Whether it is from Ruyijian Peak to Jiuquhongmei Ancient Road or up the Lingshan Mountain Scenic Area, mountain climbing is both a relaxing and exploratory way to enjoy nature at its best. So for a relaxing trip this summer then get your hiking boots on and explore the following...
Lingshan Scenic Area
Lingshan Scenic Area is characterized with karst caves, water, clouds and waterfalls and is heralded as the “West Lake No.1 Cave Area”. Surrounded by mountains and featuring serene environment, dense forest and fresher than fresh air, the scenic area is dubbed as “the fairyland” by West Lake. Jiuquhongmei Tea, one of the Ten Teas in China, also grows here.
Lingshan Scenic Area consists of Lingshan Cave, Spring Cave, Wind Water Cave and Konglikong Cave and another 24 karst caves. With steep and spectacular mountains and flowers in full bloom the scenery is truly welcoming.
Lingshan Cave has a history of over 1500 years and compared to other caves, it is like a deep well with a height difference of 109 meters. Covering an area of 4000 square meters, Lingshan Cave consists of five halls and each one features a number of rock formations of different shapes. Some are like flowers and some like fruits and there are also animal shapes such as tigers and rabbits. Out of the five halls, the Colorful Silks and Satins, Open Hall and Palace, Jade Lotus and Flying Falls are the most noteworthy.
Lingshan Cave is located in Xihu District of Hangzhou which is approximately 15 kilometers from downtown. The Yunquan Cave and cliffs are still glowing with the rock inscriptions by Zu Wuze, who was the prefecture chief of Hangzhou in the Song Dynasty. Famous poets of the Tang and Song Dynasty like Bai Juyi, Fan Zhongyan, Zhu Xi have all been and left behind them a large number of historical remains.
How to get there
Take Bus No. 510 (Youdian Road → Ruyi Peak) and get off at Lingshan Cave.
Operation time: every 40 minutes from 7am to 4pm.
The bus departs from Youdian Road at 7:00am, 8:20am, 9:50am, 12:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm.
The bus departs from Lingshan Cave at 8:00am, 9:20am, 10:50am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
The “South Yangtze River Ecological Tea Garden” also known as Shuangling Village is located in Lingshan Scenic Area. Only 20 km from Hangzhou downtown and you can be in this small mountain village with emerald green hills and crystal clear waters. To the southeast it borders Lingshan Cave and the Wind Water Cave and to the southwest it embraces the mountains of Fuyang, whilst to the north it borders Cunkou Village of Zhuantang Community, West Lake District. The forest is about 4900 mu and the village's main industry is tea.
The village's specialty tea, Jiuquhongmei, is also called Jiuqu Oolong and it is recorded of having a history of more than 100 years. It is the only black tea brand of the Ten Teas of Zhejiang and the production technique has even been enlisted into the First Group of Intangible Heritages of Hangzhou.
The highest peak of Hangzhou city, Ruyijian Peak, is also in the village and with an altitude of 537 meters it is twice as high as the Southern Peak. There is also the largest Reservoir in West Lake District - Banbishan Reservoir where the water reflects the hills magnificently.
Jiuquhongmei Tea is praised for its brightness and fragrant aroma and is known for aiding the development of Shuangling Village as the South Yangtze River Ecological Tea Village. It is not only the production place of tea but also an ideal place for traveling. The village's Yexiu Ceramics Art Museum is very popular among both art and tea lovers as here you can smell the owner's freshly prepared tea, feel the ceramics, watch an old movie in the artistic guesthouse yard, bake western-style pastry in the flower house and taste tea in the gardens.
How to get there
Take bus No. 4, 39, 103, 189, 190, 202, 280, 287, 308, 318, 324, 334, 354, 510, 514a , 514b, 514, 1400 to the bus stop of Nine Creeks (九溪: jiu xi) and transfer to bus No. 510 to the bus stop of Shuangling Villagers’ Committee (双灵村委: shuang ling cun wei).
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.