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The Summer’s Rising Stars… 2017-06-27
Summer, known for its sweltering heat, is also the time for us to witness a number of rising stars.  Growing up fast from a number of Hangzhou’s parks are an array of colourful flowers and plants that, before it gets too hot, are here to keep you firmly rooted.


Prince Bay Park (太子湾公园)

With the West Lake Music Festival still hot in people’s minds, Prince Bay Park has already put on another show entitled blossoming Chinese roses.

Prince Bay Park was once the chosen burial place for two princes of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) but is now a floral bed for blankets of seasonal flowers. Even though the tulip exhibition, a popular attraction for 20 years, has since been moved to Huiyin Korean Temple, Prince Bay Park can once again glow in the heat - in a sea of China’s Roses.

This year many new species of rose have been introduced and with a rainbow of colours on show they form a colourful mosaic, attracting both the sunlight and a number of visitors from around the world.
Add: No.5-1, Nanshan Road (南山路5-1号)
Ticket: Free
Transportation: No.31, 4, 315 and Y2 Bus


Jiangyangfan Eco Park (江洋畈)

Jiangyangfan Eco Park is similar to Xixi National Wetland Park in that you can be at one with nature. However whereas Xixi National Wetland Park is a natural wetland, Jiangyangfan Eco Park only came into life after six years of being the home for all of the West Lake’s silt. However with a number of seeds having sprouted over the years - this park is now packed with willow trees and wetland plants. A number of new plants were also introduced into Jiangyangfan Eco Park which includes corn poppy, calliopsis and German Iris.
Add: West of Eight Diagrams Field (八卦田西侧)
Ticket: Free
Transportation: No. 39, 42, 62, and 4 Bus


Wansong Academy (万松书院)

Wansong Academy, an ancient academy of education, is also a public park and now home to an exhibition of over 80 herbs and edible flowers. The flowers on display include familiar ones such as lotus, lily, rose, osmanthus and cherry blossom as well as summer flowers like hibiscus and gardenia. Four exhibition zones are set out according to taste: sourness, sweetness, bitterness and spiciness.
Add: No. 81, Wansongling Road (万松岭路81号)
Time: May 25 to June 23
Hours: 7:30-17:30
Ticket: 10 RMB
Transportation: No.102 Bus
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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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