Here Comes the Rain – but Hangzhou has it Covered…
Hangzhou’s rainy season, which is also locally known as Plum Rain Season because plums ripen during the rainy season, is finally upon us. During Plum Rain Season Hangzhou is predominantly characterized by heavy precipitation and cloudy skies but regardless of how wet it is Hangzhou has it covered and offers a host of places for you to explore.
Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum (南宋官窑博物馆)
Situated to the south of the West Lake the Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum covers a floor area of 15,000 square meters and a building area encompassing 4,364 square meters. Built over the remains of the Jiaotanxia Official Kiln it is the first of its kind to display pottery and porcelain. The Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum was opened to the public in 1992 and was expanded in 2002 and now the museum displays the products of the official kilns of Southern Song Dynasty, highlighting their charms and delicate beauty. It has been praised as one of the "Outstanding Examples of Contemporary Zhejiang Museums”.
China Sigillography Museum is the first professional sigillography museum founded by the Xiling Seal-engravers' Society (the oldest, most successful and influential folk art association which serves as a wonderful place to study engraving, painting and calligraphy.) The museum serves the function of documentation collection, historical relics display and academic exchange. Strong academic ambience and picturesque natural scenery make the museum the national-level garden-like museum that it is. Located within the old site of the Xiling Seal-engravers' Society, the main building of the museum covers an area of 1300 sq m and since its opening in 1999 it has welcomed over tens of thousands of visitors.
It includes nine showrooms which display imperial seals, epigraphic art, painting and calligraphy, sigillographic art, seal stone, Wu Changshuo's works and the history of Xiling. The rare historical relics and art treasures in China Sigillography Museum total more than 500 and 300 hundred pieces respectively.
Located on the outskirts of Hangzhou Liangzhu Museum, established in 1994, dedicates itself to displaying the ‘Liangzhu Culture’, an influential school of ancient Chinese culture that prevailed at the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the late Neolithic Period around 4,000 to 5,300 years ago. Set against rustic surroundings this museum harmoniously blends itself into its surroundings and with a number of rich collections has often been compared to a ‘treasure trove’.
The museum mainly serves as a testament to the fact that China has a history and civilization of at least 5000 years and with a number of innovative and technological displays, the museum actively aids the way for visitors to watch, touch, play and learn all about one of China’s magnificent ancient cultures.
Address:No.1, Meilizhou Road, Hangzhou (杭州市美丽洲路1号)
Admission Fee: Free
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.