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Follow the G20 Ladies’ Footsteps and Tour Hangzhou 2019-05-20
When the leaders of the Group of Twenty were dealing with international affairs their ladies were visiting Hangzhou’s most famous places - experiencing the history, culture and hospitality of the city.

To follow the footsteps of the ladies of the G20 a tour of Hangzhou will surely set you on the right track. See their itineraries below.

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple, also known as Yunlin (literally means cloud and forest) Temple, was built in 326 during the Chinese Eastern Jin Dynasty and was recognized as one of the “Five Mountains of Jiangnan Zen”. The temple was built by an eminent Indian Monk named Huili who was attracted by the serene environment and marvelous mountains and forests and who also thought it was the perfect place for immortal beings to live in seclusion, hence the name Lingyin (Soul’s Retreat). During the period of Wuyue State of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907 – 960), Lingyin Temple was expanded two times which has since resulted in nine buildings, 18 pavilions and 72 halls with over 1300 rooms and over 3000 monks. Buildings and sculptures inside the temple now are of great art value and what is also worth mentioning is the 19-meter-tall wood statue of Sakyamuni.

China National Silk Museum

Silk culture is a most dazzling culture in Chinese history and Hangzhou, and for its time-honored history and unrivaled technique in producing silk the city is reputed as the “Home of Silk”. To know all about this ancient Chinese masterpiece then the China National Silk Museum, located near the West Lake, should be top of your agenda. The museum is the first professional silk museum in China and the largest in the entire world.

West Lake


West Lake is the landmark of Hangzhou and is highlighted with enchanting scenery, infused with history and culture, and is one of the few lakes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only one to have this honor in China.

China National Tea Museum


Tea is the national drink of China and Hangzhou is world famous for its scented Longjing Green variety and home to the national-level China National Tea Museum. Currently the China National Tea Museum has two branches, Shuangfeng branch and Longjing Branch. Both branches feature a great environment that is surrounded by luscious greenery and mountains. The Shuangfeng branch showcases the time-honored and colorful tea culture from aspects like "History of Tea", "Tea Drinking Customs", "Art of Tea Sets", "Collection of Chinese Renowned Teas" and "Tea and Health." Longjing branch, however, is more international and focuses on tea varieties from all over the world. Here, visitors are able to see over 100 tea varieties from 15 countries, which is unrivaled in the world.  

Hefang Street

Lying at the foot of Wushan Hill, Hefang Street is one of the few streets still demonstrating the well preserved history and lifestyle of Hangzhou, and is also an indispensable part of the UNESCO World Heritage – West Lake Scenic Area. Along this street one will spot various art hawkers, painters, storytellers, old-fashioned souvenir shops, teahouses and food stalls.

Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

According to Chinese History, Hu Xueyan was a very famous official and businessman and was said to have the same amount of money as the emperor. Until today one can still see the vault inside his mansion in which he used to keep all of his money. The Former Residence of Hu Xueyan was constructed in 1872 and took three years to complete. The mansion is a perfect example of Chinese traditional architecture infused with western architectural elements. The Former Residence of Hu Xueyan is rectangular in shape and covers an area of 7200 sq m with a construction area of 5815 sq m. From its grand architecture to the delicate furniture inside, the mansion really lives up to its reputation as “No. 1 Mansion of the Chinese Tycoon of the Late Qing Dynasty”.

Hu Qing Yu Tang Pharmacy

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmacy was founded in 1874 by Hu Xueyan and was reputed as the “King of Chinese Traditional Medicine in Jiangnan Region”. The architecture of Hu Qing Yu Tang Pharmacy is the best preserved late Qing business type building complex in China and seen from a bird’s eye view the pharmacy resembles a crane (symbol of longevity in Chinese culture) resting at the foot of Wushan Hill. Grand architecture, delicate engravings and its unique way of running business make it a healthy option on any guided tour.

Hangzhou Botanical Garden


Hangzhou Botanical Garden, open in 1956, is one of the scientific study organizations for Chinese domesticating alien species. Currently, there are nine exhibition zones and four experiencing zones. It houses one of the most comprehensive flora species in town and draws citizens here with its blooming seasonal flowers.

Jiebai Shopping Mall

Jiebai is a long-standing Chinese enterprise with a history of over a hundred years. The shopping mall enjoys an advantageous location for it’s just a stone’s throw away from the West Lake and is the architectural landmark of the Hubin Business Area.

Weizhuang Restaurant

Weizhuang Restaurant is a garden style, lake view restaurant established by the renowned and age-old restaurant brand – Zhi Wei Guan. The one situated at Yanggong Causeway lures many for its palatable dishes and advantageous location on Yanggong Causeway near the West Lake. Specialties of the restaurant include Crab Steamed in Orange, West Lake Carp in Sweet and Sour Sauce.

The Itineraries of the G20 ladies
1.    First lady of Argentina
China National Silk Museum – Lingyin Temple ¬¬¬- Hefang Street – China National Tea Museum (Longjing Branch) – Cycling around the West Lake
2. First lady of Turkey
Strolled through “Orioles Singing in the Willows” – Gui Yu Shan Fang Restaurant – Lingyin Temple – China National Tea Museum – Former Residence of Hu Xueyan – Hu Qing Yu Tang – Hefang Street – China National Silk Museum – Workship Demonstration Pavilion – China Silk Market – the Broken Bridge
3. Wife of President of the European Council
Hangzhou Botanical Garden – China National Tea Museum – Hefang Street – Hu Qing Yu Tang Pharmacy
4. First Lady of Laos
China National Tea Museum – Strolled along the West Lake near Xinxin Hotel
5. Wife of Prime Minister of Singapore
Hangzhou Cuisine Museum – Strolled along the West Lake (from the Long Bridge to Xihu Liuyin Hotel)
6. Wife of Secretary General of the United Nations
Hangzhou Botanical Garden – Lingyin Temple – China Silk Museum – Weizhuang Restaurant – Lingyin Temple – Jiebai Shopping Mall – Hefang Street – China National Silk Museum
7. Wife of Director – General of International Labor Organization
Lingyin Temple – Former Residence of Hu Xueyan
8. First lady of Indonesia
Alibaba in Xixi
9. First lady of Mexico
Xiangji Temple – the MIXC (enjoyed a meal in Ding Tai Feng)
10. Wife of Prime Minister of Thailand
Lingyin Temple – Former Residence of Hu Xueyan
11. Wife of Prime Minister of Canada
Enjoyed a meal in BOROX SALAD – China National Silk Museum – Wulin Road – Hangzhou Tower Shopping Mall – Enjoyed a meal in Weizhuang Restaurant – cycled along Su Causeway – China National Tea Museum – Viewed Fish in Flower Pond – Hefang Street – Lingyin Temple
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