Autumnal Flower Exhibition is Set to Bloom
Hangzhou Botanical Garden is well-known for its various types of flower exhibitions, especially the annual chrysanthemum exhibition. Unlike the latter, this autumn flower exhibition boasts of a wide variety of colorful flowers including some very rare and wonderful species. MORE
 
  Step on Board to Xiling Seal-engraving
During the China (Hangzhou) International Cartoon & Animation Festival Hangzhou’s subway 1 introduced a special train which later proved to be extremely popular and is said to have contributed, in its unique way, to the success of the festival. To continue along this exciting route another extraordinary train is scheduled to run, this august, but this time the train is dedicated to Xiling Seal-engravers’ Society and the remarkable culture it represents. MORE
 
  Hangzhou’s Grand Canal Keeps Love Afloat this Autumn
For a wedding overflowing in beauty, history and culture and in order to keep your love afloat this autumn then visit the Hangzhou section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal for the event ‘Grand Canal - Hushu Wedding Ceremony’. For this memorable event ten lucky couples will be picked and a unique traditional Chinese wedding ceremony will be performed for them on Sep.25. One can call to enter for the event. MORE
 
  One More to Hangzhou’s Artistic Avenues
On August 18, Baoqing Villa, the over 108 year old Hangzhou residence and once the most luxury hotel in Hangzhou made a decision to serve its city in a more artistic way. The villa-cum-museum is now housing a collection of Hangzhou’s Chinese paintings and is open to the public and free of charge. MORE
 
 
 
Idling in a Sea of Yellow Sunflowers

Van Gogh, a 19th century Dutch artist, is recognized for his ‘Sunflowers’, one of the masterpieces which he became famous for and we recognize these glorious flowers for their large flower heads with bright yellow petals and dark colored centers.


Sunflowers, wherever they may be grown or displayed, are visually inspiring and bring those who witness them one step closer to a brighter future. To idle in a sea of yellow sunflowers then visit three of Hangzhou’s university campuses which, dotted in and around town, will certainly add an academic charm to this golden viewing experience.


Pingfeng Campus of Zhejiang University of Technology

Info: Situated to the east of the university library lies this 10-mu (1 mu roughly equals 666 sq m) sunflower field, where the flowers grown here have been imported from abroad and then hybridized in Inner Mongolia. September and October are the two best months to view the vibrant yellow flowers.

Flowering Period: Early September to October

Add: No. 288, Liuhe Road, Liuxia Town

Transportation: Take bus No. 310, 193 and J12 (only available at weekends) to the bus stop of Tou Shan Men (头山门) and then turn back for 100 meters to the west entrance of Zhejiang University of Technology.


Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Art

Info: Xiangshan Campus is located in Zhuantang Town’s suburban area which is surrounded by a plateau of verdant mountains and crystal-clear waters. The design of the campus, using brick walls, stone walls and loam walls covered with plaster, aims to achieve harmony between its architecture and the environment. With nearly 8,000 square meters of sunflower fields, both student and visitors’ futures are guaranteed to feel brighter this autumn.

Flowering Period: September

Add: No.352, Xiangshan Road, Zhuantang Street

Transportation: Take the bus of No. 109, 189, 279, 289, 308, 354, 510, 886, 627 to the bus stop of Jiang Kou Cun (江口村).


Xiaoheshan Campus of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology

Info: After entering the campus, turn left and you will be greeted by a golden carpet of sunflowers. There are 10 mu sunflower fields inside the campus and the flowering period lasts for 20 days.

Flowering Period: September

Add: No. 318, Liuhe Road, Liuxia Town

Transportation: Take the bus of No. 136, 193, K213, K310, K853 and J12 (only available at weekends) to the bus stop of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology.

 
 

Hangzhou Turns the Spotlight Inn-wards

On August 5 the Hangzhou Tourism Commission’s official website of Hangzhou Inns (www.hzminsu.cn) went live putting Hangzhou Inns once again in the spotlight. Featuring unassuming but exquisite design Hangzhou Inns perfectly combine the city’s rustic charm with the comfort of some of its high-end hotels.

Hangzhou Inns focuses on providing its guests with a unique individual experience, offering like-minded guests a handful of rooms clad in certain themes and designs. The inns provide more than a night away in that staying at any one of the following inns is sure to give you and your loved ones an unforgettable experience and a unique Double Seven Festival.


Tealysees Inn

Tealysees Inn has been named one of the ‘Top Ten Inns’ in China. It only has eleven guestrooms in which each is decorated with distinctive features ranging from Japanese to American styles. Whatever your mood there is a room to match and whenever you choose to stay it is guaranteed you will always leave feeling uplifted.


Address: No.212 Siyanjing, Hupao Road


Metoo Home

Situated in an elevated position and surrounded by dense forest, Metoo Home can offer you a serene environment without the disturbance of nearby villagers. With wooden furniture this is a simple rustic-like accommodation which also features a garden cultivated in all kinds of edible plants and flowers. With only five rooms it is better you book in advance!

Address: No.260 Baile Bridge, Lingyin Branch Road


Long Jing Xin Qing

European in style this inn is home to one of the most exquisite gardens in Siyanjing Region where rippling water and classical stone bridges are just some of its exotic features. Set in one of the most advantageous locations where 14 notable views of the West Lake are within its three-kilometer radius, it is no wonder thousands of tourists flock to this destination year after year.


Address: No.11 Siyanjing, Hupao Road