Van Gogh, a 19th century Dutch artist, is recognized for his ‘Sunflowers’, one of the masterpieces which he became famous for and we recognize these glorious flowers for their large flower heads with bright yellow petals and dark colored centers.
Sunflowers, wherever they may be grown or displayed, are visually inspiring and bring those who witness them one step closer to a brighter future.
To idle in a sea of yellow sunflowers then visit three of Hangzhou’s university campuses which, dotted in and around town, will certainly add an academic charm to this golden viewing experience.
Pingfeng Campus of Zhejiang University of Technology (浙江工业大学屏峰校区)
Info: Situated to the east of the university library lies this 10-mu (1 mu roughly equals 666 sq m) sunflower field, where the flowers grown here have been imported from abroad and then hybridized in Inner Mongolia. September and October are the two best months to view the vibrant yellow flowers.
Add: No. 288, Liuhe Road, Liuxia Town (留下镇留和路288号)
Transportation: Take bus No. 310, 193 and J12 (only available at weekends) to the bus stop of Tou Shan Men (头山门) and then turn back for 100 meters to the west entrance of Zhejiang University of Technology.
Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Art (中国美院象山校区)
Info: Xiangshan Campus is located in the suburban area of Hangzhou - Zhuantang Town which is surrounded by a plateau of verdant mountains and crystal-clear waters. The design of the campus, using brick walls, stone walls and loam walls covered with plaster, aims to achieve harmony between its architecture and the environment. With nearly 8,000 square meters of sunflower fields, both student and visitors’ futures are guaranteed to feel brighter this autumn.
Add: No.352, Xiangshan Road, Zhuantang Street (转塘街道象山路352号)
Transportation: Take the bus of No. 109, 189, 279, 289, 308, 354, 510, 886 and 627 to the bus stop of Jiang Kou Cun (江口村)
Xiaoheshan Campus of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (浙江科技学院小和山校区)
Info: After entering the campus, turn left and you will be greeted by a golden carpet of sunflowers. There are 10 mu sunflower fields inside the campus and the flowering period lasts for 20 days.
Add: No. 318, Liuhe Road, Liuxia Town (留下镇留和路318号)
Transportation: Take the bus of No. 136, 193, K213, K310, K853 and J12 (only available at weekends) to the bus stop of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
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.