


Admission Fee:
CNY 10


Transportation:
Take No.Y3, No.139 to the stop of Yuhuangfeiyun (玉皇飞云站: the stop of Clouds Scurrying over Jade Emperor Hill), or take No.12, No.Y9 to the stop of Sichou Bowuguan (丝绸博物馆站: China Silk Museum)


Shang Tianzhu (上天竺)


The tourist walk in Shang Tianzhu is parallel to Meiling North Road (梅灵北路). It's a shady path hidden in dense forests, stretching from Xia Tianzhu (下天竺) to Shang Tianzhu (上天竺). Running side by side with a shallow and gurgling stream, one can play in the cool water barefoot. Tianzhu is the holy place of Buddhism, and one can have a vegetarian meal in one of these temples.


Address: No. 239, Shang Tianzhu Road, Xihu District (西湖区上天竺239号)
Transportation: Take No.Y4 to the stop of Shang Tianzhu (上天竺站).
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