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Summer 2017-05-11
When summer hits Hangzhou many locals, to avoid the stifling heat, escape to nearby hills, caves and rivers. However, instead of fleeing the city why not take a look at Hangzhou’s hottest things to do this summer.

Cool Yourself with Lotus Flowers


It is in the summer that the city’s eye-catching lotus flowers come into full bloom around the West Lake. Their beauty has been praised by poets and painters during the past millennium and the best place in which to view them is at Quyuan Garden where you will also see the Nine Bent Bridge zigzagging its way along a sea of lotus blossom. The scene of green leaves and pinkish-red flowers set against a backdrop of verdant rolling hills evokes an ancient world adorned by Chinese ruling elites and scholars. This scene heralded  as Breeze-Ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden (曲院风荷), , is one of the Top Ten Views of the West Lake. In such a poetic and picturesque environment you can capture many a moment and with the air saturated with aromatic fragrances romantic sensations will easily be triggered. Time your visit well either during the morning or at dawn to avoid crowds of tourists and of course the summer heat.




Shuangxi Bamboo Rafting (双溪漂流)

Introduction: Shuangxi River resembles an emerald ribbon dancing along dense bamboo forests. Featuring crystal-like waters, numerous rapids and a rich cultural legacy, Shuangxi Bamboo Rafting is famed as Jiangnan’s Number One Drifting Trail.


Fast and furiously you will ride through foamy water and plunging waterfalls. Most of the trip runs through a very narrow gorge with sheer rock walls clad in ferns and other native plants providing a truly stunning backdrop to this exciting tour. You will also sample tea culture, bamboo culture, water culture, agrarian culture and Buddhism culture during this adventure.


Xianrengu Drifting (仙人谷漂流)

Introduction: Starting from Xianbaikeng Reservoir this kayaking trail is the longest and most thrilling in Yuhang District. With a length of 3.6km this watercourse features mind-blowing 50m-high rapids and intoxicating scenery.



Join Summer Festivals


Festivals Time
Xiaoshan Festival of Red Bayberry in Dujia Village (萧山杜家杨梅节) June
Tangqi Loquat Festival (塘栖枇杷节) From late May to late June
West Lake Lotus Show (西湖荷花展) From June to July

 

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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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