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Five Noteworthy Sights of Hangzhou 2017-05-08
Hangzhou is situated in the eastern coastal area of China, the northern part of Zhejiang Province and the southern end of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Enjoying an extremely advantageous location the city is recognized for many reasons.

The well-known verse by Su Dongpo (a famous Chinese poet), “Above, there is heaven; below, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou”, has spread across the world and because of this Hangzhou is now known, by many, as the byword for heaven; and the famous tragic, yet beautiful, love stories such as Butterfly Lovers (a Chinese equivalent to Romeo and Juliet) and the Legend of the White Snake have also contributed to the city’s fame.

Today, Hangzhou is still celebrated for its legendary charms but also for its emerald-green West Lake, illustrious green tea bushes and the historic Grand Canal.

West Lake



West Lake is known by all for its enchanting waters, mountainous views and abundance of historical and cultural relics. When visiting the West Lake, its top ten views are not to be missed – Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden, Autumn Moon Over the calm Lake, Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Viewing Fish at Flower Pond, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Twin Peaks Piercing the Cloud, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill and Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow.

 West Lake in Spring    West Lake in Summer
 West Lake in Spring    West Lake in Summmer
 West Lake in Autumn    West Lake in Winter
 West Lake in Autumn    West Lake in Winter


There are many ways in which to tour the West Lake you can choose to rent a public bicycle, hop on a boat, take a battery tourist car or board a lake-side public bus. Whichever route you decide you will always enjoy the lake’s enchanting natural views and beautiful musical fountain.

Lingyin Temple



Lingyin Temple, with its 1,700 year old history, is the most famous and oldest temple in Hangzhou and is also one of the Top Ten Buddhist Temples in China. It is a great place to learn about Chinese Buddhist culture and to marvel at its many exquisite and majestic Buddhist architectural pieces.

 Lingyin Temple - Woodcarving Statue of Shakyamuni    Lingyin Temple - Five Hundred Arhats Hall
 Lingyin Temple - Woodcarving Statue of Shakyamuni
   Lingyin Temple - Five Hundred Arhats Hall


In addition, the temple is hidden in a valley which is bathed in picturesque scenery and fresher than fresh air and this also makes it the ideal spot for a hike or two. The Peak flying from Afar, engraved with various types of grottoes dating back from the Five Dynasties to the Song and Yuan Dynasties, is also a great location for a meander up the mountain.

Qiandao (Thousand-Islet) Lake



Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake resulting from the construction of the first China-made Hydroelectric Power Station in 1959 and an old village, once positioned here at the lake, now quietly lies at the very bottom. Inside the lake there are 1078 islets, hence its name, a thousand islets.

Qiandao Lake

Things to do around the Qiandao Lake are aplenty and include cruising the lake, climbing high on one of its islets to view the lake’s panoramic views, visiting nearby ancient villages, rafting in mountain streams and cycling along any one of its great greenway paths.

Song Dynasty Town



Song Dynasty Town is a gathering place for fun and for many of China’s intangible culture heritages too. It is the most popular theme park in Hangzhou and makes for a great travel destination in all of the four seasons. As its name suggests, the park is themed on the culture of the Song Dynasty, especially the Southern Song Dynasty when Hangzhou was its capital.

Song Dynasty Town

Here, one is able to see what it was like to live in the time of the Song Dynasty and enjoy various types of intangible cultural heritages such as Chinese puppet shows, Chinese shadow plays, martial arts performances, and one of the most popular shows in Hangzhou, Legend of the Song Dynasty, a large-scale indoor performance highlighting Hangzhou’s culture and history.

Xixi National Wetland Park



Xixi National Wetland Park is a rarely seen urban wetland and is known as one of the “Three Xi’s of Hangzhou – Three Landmark Sights of Hangzhou” along with West Lake (Xihu) and Xiling Seal-Engravers’ Society. Water is the soul of Xixi with six rivers crisscrossing it and 70 % of it being dominated by harbors, ponds, lakes and swamps.

Xixi National Wetland Pakr

In Xixi you can leisurely enjoy a boat ride, anchor around in ponds, watch birds fly, see snow-white reed catkins and flame-red persimmons and listen to Yueju Opera.
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More Dragon Boat Festival Activities in Hangzhou2017-05-25
This year, the traditional Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, falls on May 30 and even though it is still a few days away, the fragrance of rice dumplings has already started to spread about Hangzhou. Along with a variety of festive food, scenic areas are also itching to impress all with a series of fun activities, which of course are themed on the traditional Dragon Boat Festival. So, get ready, set, and go and immerse yourself in a world of cultural fun.
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The Marvel of Hangzhou’s Museums…2017-05-25
Hangzhou is recognized for its many museums which showcase, from all aspects, the history and culture of Hangzhou and China. The most popular ones amongst tourists and citizens, alike, include Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and China National Tea Museum. Besides these mainstream museums, Hangzhou also offers some small-scale venues themed around silhouettes, paper money and coins, and folk arts. To find out more, just read on …
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