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West Lake Scenic Area


With bordering hills on three sides and neighboring downtown Hangzhou on one side, West Lake forms the centerpiece of not only West Lake Scenic Area, but also Hangzhou. 
 
With a potpourri of islands, pavilions, villas, courtyards, boulevards, arched bridges, hills, parks, museums, shopping streets, boutique restaurants, monasteries, lagoons and tea plantations, West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench your thirst for the most authentic and amazing Chinese culture. To scratch the surface of West Lake Scenic Area, you can start from Top Ten Scenes and  New Top Ten Scenes, which are fine examples combining sublime natural beauty and rich cultural connotations.  


Where to Go
Top Ten Scenes of West Lake

Among them, Spring Dawn at Su Causeway (苏堤春晓), Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden (曲院风荷), Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake (平湖秋月) and Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge’s beauty (断桥残雪) can be appreciated all year round. Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow (雷锋夕照) and Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (三潭印月), as their names suggest, should be visited at sunset or on moonlit nights. Sights not subject to seasons and weather are Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪闻莺), Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds (双峰插云) and Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill (南屏晚钟).
                                                                               

Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow

  

All of these sites are either linked by tree-lined boulevards, causeways, or hiking-friendly trails. To get the best of West Lake’s Ten Scenes, you can walk or rent a free public bike. Comfortable sightseeing battery cars (could stop anyplace) and cruise boats will come to your rescue when energy fails you.

 

New Top Ten Scenes of West Lake


For those in town for more than one week, New Top Ten Scenes are places not be missed. They include Precious Stone Hill Floating in the Rosy Cloud (宝石流霞), Heavenly Wind over Wushan Hill (吴山天风), Clouds Scurrying over Jade Emperor Hill, Dreaming of Tiger Spring at Hupao Valley (虎跑梦泉), Nice Creeks Meandering through a Misty Forest, Inquiring about Tea at Dragon Well (龙井问茶), Yellow Dragon Dressed in Green (黄龙吐翠) and Lord Ruan’s Mound Submerged in Greenery (阮墩环碧) 
 
Precious Stone Hill Floating in the Rosy Cloud

The bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi (云栖竹径), which is distinguished for rolling bamboo forests dissected by zigzagging paths and studded with pavilions, pagodas, giant trees and rare flowers, sparkles as Hangzhou’s best summer resort and hiking trail. With dense Osmanthus forests interspersed with recreational facilities, Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village (满陇桂雨) is a place to be enjoyed both with friends and kids. Time the visit during autumn, so you can experience thrilling activities and fragrance-saturated air. If you cannot resist the temptation of tea, Inquiring about Tea at Dragon Well serves the most authentic, palatable and impeccably delicious and haunting green tea in China, thanks to its magical spring. For bird watching fans, the unspoiled Lord Ruan’s Mound Submerged in Greenery, one of the three islands of West Lake, is a haven for birds and urban dwellers. Fishing and night views are its draw cards. 
 
If you want to know more about silk and tea, China Silk Museum (中国丝绸博物馆 the biggest silk museum on earth) and Hangzhou National Tea Museum (杭州茶叶博物馆) combining a tea exhibition and interactive tea ceremony, will not fail you. 
 
Two Ancient Causeways across the Lake
 
West Lake is spanned by Bai Causeway (白堤) and Su Causeway (苏堤), which resemble two flowing ribbons.
 
With weeping willow trees and dazzling peach blossoms, Bai Causeway’s beauty reaches its pinnacle during early spring. This one-kilometer-long embankment was named after Bai Juyi, a renowned poet and governor of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In days gone by, spring outings on horseback were a highlight on the calendar of local elites. The intoxicating scenery here has always been inspiring. Nowadays, people from all over the world stroll around to soak up the beauty, which time fails to despoil.

Bai Causeway

A stone’s throw away from Shangri-la Hotel is the 2.8km-long Su Causeway, which spreads out on a north-south axis and is dotted with six arched bridges. The millennium-old boulevard was the result of thousands of laborers’ painstaking dredging efforts. Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, one of the Ten Scenes of West Lake, epitomizes the prime charm of this causeway. Through the rest of the year, one can still derive much pleasure by biking or hiking along this picturesque “gallery”.
Su Causeway
North of West Lake
 
There are nine icons dispersed haphazardly along the northern bank of West Lake, from the most famous to the lesser-known. They are: Yue Fei’s Temple and Tomb (岳庙,岳坟),Precious Stone Hill (宝石山), Baochu Pagoda (保俶塔), Yellow Dragon Cave(黄龙洞), Zhejiang Library (浙江图书馆), Baopu Taoist Temple (抱朴道院), Ge Hill (葛岭) and Purple Cloud Cave (紫云洞). For western friends, the story of Yue Fei (岳飞), a patriotic military general living in the Southern Song Dynasty, is more appealing than the tomb and memorial hall set up in his honor. Yellow Dragon Cave, which nestles at the foot of Precious Stone Hill topped by the Baochu Pagoda, radiates with rustic flavor.

 
Yue Fei’s Temple

For those seeking contemplation, it is a most ideal site. With exuberant trees, it is a perfect summer resort. Filled with assorted activities including dancing, singing and Yue opera performance (越剧) all year around, it shines as a hub of activities. Not far from Yellow Dragon Cave is Zhejiang Library (浙江图书馆), the fourth largest library in China. Among its collection of 4.7 million books, the block-printed editions dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, and rare hand-copied books are invaluable treasures. Baopu Taoist Temple (抱朴道院) is the only one of its kind in Zhejiang province. Though paling in comparison to the touristy Lingyin Monastery, it is still a good place to sample Taoism undisturbed. 
 
West of West Lake

To the west of West Lake, the main attractions including Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺), Peaking Flying from Afar (飞来峰), Three Temples at Tianzhu (天竺三寺), Hangzhou Botanical Garden (杭州植物园), Visiting Lingfeng for Spring Mume Blossoms (灵峰探梅) and Jade Spring (玉泉) might beckon for those wanting to savor enticing natural scenery and the allure of Buddhism.

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple, a 1700-year-old prestigious pilgrimage destination, offers an authentic glimpse into the mysterious divine world of Buddhism. Opposite sits Peak Flying from Afar, where you can see over 340 life-size and vivid stone statues. Hangzhou Botanic Garden is famous for mume blossoms during winter, fluorescent colored carps all year around and chrysanthemum exhibitions held each autumn. 
 
South of West Lake
 
The south bank of West Lake is strewn with a network of sights. Among which, Pagoda of Six Harmonies (六和塔), Song Dynasty Town (宋城), Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies, Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi, Westlake International Golf & Country Club (西湖高尔夫俱乐部) sparkle as super stars.

Pagoda of Six Harmonies

Pagoda of Six Harmonies, a statuesque and ancient pagoda, is striking in appearance and rich in history. Ascending the summit, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the mighty Qiantang River and the sprawling high rises gracing its southern bank. Qiantang River divides Hangzhou both physically and culturally. It is a transitional area where history meets modernity. Thanks to the formidable Qiantang, the Tidal Bore occurring during the eighth lunar month,  has gained international attention. Song Dynasty Town is a giant artificial theme park. “Give me one day, I will give you one thousand years”, so exclaims this newly rising star. Entering it, you will can rub shoulders with Chinese in traditional clothes, marvel at quaint buildings, as well as enjoy Romance of Song Dynasty.
 
 To those nature lovers, Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies and Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi with its unspoiled environment and fresh air, are just heaven on earth. Encompassing 186 hectares (460 acres), Westlake International Golf and Country Club has two international-standard 18-hole golf courses, a two-way driving range, a golf clubhouse and hundreds of villas nestled under the canopy of trees. It serves as a strong testament to the exquisite lifestyle dominating Hangzhou and serves to illustrate that the lakes, teas, temples and museums are not all the story of this city. 
 
East of West Lake
 

West Lake’s east bank features fewest attractions. If you have time, Phoenix Mosque(凤凰寺), Confucian Temple and Hangzhou Steles(孔庙杭州碑林) and Water City Gate Park(水城门公园) are places worthy of half a day’s exploration. 



Things to Do
After drinking in so much iconic sights, it is time to relax and have fun. 

 
One Fun House
 
Xihu Xintiandi(西湖新天地) is a place where the past meets the present and the East greets the West. Shikumen, a kind of 1920-era folk residence originating from Shanghai, takes root here. Shikumen buildings here are restored into elegant cafes, restaurants, clubs, shops and cinemas. In this area, free from cars, you can enjoy both ancient culture and modern comfort.
 

Two Famous Restaurants
 
Ever wondered where to enjoy authentic local gourmet? Here are four time-honored restaurants in this scenic area. Louwailou Restaurant (楼外楼): The fame of this 160-year-old restaurant can be explained by its superb local flavor dishes and many renowned scholars and poets who help to romanticize it, such as Lu Xun, Sun Yat-sen and Pan Tianshou. Zhiweiguan Restaurant(知味观): It is famous for a wide selection of Hangzhou-style dishes. 
 
Two Famous Tea Houses
 
He Teahouse (和茶馆): “He” means “harmony”. Entering this tea house, you will feel like you have entered a tasteful antique shop. Surrounded by antiques ranging from 100 to 3000 years old, you can experience the same refined pastime enjoyed by Chinese aristocracy millennia ago. Qingteng Tea House (青藤茶馆): Offering amazing scenery of West Lake, it is a place to relax. The air is laidback and the food served is delicious. 
 
Three Famous Roads
 
Hubing Road (湖滨路)
As one of the Top Three Luxury Shopping Destinations in Hangzhou, this boulevard houses a collection of world’s top brands and is the right place to buy some tasteful and funky gifts for your sweetheart. To rest your legs, Hubin Park, the Manificent Musical Fountain and Fengbo Pavilion are nice choices.
 
Nanshan Road (南山路) 
Once the hub shared by poets and artists, today Nanshan Road features many aged architectures, bars, art galleries, clubs and cafes. It is the best place to drink coffee and wine with some friends. It is also an arts and cultural corridor which is represented by the China Academy of Arts and Pan Tianshou Memorial Buildings. 
 
Beishan Road (北山路)
The 3000m-long Beishan Road is extremely rich in culture and history. In spirit, it fuses East and West. 
 
Three Famous Shows 

The magnificent cultural performances of Impression West Lake (印象西湖), Night of West Lake (西湖之夜), and Romance of Song Dynasty (宋城千古情) are absolute must-sees! If budget and time allow for only one show, then choose Impression West Lake.

 

 

Downtown Hangzhou Scenic Area

Hangzhou city, a city of timeless beauty, consists of eight districts: Xihu, Gongshu, Jianggan, Xiacheng, Shangcheng,Binjiang, Xiaoshan and Yuhang. Among which, the former five constitute the urban area.

 
Downtown Hangzhou: a Fashion Haven
 
Hangzhou downtown is formed by two main districts, Shangcheng and Xiacheng as well as the surrounding areas of the famous West Lake. The tranquility of the lake alongside the buzziness of the city makes it the perfect backdrop to a thriving fashion center with a multitude of amenities.

From grandiose shopping malls and inviting restaurants to modern day cinemas and ancient walk ways, Hangzhou Downtown strives to enthrall, entertain and enchant those who set foot in it. 



A fashion paradise, laden with the latest brands, accessories and designs and home to a number of boutiques, department stores and shopping malls. Whether you choose Hangzhou Tower, Intime, Hubin or Wulin Road buying in Hangzhou has never before been so fashionable.

Buy Prada or Amani in Hangzhou Tower Mall, or select some trendy street fashion in nearby Intime Department Store. Whether you go on a one-stop shopping spree in Hangzhou Department Store, or bargain hunt in Wushan Night Market, or select a piece of clothing for yourself in Wulin Women’s Fashion Street, you will come home satisfied, apart perhaps, from a shrinking wallet. (Other famous shopping streets including Hubin Road, Yan’an Road, Jiefang Road are places to explore if you have enough time.)
 
For movie lovers, Hangzhou Theater, The Moulin Rouge, OSCAR Movie World, Qingchun Movie World, Xinyuan International Cinema, West Lake Culture Plaza and Xinhua Cinema will hit the list.
 
To buy a book, go to Chinese and Foreign Language Book Store, or the Zhejiang Foreign Language Bookstore. The former is the biggest in China while the latter specializes exclusively in foreign books, videos, newspapers and records. 
 
For art collectors, Yuewang Art Market located on Renhe Road is the ideal place. If you want to buy a cell phone, head to Shaoxing Road Automobile Market. 
 
If you want to do sightseeing, dining and shopping in one place, Hefang Street, with its living history, will knock you out with exceptionally fascinating wares, delicacies and cheery people brimming with smiles. 
 
Explore the Ancient Lanes and Streets
Qinghefang Historical Street(河坊街): Most of the Hangzhou specialties such as Wang Xing Ji Fans, Zhang Xiaoquan scissors and Wanlong Ham, as well as several time-honored restaurants can be found in this old street.


Hubin road (湖滨路): Window shopping here feels like being at a wine party. You will find it hard to resist the temptation from behind the windows.

Yan’an Road (延安路): It is shopping heaven, especially for fashion-conscious girls.

Jiefang Road (解放路): One of the busiest commercial streets in Hangzhou. Within its confines, Jiefang Road Department Store and New World Shopping Mall dwarf the crumbling living quarters at its feet.

Wushan Night Market (吴山夜市): You can choose from a dazzling variety of intriguing things in the oldest and busiest night market in Hangzhou.

Nanshan Road (南山路): The most chic road in Hangzhou is forever perfumed with the fragrance of music and coffee beans.

Wulin Women’s Fashion Street (武林女装街): This is the ground zero of the Hangzhou’s women’s fashion scene. The boutique shops here are visited by tens of thousands of women on a daily basis. It is a paradise for the more savvy and intrepid shopper to weed out the specials.

Shaoxing Road Automobile Market (绍兴路): Your car purchasing experience at the automobile market on Shaoxing Road will be a pleasant one, with most of the dealers here offering outdoor seating where you can chat with 4S store salesmen over a cup of tea of coffee. 
 
Cinemas and Theaters
Hangzhou Theater  Add: No.29 Wulin Square  Tel: 86-571-85109939
The Moulin Rouge
  Add: 3/F, Hangzhou Theater, Wulin Square  Tel: 86-571-85164088
OSCAR Movie World  Add: No.38 Longyou Rd  Tel: 86-571-87012458
Qingchun Movie World  Add: E Tower, Dongqing Mansion, No.60 Qingchun Road  Tel: 86-571-87219585

East Hangzhou: New Rising Star 
 
The core of the new urban expansion in the eastern part of the city is the Qianjiang New CBD, where one can marvel at the future modernity of Hangzhou. For more merry-making, the Qingchuan Road CBD fulfills every city dweller’s needs.



Icons:
Qianjiang New CBD (钱江新城): The development of the new CBD aims to combine the refined elegance of West Lake with the grandeur of the Qiantang River. The cosmopolitan milieu of the CBD is enhanced by a growing number of landmarks, such as Citizen Center, Hangzhou Grand Theatre, Hangzhou Library, and Hangzhou International Conference Center.

Wine and Dine
Qingchun Square: One can enjoy a one-stop experience of entertainment, shopping, gourmet and leisure
 
Shopping
Sijiqing Clothes Block: It is Hangzhou’s biggest women’s clothing wholesale market. With over 900 brands from over 1200 fashion companies and factories, you will be spoiled by so many choices. If you want to buy brand clothes, visit the third floor.   
 
West Hangzhou: a Cultural and Educational Hub
 
The western part of Hangzhou, often referred to as “chengxi”, serves as a cultural and educational hub, as well as a hatch of IT and electronic tycoons. (Alibaba initially set its headquarters here before it moved to Binjiang, in south Hangzhou). In this area, the skyline is graced by cascading business floors towering over sprawling living communities. Schools, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, cafes, and bars come in great variety and are within walking distance.
 
In comparison to eye-dazzling downtown, which can be characterized as a drama queen, West Hangzhou bears an air of serenity, intelligence and grace, like  a well-educated lady with distinguished background. This can be attributed to its eclectic icons: Zhejiang University, Xixi Wetland Park, and Wensan Road Electronic Information Street.


 
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Zhejiang University (浙江大学) : It is one of China's oldest institutions of higher education. For those who have more than one week to explore this city, it offers a glimpse into the campus life of China’s most talented students. The library, stadium, and in-door swimming pool are all open to the public.
 
Xixi Wetland Park(西溪湿地): It stands out as Hangzhou’s only example of a water town, and is crowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unrestrained and rustic in appearance, Xixi is romantic in nature. The dying art of Dragon Racing can be appreciated here each May 5 (lunar calendar). 
 
Wensan Road Electronic Information Street: Dubbed as the Hangzhou version of Silicon Valley, the street has many IT malls featured by EGO Digital Plaza, Xixi Digital Market, and BuyNow Computer Town. 
 
Shuguang Road (曙光路): Boasting the largest number of bars in Hangzhou, Shuguang Road is the Mecca for night life aficionados. 
 
Wine and Dine
Baochu Road Food Street: Bordering West Lake to the north, Baochu Road Food Street is the place to enjoy a dazzling variety of gourmet foods. 
 
North Hangzhou: Grand Canal Frozen in Time

Though outshone by the classic beauty of West Lake Scenic Area and the prosperous downtown, North Hangzhou has a sense of grandeur, innovation, history and serenity which are too obvious to ignore. Once the least developed, it now ranks as the most promising. 


 
Strolling along Qiaoxi Historic Block, you will be plunged into an ancient world crammed with remnants ranging from one century to several thousand years old. The past glory still lingers here, and is manifested in forms of millennium-old arched stone bridges, old silk factories, historical streets, nostalgic tea houses, a Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacy as well as museums. 
 
All of them, however, will pale in comparison with the Grand Canal (京杭大运河), a feat of engineering and a cultural symbol frozen in time. Its timeless beauty can either be savored by walking leisurely along the banks, cruising past in luxurious or plain boats, as well as enjoyable cycling. To read its history and culture, you can head to Grand Canal Museum, which adjoins a five star hotel, an underground supermarket, the 1000-year-old Gongchen Bridge (拱宸桥), Hangzhou Fan Museum (杭州扇子博物馆), Scissors Museum, Blade and Swords Museum (杭州刀剑剪博物馆).
 
This area also boasts the biggest number of gourmet-themed streets, such as Xinyifang Walking Street featuring typical Jiangnan flavor, and Shengli River Food Street, featuring red lanterns, local specialties, and Taiwan snacks. In addition, Dadou Road Food Street houses the most popular restaurants.
 
This area is not as deserted as it used to be. To spice up your cultural immersion tour, head to Guashan Bar Street (瓜山酒吧一条街), which is around a 15-minute drive from the Grand Canal Museum (京杭大运河博物馆). With a wide selection of bars, you will spend some memorable time here. If you want to know how innovative the local artists are, just head for Silian 166 Cultural Innovation Industrial Park. More modest than those in New York, Shanghai and Beijing, but you can still get surprised and inspired in various degrees. 
 
South: a Riverside View
 
The southern part of the shores of the Qiantang River presents a different view from the upper reaches. 


 
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White Horse Ecological and Innovative Town(白马湖创意园区): Surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers, it incorporates profound cultural legacy and is an emerging powerhouse of the city’s cartoon and animation industry. 
 
Avenue of Stars
It is a shopping mall that also serves as a tourist destination. Here you can see the fingerprints of many film celebrities, such as Jackie Chan, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Feng Xiaogang. 
 
Wine and Dine: Garbage Street
What you will find here is not garbage, but a dazzling variety of tasty, dirt-cheap street food such as grilled squid, chicken kebab, ice cream, and “Eight Treasure Porridge”.
Colorful Suburbs and Satellite Cities
While the name ‘Hangzhou’ is more often used to refer to the urban agglomeration of the metropolitan area that is composed of six core districts, a broader sense of ‘Hangzhou’ refers to three districts (Xiaoshan, Yuhang and Fuyang) and four counties/sub-cities (Lin’an, Jiande, Tonglu, Chun’an) under its jurisdiction. Hangzhou lies in the arms of these satellite districts that glisten like pearls with their respective unique cultural and folk features, adding enormous charm to the West Lake-oriented urban scene of Hangzhou.

Xiaoshan District: New Paradise for Leisure


The magnificent Qiantang River has a length of over 500 km, and the majestic Xiaoshan boasts a rich history of eight thousand years. As the native land of the Kingdom of Yue and the main battlefield between the rival kingdoms of Wu and Yue, Xiaoshan is also known as the birthplace of Zhejiang's civilization.

Today, Xiaoshan is rapidly developing into the most luxurious and leisurely place along the banks of the Qiantang River.


Sights


(1) Xianghu Lake Scenic Area (Rate: AAAA)

Dubbed the sister lake to Hangzhou's West Lake, Xianghu Lake is a blue oasis, laden with rich historical and cultural heritage. Its life-long water has nourished not only rice paddies and water bounties but also the locals' mind and soul.

(2) Hangzhou Orient Culture Park (Rate: AAAA)

Incorporating Chinese gardening and a myriad of religions, including Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, this themed garden will take you on a magical journey into the mysterious oriental world.

(3) China Water Conservation Museum

A floating museum that is both a pagoda and water world offers you the key to all the water's secrets. Whether at dawn or dusk, the silhouette of this museum, can be particularly haunting against the sky.

(4) Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park (Rate: AAAA)

No need to travel to the North or South Pole when you can witness at first hand, here in Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park, animals native to their polar areas. Watch the cutest animals and their lively performances without having to wrap up warm!

(5) Crazy Appleland

A kaleidoscopic kingdom of fairytales and a boundless world of animation. A dream-like paradise for adults and a magical fairyland for all the family.

What to do

(1) Spring outing to Xianghu Lake – an absolute tour of culture

Morning: Explore the magic of
Hangzhou Orient Culture Park.
Afternoon: Cruise along Xianghu Lake, visiting its themed area, Xiasun cultural village and Kuahuqiao Relics Museum.
Evening: View a musical performance by Xiang Lake's water fountain.

(2) A cruise into Wuyue culture – an absolute tour of history and heritage

Morning: Visit Xiasun cultural village and cruise leisurely along Xianghu Lake's themed area.
Afternoon: Delve into the ancient Wuyue city and explore
Kuahuqiao Relics Museum.
Evening: Enjoy a grand song and dance performance of Legend of Romance.

(3) A fun day out – an absolute tour for all the family

Morning: Visit Polar Ocean Park.
Afternoon: Cruise along Xianghu Lake, and enjoy the beach and shallow waters at Jinsha water-play scenic area.
Evening: View a musical performance by Xianghu Lake's water fountain.
 

Yuhang District (余杭区): sightseeing in Hangzhou and living In Yuhang
 
Liangzhu, with its long history and outstanding people, is the birthplace of the Liangzhu Culture, known as the “Dawning of Chinese Civilization”. With the spirit of originality, pioneering, independent creation and outward exploration, Liangzhu is a holy land for both the Chinese nation and Oriental civilizations.

 
Sights

(1)  Xixi Wetland-Hong Garden

A mid-city water town and home to Hong Garden, and birthplace of Hong Sheng – the Qing dynasty dramatist, and Hong Clan's ancestral hall. The cultural richness of the Opera Arts corridor and the families of Qiantang have made this garden one of the most attractive corners of the wetland. 

(2) Shuangxi Rafting

Enjoy a leisurely ride with nature-set in an environment with clear brook water and lush bamboo forests, its little wonder this location ranks as China's top rafting spot.

(3) Hangzhou Shangougou Scenic Area

It is the most beautiful village like a paradise on earth, and one of the main tributaries of Taihu Lake.

(4) Chaoshan Mountain Scenic Area

Known for its ancient Song and Tang Dynasty plum trees, this mountainous scenic spot continues to attract travelers both for its treasure trove of centuries old and its alluring beauty. Best to visit in spring when plum trees are in full bloom.

(5) Pipa Bay Eco Garden

An agriculturist's paradise, where fruit picking is available all year round. This eco garden is also widely known for its production of Loquat.

(6) Farmers’ Paradise

Featuring abundant fruits, vegetables and Chinese zodiac characters, this is where China's first original cartoon song and dance is frequently performed.  Children will eagerly get the taste for more.

(7) The Ancient Town of Tangqi

Ranked as one of Jiangnan's top ten waterfront towns during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Tangqi, is a great place to soak up some of China's history while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of a typical water town south of the Yangtze River.

(8) Ancient Town of Yuhang

It is the only double millennium ancient town in Zhejiang province and the southern terminal of the ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

(9) Jingshan Mountain Scenic Area

The birthplace of the Japanese-style tea ceremony, home to Jingshan temple, and the first Zen Buddhist temple in Southeast China. The unspoiled mountain that surrounds this temple is famous for its tea and bamboo shoots.


Elegant Tonglu County (桐庐县): city of traditional Chinese painting.

Tonglu, whose Fuchun River was the inspiration for the epic scroll painted by Wang Gongwang, the great Yuan Dynasty painter, has also been eulogized for possessing the “unparalleled spectacular mountains and waters under heaven.”

Sights

(1) Yan Ziling Fishing Terrace (严子陵钓鱼台) (Rate: AAAA)
Named after the East Han dynasty hermit, it towers poetically above the Fuchun River. Board a boat and leisurely glide past a number of pavilions, and loft houses. With their upturned eaves, black-tiled roofs and white-washed walls and set amongst luscious green forestation, Yan Ziling Fishing Terrace is bound to evoke a sense of calm and classic beauty.

(2) Yaolin Fairyland (瑶林仙境)

Grotesque rocks and a splendid array of stalactites bestow upon it the fame of “The King of Chinese Caves”.

(3) Heveanly River and Cave (垂云通天河) (Rate: AAAA)

Stretching 4.5 km long, this zigzagging river runs deep and tranquil all year around. The unpredictable currents add more thrills to its visitors’ unforgettable experience, making them reluctant to leave.

What to do

Cave adventure; cultural immersion; rafting down Tianmu Creek; explore Eshan Mountain Village of the She Minority; watch a “Grand Fireworks Display” every Friday and Saturday evening and national holidays during peak tourism season.

Chun'an County (淳安县)
Qiandao Lake, an oasis for the soul

Qiandao Lake is situated 129 km east of Hangzhou and 175 km west of Huangshan, the famous Yellow Mountain and is one of China’s first national key scenic attractions and five star tourist destinations.  The famous lake, renowned throughout the world for its largest number of islands, covers an area of 573 sq km and with its emerald colored waters and spectacular scenery the lake has been praised as the “First Beautiful Water under Heaven”.

Sights:
Thousand Island Lake (千岛湖)

What to do:
Take a leisurely cruise around Thousand Island Lake, hopping from island to island, cycling, mountaineering, camping, rafting and kayaking.

Jiande City (建德市): a beautiful riverside city and tourists’ paradise

A city flowing with charm and the river’s crystal clear waters, falling 70 meters directly from the Xin’an Hydro Power Plant’s dam, are warm with temperatures sustaining 17 degrees Celsius throughout the year. “The 17℃ Xin’an River at Jiande” forges a legendary world of warm winters and cool summers.
 

Sights

(1) Daci Rock (Great Benevolence Rock 大慈岩)

Famous for its suspending temple and China’s number one natural standing Buddha, this wondrous stone is also home to a 1000-year-old ginkgo tree and a number of wild blossoms.

(2) Xinye Ancient Village(新叶古村)

Only 7 km away from Daci Rock lies this hidden gem, resembling a jigsaw puzzle every piece of this village tells a story. Surrounded by a thousand acres of canola plants, this village with its eye-catching black-tiled roofs and white-washed walls is sure to engage visitors in a number of ways. During festivals, you can also witness locals performing bewildering rituals and festivities.

(3) Qiliyangfan(七里扬帆)

As the most picturesque section of the Fuchun River, Qililong (Seven-li long rapids) is where the heart of the river lies. Boasting green hills, crystal-like water, ancient history and a serene landscape, it is no wonder it inspired Huang Gongwang (1269
1354), the famous Chinese painter, to accomplish his masterpiece “Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains” .

(4) Xin’an River Hydro Power Plant(新安江水电站)

A hydro plant where powerful water has turned thousands of hills into islands; caused hundreds of villages to be buried under water; and seen a large number of residents flee their homeland. A visit to this plant, where temperatures sustain at 17 degrees Celsius all year round, is both moving and powerfully engaging.


What to do

Strawberry Picking (Jan
May)

Locations: Jiande Yangcunqiao Strawberry Leisure and Sightseeing Garden; Jiande Yangchuanqiiao Strawberry Garden; Chunqiu Village of Xiaya Town; Hangjing Village of Hangtou Town; Xiyan Village of Hangtou Town

Hot Springs –
soak up the amazing landscape whilst relaxing in a hot spa.

Dragon Boat Ride – drift down the Xin’an River in true Chinese style.

 
Fuyang City(富阳市): Inspiration for Huang Gongwang’s painting “Dwelling in Fuchun Mountain”

 
“Of all the landscapes under heaven, Fuchun is the best.” Fuyang City enjoys both the beauty of a mountain town and the elegance of a riverside city. Not only the original site for Huang Gong Wang’s famous painting, Fuyung is also at the front line of the National Gold Tourism Route of “West Lake-Fuchun River-Qiandao Islets-Yellow Mountain”.


Sights

(1) Hangzhou Safari Park (杭州野生动物世界 Rate: AAAA)

The biggest Safari Park in Eastern China home to 10,000 wild animals of 200 species. With a number of wild performances and fun activities on offer, this park guarantees a roaring time for all the family.

(2) Hangzhou Longmen Old Town (龙门古镇)

It is an ancient town with decaying architecture falling proudly from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Interconnected by covered walkways and crisscrossed by narrow lanes, Longmen Town is the largest living quarters of King Sun Quan’s descendants.

Under its aged shell it combines the past with the present and prides itself in hosting a number of modern day performances and vibrant festivals.

(3) Dongwu Cultural Park, Tianzhong (heavenly bell) Mountain

A remodeled theme park that aims to take tourists back in time while presenting them with the “Three Kingdoms” culture.

(4) Residence of Hermit Huang Gongwang(黄公望故居)

This is the site where Huang Gongwang, a renowned Yuan Dynasty painter, accomplished his masterpiece: “Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains”. A visit to his residence will inspire any budding artist.

What  to do


Visit Longmen Old Town and unearth the cultural relics of the Kingdom of Wu (221 – 263); go sky gliding at Yong’an Mountain, and experience the feeling of flying like a bird whilst floating in mid-air; kayak your way through surging waves, race across the famous Fuchun River, and take a cycle around Xinsha Island, stopping to set up camp whilst enjoying a BBQ or a number of local delicacies.
 
Lin'an City(临安市): Holiday in the mountainous land of Lin'an

Honored as a city for excellent tourism, home of bamboo and hickory nuts, Lin’an in West Hangzhou has also been recognized as a national forest city, with a dense coverage of more than 77%. This evergreen tourist city is also the source of two major water systems:Tai Lake and Qiantang River.

Sights: West Zhejiang’s Grand Canyon (浙西大峡谷); Qingshan (green mountain) Lake (青山湖); Daming (great brightness) Mountain (大明山); Tianmu Mountain Grand Canyon (天目山大峡谷); Ruijinshihua (auspicious crystal stone flower) Cave (瑞晶石花洞)


What to do

Take part in a number of festivals, such as Tianmu Mountain Ganchun Festival, (Baishui Stream) Spring Bamboo Shoots Festival, and Wild Monkey Festival, at the Source of Tai Lake. Other festivals to join are the Second Lin’an East Tianmu Mountain Spring Dragon Culture and Tourism Festival and the Ten Thousand People Chasing the Spring and Seeking the Air Sunny Trip in Shimen Gorge.

Xixi National Wetland Park is well known as the "Three Xi’s (West) of Hangzhou" (short for the three landmark attractions in Hangzhou) along with West Lake (Xihu), and Xiling Seal-Engravers' Society. Covering an area of 10.08 square kilometers, Xixi National Wetland Park is located in the west of Hangzhou, less than 5 kilometers away from West Lake. It is China’s first and only national wetland park, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland.

Water is the soul of the Xixi National Wetland Park. About seventy percent of the area is covered with water, which creates a special habitat for various species of flora and fauna. Six creeks crisscross the park, among which scatter various other creeks, ponds, lakes and swamps with water birds flying about above them and fish swimming freely in them. Reed catkins in the autumn and plum blossoms in winter are also its highlights.


Xixi National Wetland Park has a history of more than 1,800 years: it was first discovered in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317–420), flourished during the dynasties of Ming (1368–1644 AD) and Qing (1644–1912 AD), declined during the Republican Period, and revived in modern times. Abundant cultural heritages accumulated during this period such as, Yue Opera (越剧), Dragon Boat Racing, and water village-style life featuring silkworm feeding and silk production etc.

Also because of its features like peacefulness, primitiveness, and undisturbedness, the park was regarded as a pure land on Earth by many literati. And it remained a favorite haunt for them. These literati left behind many works of art as well as footprints, which in turn provide a profound culture flavor to enhance Xixi National Wetland Park.

Misty Water Fishing Village (烟水渔庄)

With mist and water merging into one in this village, Misty Water Fishing Village creates a unique scene you cannot find elsewhere. Misty Water Fishing Village is called “Yanshui Yuzhuang” in Chinese. "Yanshui" means a lot more than misty water. It is far more poetic and picturesque: you can enjoy the misty beauty of the pond (which is in front of the village), which is enveloped in mists. You can see cooking smoke curling up and you can also find misty willows all around.


Autumn Snow Temple (秋雪庵)

Autumn Snow Temple lies in a solitary islet in the center of the wetland. It was built in the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). Nowadays, the temple is the core part of the “Eight Scenes in Autumn Snow”. This tranquil spot, hemmed in by water, is only accessible by boat.

Manor Anchored in Water (泊庵)

This manor can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD), when Xixi Wetland was overgrown with reeds. Viewed from a far high spot, the entire manor looks like a thatched house being anchored in the water, which means “bo (泊)” in Chinese. Hence its Chinese name is Bo Manor.
 

Plum and Bamboo Villa (梅竹山庄)

Plum and Bamboo Villa is endowed with a mass of green. Built in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912 AD), it is known for its old plum trees and thin and long bamboos growing all around.
 
Xixi Plum Houses (西溪梅墅)

Located in the southeast part of the park, Xixi Plum Houses, together with Plum and Bamboo Villa, Xixi Thatched House, and Xixi Waterside Pavilion, constitute the main contents of the plum and bamboo leisure area.

 
Xixi Waterside Villas (西溪水阁)

Xixi Waterside Villas is a place where ancient scholars kept and read books or met friends. It consists of two groups of villa-styled buildings: the eastern one is Book Tower (拥书楼) and the western one is Blue Stream Book House (蓝溪书屋).
 

Xixi Thatched House (西溪草堂)

Xixi Thatched House was the private residence of the noted writer of the Ming Dynasty, Feng Mengzhen (冯梦桢) who was good at composing poetry and collecting antiques.
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