Even though spring has not yet sprung, Hangzhou on the other hand is already sprouting brightly-colored flowers amidst a green and luscious landscape. To fully appreciate the city’s true beauty at this time of the year, then, simply leap into spring and explore some of the season’s best known sights. Around Hangzhou there are many suitable places for such an activity especially around the West Lake. Read on to learn more …
Eight Views of Longjing (龙井八景)
Nestled in a valley northeast of Longjing Temple this attraction borders Longjing Road on the northwest, stretches southeastwards to the foot of the Southern Peak (南高峰) and connects the West Lake Scenic Area to the north. It can be accessed along Longjing Road.
The Eight Views of Longjing gained their fame for being favored by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty who had visited the place four times - each time writing poems to show his praise.
With its advantageous location, the Eight Views of Longjing is blessed with relatively warmer weather than other places which also accounts for its early blooming peach blossom.
In addition to peach blossom the plum blossom here are also in great shape. If you are interested in viewing plum blossom, away from the madding crowds, then the Eight Views of Longjing is a blooming marvelous choice.
Take bus No. 27 or 87 to the bus stop of Nan Tian Zhu (南天竺)
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From the Eight Views of Longjing visit Longjing Teahouse along the winding mountain path. Longjing Teahouse is housed inside a Siheyuan (Chinese quadrangle) and boasts of fragrant Longjing Green Tea and palatable Hangzhou dishes.
Jiangyangfan Eco-park (江洋畈生态公园)
Located in east of Hupao Road (虎跑路) and north of Fenghuangshan Road (凤凰山路) is Jiangyangfan Eco-park, the original dumping ground for the silt dredged from the West Lake. After being exposed to sunshine for six years, seeds and aquatic plants buried in the silt have risen to make Jiangyangfan a man-made wetland. Boasting of willows and hygrophytes as well as various types of wetland landscapes including swamps, lakes and pools, this Eco-park is also now home to a number of birds, fishes and amphibians and is definitely the place to be at one with nature.
Take bus No. Y3, 62 (K62), 42 and 20 (K20) to the bus stop of Hangzhou Ceramics Market (Tao Ci Ping Shi Chang: 陶瓷品市场) and then transfer to bus No. 139 to Jiangyangfan Eco-park.
Things to do Nearby: Hangzhou Cuisine Museum
Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi (云栖竹径)
Lying serenely at the southern foot of Wuyun Mountain (五云山), the Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi is one of the renowned ‘Top Ten Views of the West Lake’. The attraction is highlighted by horizontal green bamboo forests and towering ancient trees. Here you will find the majority of the oldest and largest trees in the West Lake Scenic Area and together with its fresher than fresh air it is no wonder that it has been named ‘nature’s oxygen bar in Hangzhou’.
Take bus No. 103, 324 and 658 to the bus stop of Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi (Yun Qi Zhu Jing: 云栖竹径)
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Ascend Wuyun Mountain and Langdang Peak to be at one with nature and have a panoramic view of the West Lake.
Former Residence of Hu Xueyan (胡雪岩故居)
The Former Residence of Hu Xueyan stands at the east area of Hefang Street and Dajingxiang Historic Protection Block (大井巷历史文化保护区). This magnificent construction was built in 1872 by the Chinese tycoon Hu Xueyan during the 11th year of Tongzhi’s reign of the Qing Dynasty.
Reputed as the No. 1 mansion of the Chinese tycoon its grandeur can be spotted in every detail, from the superbly crafted buildings and furniture to the materials used to build them. Covering 5800 sq m, the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan is packed with all kinds of architecture such as winding corridors and lanes, pavilions and towers, a garden with the largest natural karst cave in China, a pool and an opera stage. It is, in fact, similar to that of a life-size maze and without a guide one can easily lose their way here.
Besides its grand architecture, the culture and life-style of the late Qing Dynasty is also evident here.
Take bus No. 8, 13, 66, 71, 127, 189, 195, 198, 308, 315, 334, 352 and 801 to the bus stop of Drum Tower (Gu Lou: 鼓楼) or bus No. 71, 113, 127, 315, 327, 334 and 352 to the bus stop of the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan (Hu Xue Yan Gu Ju: 胡雪岩故居).
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Inside the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan there is the Ying Lian Yuan Teahouse (影怜院茶室) and also nearby are Hefang Street, Dajingxiang Historic Protection Block, Southern Song Dynasty Snack Street and Gaoyin Food Street.
China National Tea Museum
1 May 2015 was a big day for the China National Tea Museum which witnessed the addition of a sister tea museum, located in the Longjing Tea Plantation in the Longjing Area.
The two museums both concentrate on tea but each one focuses on different aspects of China’s much-loved commodity. In the old one – Shuangfeng branch, one can learn about Chinese tea culture, try hands at making red-ware used for making tea, view cherry blossom and taste West Lake Longjing Green Tea, while in the new one - Longjing branch, one can learn about the world’s tea culture, enjoy mountain climbing and sightseeing as well as shop for some tasty teas in its many themed tea shops. No matter which museum you choose, both will leave your thirsty for more.
1. Take bus No. 27 and 87 to the bus stop of Shuangfeng (双峰) and walk for about 330 meters to get to China National Museum – Shuangfeng branch
2. Take bus No. 27 and 87 to the bus stop of China National Tea Museum – Longjing branch (Cha Bo Long Jing Guan: 茶博龙井馆).
In Jiande, there is an ancient town that has experienced thousands of years of wind and rain. It has a beautiful name called Meicheng (Plum Blossom Town). Meicheng was the state town of the then Yanzhou and is now the county town of Jiande. It has a history of 1700 years.