On August 18, Baoqing Villa, the over 108 year old Hangzhou residence and once the most luxury hotel in Hangzhou made a decision to serve its city in a more artistic way. The villa cum museum is now housing a collection of Hangzhou’s Chinese paintings and is open to the public and free of charge.
Hangzhou is known world-wide for its art culture and it is in this city that one can find a number of artistic avenues home to some great Chinese masterpieces.
Hangzhou Chinese Painting Art Museum
Add: No. 38 - 40, Beishan Road (北山街38-40号)
Info: The museum incorporates Chinese painting and traditional Chinese art such as calligraphy and seal-engraving.
Aug. 18 to Sep. 6
The invitation exhibition of Chinese paintings themed on ‘Beautiful Hangzhou’
Sep. 9 to Sep. 20
Exhibitions of poem, verse and calligraphy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression
Sep. 23 to Oct. 11
Chinese paintings themed on Lotus flowers and Sweet Osmanthus
Info: The museum which backs Wansong Peak and faces the West Lake was officially open to the public in 2009. It has exhibitions of different sizes and is one of the most modernized art museums in China.
Aug. 28 to Sep. 27
Modern Woodcuts collected by Zhejiang Art Museum
Aug. 26 to Sep. 6
An exhibition of pictures to celebrate the victory of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression and the anti-fascist war
Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; 12:00-17:00 on Mondays
Info: The gallery is located at the old site of the first national art institution of higher education – National Academy of Art and is close to ‘Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake’ one of the ‘Top Ten Views of West Lake’.
Paintings and Calligraphy by Huang Binhong
About Huang Binhong
Huang Binhong (1865 - 1955) was a modern artist noted for his landscape paintings and was equally adept in prose, calligraphy, epigraphy, and seal-cutting. At the age of 85 he moved to Hangzhou where he taught at the National Academy of Art.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.