Autumn, a season full of warmth and color, sways its magic brush and in doing so paints Tonglu County with a golden glow. Besides the numerous colorful scenes scattered in and around Hangzhou, Tonglu’s unique water and mountain landscape and historical village, at this time of year, also attract those from afar.
In such a pleasant season with views similar to those in a Chinese landscape painting, Tonglu can also offer you many ways in which to keep fit. So, make note of the following and then you too can exercise your way through Tonglu.
Tonglu is mountainous and with ranges of different heights and features all of these make wonderful places for climbing, the most noted are Daqi Mountain, Tian Zi Di and Bai Yun Yuan.
Daqi Mountain (大奇山)
Over 600 meters in altitude, Daqi is the perfect combination of a water, mountain and plain landscape and is widely recognized as the ‘No. 1 Mountain in Jiangnan Region’. Daqi is renowned for its wide variety of undulating mountains with gentle slopes, peculiar-shaped rocks, deep canyons, crystal-clear streams and thundering waterfalls and by walking through its dense forests, crossing its shaky rope bridges over crystal-clear streams it would be hard not to get fit here.
Tian Zi Di (天子地)
Tian Zi Di is the legendary birthplace of the first emperor of the Southern Dynasty (420-589). The place consists of four sections, a folk custom zone, an eco-environment zone, an underground karst cave zone and a mountaintop view zone.
Whether you choose to enter the Tianzi Village which is rich in Ming and Qing Dynasty style architecture or climb high to enjoy the natural wonder ‘two dragons playing games with water’ or explore its mysterious underground karst cave, either way you will always be at one with nature.
Bai Yun Yuan (白云源)
Bai Yun Yuan (literally translated: the Origin of White Cloud) is located right beside Fuchun River – the Fuyang section of Qiantang River. Differing from Daqi Mountain and Tian Zi Di, Bai Yun Yuan is cliffy with its mountain rising vertically from 30 meters to 1245.5 meters and is really only for the brave hearted.
Luci Village (芦茨村)
Even though the third Fuchun River Village Slow-pace Life Experiencing Festival (in which jogging was one of its themes) is not running anymore you can, however, still head direct to the village and jog to your own heart’s content.
In Luci you can jog along winding paths in between crop fields whilst enjoying the autumnal views of Tonglu or can take it a step further and run along ancient streets and lanes inside the village where you are surrounded by historical residential houses, crafts such as creative paper-cutting or woodcutting and teahouses serving freshly brewed Luci black tea.
The sun is shining and the autumn wind is just right. In such good weather, it is a good idea to travel back in time in the Hangzhou Confucius Temple. Here, you can cultivate your mind and soul. In the temple, tablets can be seen everywhere, positioning people instantly in the ancient seat of learning in the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. Here, you can stop and appreciate the ancient moss-covered stone tiles, which seems to narrate the thousands-of-year history of the Confucius Temple.