Hangzhou is famous for its seasonal scenes with spring being known for its colourful array of flowers and abundance of green Longjing leaves. Longjing tea, whose literal-translation is Dragon Well tea, is not only known for its green colour and aromatic flavour but is also recognized for its row upon row of rolling tea fields and the China National Tea Museum.
One of the‘Top Ten Views of West Lake’ and ranked as one of the ‘Top Three West Lake Springs’, Dragon Well is hidden amid dense forest of Phoenix Hill off the southern shores of the West Lake.
Legend has it that the area got its name from a well that supposedly contains relatively dense water which after the rain the runoff carves through the soil, twisting down the hills in a formation that resembles a dragon. Others believe that in ancient times during droughts local people would visit the well to pray for rain and when the rain came this made people believe that a dragon must live there (In Chinese culture, dragon is worshipped as the god of rain). Also when stirred with a stick, the well’s water forms ripples in the likeness of a dragon’s beard.
According to the locals there are three must-dos in Dragon Well: appreciate the ripples of the Dragon Well, drink its spring water and sip a cup of Longjing’s finest. The well’s nearby teahouse, converted from a 1050-year-old Buddhist temple and set in a beautiful grove of bamboo, pine and wisteria,is a popular place for enjoying Hangzhou’s finest green brew.
China National Tea Museum
For those with a thirst for history and culture, surrounded by verdant mountains, blankets of green tea leaves, trickling streams and tranquil ponds, is the China National Tea Museum.
Located in Shuangfeng Village (双峰村) southwest of the West Lake is this national museum which over 7,000 sq m showcases a bewildering display of tea ranging from black to green, white to dark and from Yunnan brick to Fujian oolong. Consisting of four separate buildings, the first is dedicated to the history of tea cultivation, customs and ceramic tea-sets. The second is for academic use, the third features six tea rooms of different styles and offers visitors the opportunity to sample a variety of teas and the fourth building is devoted to the art of tea ceremonies.
Early Spring at Meijiawu Village
Meijiawu Tea Village, with over 600 years of history, is located in a valley in the western part of the West Lake Scenic Area. It is the biggest natural village and is also where the world-famous West Lake Dragon Well Tea is produced. Besides its exceptional tea and tea culture, Meijiawu Village is also renowned for its idyllic scenery which can seldom be seen in today’s urbanised society. Witnessing women in bamboo hats, carrying bamboo baskets and chatting while picking springs finest tea is definitely one of China’s most thirst quenching scenes.
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In order to improve the high-speed railway connection system and promote the construction of scenic areas in the whole region, Qiandao Lake opened its direct tourist buses to rural scenic areas on July 1. That is to say, people who are at the Qiandao Lake High-Speed Railway Station can take these buses directly to such rural scenic areas as the Xiajiang Village Scenic Area, the Shilin Scenic Area and the Jiangjia Scenic Area. These three routes pass through Fengshuling Town, Lishang Township, Shilin Town, Jieshou Village and Jiangjia Town. It will be more convenient for tourists to reach these scenic areas.