Once again Hangzhou has welcomed in its San Fu Tian (三伏天) known as the hottest period of summer - so rather than hiding away in an air-conditioned room why not beat the heat in the city's many cultural and cooler than cool places. Read on to learn more…
Surrounding the city's glistening masterpiece are multiple roads and causeways shaded by dense and luscious green trees which accompanied with the water's breeze makes strolling along and visiting any one of the many waterfront tea-houses, restaurants or museums one of the coolest picks.
How to get there: take subway line No. 1 and get off at the station of Longxiang Bridge (long xiang qiao: 龙翔桥)
Thousand-islet Lake (Qiandao Lake), named after its thousand of islets in the lake, has the most islets in the world. With the lake’s gentle breeze boarding one of its tourist boats to cruise the lake is the perfect way to beat the summer heat. If you are not afraid of getting wet then head to one of its eight rafting venues where you can appreciate the cooler waters even more.
How to get there: There are buses to Thousand-islet Lake available from Hangzhou West Bus Station, Bus Station of Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hangzhou Coach Center, Wushan Square, Hangzhou South Bus Station and Xiaoshan International Airport.
White Dragon Pool
Situated in Tongwu Village the White Dragon Pool Scenic Area is nature’s oxygen bar within Hangzhou’s suburb. Inside the scenic area you will find the highest water fall in Hangzhou which, over 50 meters high, cascades directly down from a mountain top. The water from the waterfall zigzags its way through the valley and spreads itself across the entire scenic area bringing a cool and pleasurable air with it. The average temperature of the scenic area is 4 to 5 degree centigrade lower than that of down town Hangzhou and the shade created by the surrounding dense forests is another blessing to beat the stifling summer heat.
How to get there: Take bus No. 504 to Zhuantang Town (转塘镇) and then transfer to a minibus to get to the scenic area.
Tianmu Mountain, which is blessed with an average temperature of 25 degree centigrade even in the hottest days, is a must visit for those with a soft spot for mountain views and with its gentle breezes passing you by you will certainly feel on top of the summer's heat.
How to get there: Drive along Hangzhou – Anhui Highway (杭徽高速) and exit at Zaoxi (藻溪). Then turn right and drive along Zaotian (藻天) Road for another 14 km.
Xin’an River in Jiande is renowned for its water temperature maintaining 17 degree centigrade all year round and it is the No. 1 choice when it comes to places to tackle the summer heat. Both the Xin'an River hydropower station – the first Chinese self-design and self-build hydropower station and the No. 1 Eco Drifting in Zhejiang – Calabash Canyon Drifting, as well as Lingxi Cave, with a temperature ranging from 14 to 17 degree centigrade, can all be found here.
How to get there: Drive Hangxinjing Highway (杭新景) and exit at the junction of Jiande and drive for another 108 km.
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.