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)
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)
Qiandao Lake in summer has many to offer and to enjoy the coolness of water in the lake and mountain streams are must-have. We did a thorough research ahead of time and hereby have collected a complete water fun guide of Qiandao Lake for you! Read on to learn more...
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.