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Hangzhou at Your Leisure… 2017-06-27
Hangzhou is known worldwide as a historical and cultural city with heavenly scenery but is also, in fact, home to a lot, lot more. Hailed the ‘Oriental Leisure City’ Hangzhou is widely recognized for its steady pace together with heaps of entertainment venues, restaurants, teahouses and hotels.

Hangzhou’s leisure culture has come a long way and it was in fact in the Southern Song Dynasty, (1127-1279) when Hangzhou served as the capital, that it was already noted as a heavenly city packed with all kinds of wine houses, teahouses, theaters and inns.

Since ancient times Hangzhou has illustrated its connection with leisure in many new ways. In 2006 it hosted the World Leisure Expo; in 2011 was honored ‘Ten Global Leisure Model City’ and in 2016 Hangzhou will host the 3rd World Leisure Expo. To experience Hangzhou at your leisure then the following two recommendations are entertainingly a great place to start.


Hangzhou Farmer Park

Hangzhou Farmer Park, also known as Zhejiang Agriculture Exposition Park, is located in Liangzhu - the birth place of China's farming culture. The park, a tourist attraction, creatively demonstrates farming culture in a fun way where snake-like paths take you on a rustic journey of enchanting farming scenery. The park also has several themed zones, such as Wonder Farmland, Harvest Carnival, Cartoon Scene Play and Interactive Entertainment.


By offering children a hands-on experience of what farm life is like and providing adults a break from the city’s hustle and bustle together, both can enjoy, at their leisure some of the city’s most hidden charms. Inside the park there are opportunities to engage in actual farming, operate a canoe, ride an ox cart, enjoy cartoon vegetables and fruits – the first of its kind in China and appreciate a song and dance performance by the twelve zodiac animals. In addition to the above one can even rent a piece of land where planting your own vegetables and fruits is farming at its best.


Address: Liangzhu Farm, Dongxi Avenue, Yuhang District (余杭区东西大道良渚农场)

Telephone: 86-571-88781275

Hangzhou Rotten Apple Park

Hangzhou Rotten Apple Park is an indoor high-tech parent-child amusement park that incorporates nearly one hundred world-class high-tech interactive entertainment projects as well as comprising of ten themed zones.

So with Pirate Street, Four Season Garden, Jellyfish Square, Deep Sea Square, Fruit Tribe, Absurd Town, the Cabin of Love Story, Magic Jungle, Candy Town, and Gold Coast at your leisure, Hangzhou Rotten Apple Park is guaranteed to spoil you rotten!

To awaken your senses there is also over 30,000 sq. m of indoor pleasure ground equipped with visual and audio entertainment facilities such as a virtual roller-coaster, an earthquake house and a magic train.


For a taste of something sweeter then ‘Crazy Fruits’, a stage play said to be on a par with Disney, is staged in the Deep Sea Theater. It is decorated with giant life-like artificial trees, long luscious green vines and over 1000 LED lights which, hanging from above, create the fantastic starry night scene.


Address: inside World Leisure Expo Park, No. 2555 Fengqing Avenue, Xiaoshan District (萧山区风情大道2555号休博园内)

Telephone: 86-571-82880333
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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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No.188, Fuchun Road, Hangzhou, China
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