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Hangzhou – the Most Charming City Through Expatriates' Eyes 2019-01-02
As the 14th China International Talents Communication Conference draws to a close, ‘the Ten Most Charming Chinese Cities Through Expatriates’ Eyes’ for 2015 have been announced and Hangzhou once again has made the list. This is the sixth time for Hangzhou but this time Hangzhou ranks third just after the capital - Beijing and the international metropolis - Shanghai. This list is entirely voted by expatriates through the Internet or given questionnaires.

According to investigation, among all the wonderful attractions in Hangzhou, the top three spots foreigners like to visit in Hangzhou are West Lake, Lingyin Temple, and Xixi National Wetland Park.

West Lake

Favored both in history and present day, the UNESCO world heritage site, West Lake tops the list and the credit goes to both its picture-postcard scenery and its historical and cultural heritages.

West Lake is extremely large and surrounded by mountains on its three sides and the fourth by the city itself. There are many things to do around the lake; for instance, cruising on the lake while sipping a cup of Longjing green tea before landing on one of the mid-lake islets, or touring around the lake in an e-car, which passes by major attractions around the lake, and from which you can get off whenever you feel like to pay one of them a visit, or renting a public bicycle to dig into every corner of the lake, or just strolling along Bai Causeway, Su Causeway, Beishan Road or Nanshan Road to experience the different charms of these roads and view the West Lake from a different angle.

Admission Fee: Free

Lingyin Temple

Since ancient times, Hangzhou has been widely acclaimed as the Buddhist center of southeastern China for its large number of Buddhist temples built by eminent monks from both home and abroad, and its profound Buddhist culture. Among all the Buddhist temples in Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple is one of the most famous.

Lingyin Temple is a great experience for travelers who are into Chinese and Buddhist art and history. The temple complex consists of nine buildings built on an axis stretching all the way up the Lingyin Hill. There, you can marvel at its great architecture, such as the largest wooden Buddhist statue in China - the 2-meter-high statue of Shakyamuni carved out of camphor wood and coated in 60 taels of gold, or the Five Hundred Arhats featuring different expressions and gestures etc.

Admission Fee: 45 RMB (Lingyin Scenic Area) plus 30 RMB (Lingyin Temple)

Xixi National Wetland Park

Called ‘Three Xi’s of Hangzhou’ (an abbreviation for three landmark attractions in Hangzhou) along with West Lake (Xihu) and Xiling Seal-engravers’ Society, Xixi National Wetland Park is highlighted for its diversified landscapes and wildlife. The place is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life to be at one with nature. Blessed with an extremely good eco-environment, it features Huazhao Festival which entwines the beauty of flowers with the time-honored tradition in spring, fierce Dragon Boat competitions in summer, water birds flying about just above the reed-fringed creeks, lakes and pools in autumn, and flame-red plum blossom in winter. The best way to tour Xixi it is by boat.

Admission Fee: 80 RMB
Boat Ticket: 65 RMB
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