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Rapeseed – A Blanket of Gold 2017-06-27
Rapeseed or rape, as it is also known, is a bright-yellow flowering member of the mustard family. It is consumed in China for its stalks, leaves and flowers and is also cultivated for its oil seeds. Known for its vibrant yellow appearance it has caught the eye of many locals and visitors and has recently grown to become one of the nation’s most popular ornamental flowers. The plant, bearing little yellow flowers, is usually grown in large numbers and when the flowers are in full bloom they appear to form a blanket of gold over China’s rural beds, which is a spectacular sight that simply has to be seen.

The following are some of the best locations in which to view the rapeseed plant in Hangzhou:


Eight Diagrams Field

Eight Diagrams Field, named after its resemblance to Eight Diagrams in Chinese culture, is divided into eight sections where in each section grows a different crop. This spring the outer circle of the field, which totals 17 mu (1mu roughly equals to 666 sq m), is dominated by a sea of bright yellow rapeseed flowers and visitors can view this golden creation in two different ways. Whether you choose to get up close to the field itself or climb for a panoramic view 30 minutes up to Zilai Cave (紫来洞), half way up Jade Emperor Mountain, either way, what awaits you is a scene bursting in charm and colour.


Hongyuan Garden in Xixi National Wetland Park

The rapeseed in Hongyuan Garden is planted in the design of a maze so whichever path you take getting lost in a sea of yellow is a wonderful way to spend any part of your day. The best time to visit is in late March when the rape flowers in Hongyuan Garden will, for approximately one month, be in full bloom. In addition to this colourful adventure, from March 21 to May 3 there will be a Spring Garden Party where you can also appreciate the sounds of Kunqu Opera (one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera and one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO).


Xuling Village

Xuling (胥岭) is a mountain village in Jiande, a county-level City in Hangzhou and is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains that are dominated by terrace fields. When spring comes multi-layered terrace fields are scattered with golden rapeseed and green rice plants together with pinky plum and peach blossom dominate the picturesque scene – shining as beautiful as a colourful water-colour painting. The view is enhanced, even further, by the ancient village and its many hundred year old camphor trees that orderly line in front of the villages’ houses. After the rain, the mountains and village are enveloped by a misty smoke leaving behind them the most impressive views around. In addition, you can explore natural karst caves in the mountains.
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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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