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Keep it Cozy with Hangzhou’s Winter Wonders 2017-05-11
Heavy snow is one of the 24 Solar Terms in the traditional Chinese calendar and at this time of the year most of China’s northern cities are embracing the cold. As a southern city, with little snow, Hangzhou is still hitting the 10 degrees Celsius mark - so why not keep it cozy with the following winter wonders…

The Warmest - Hot Spring



During the cold winter days taking a hot spring bath is the perfect way to warm the mind, body and soul.

 Zhong'an Tuankou Hot Spring    Yunman Hot Spring

Recommendations
Zhong’an Tuankou Hot Spring in Lin’an
Address: 188 Tuanquan Street, Tuankou Town, Lin’an

Hangzhou Yunman Hotel in Xiaoshan
Address: 2555 Fengqing Avenue, Xiaoshan District


The Most Delicious - Hotpot



Whilst the cold wind blows outside why not gather together inside over a steaming hotpot.

 Hangzhou Hot Pot - Guo Nei Guo Wai    Hangzhou Hot Pot - Guo Xiao Er


Recommendations
Guo Xiao Er
From the local restaurant brand of Grandma’s Kitchen, comes Guo Xiao Er which has invented the novel concept of a hotpot supermarket which offers a free soup base, large portions of food and all at affordable prices.
Address: B1 Floor, Lixing Mingpin Plaza, 124 Pinghai Road

Guo Nei Guo Wai
Guo Nei Guo Wai is a popular hotpot buffet restaurant in Hangzhou and diners are often seen queuing up for the number of sizzling sensations. The restaurant considerately prepares snacks of popcorn and cake for those eager to be seated.

Address: 539 Fengqi Road


The Most Casual - Boating on West Lake



Gliding leisurely on the rippling West Lake under the sun with friends is one of the best ways to appreciate the West Lake’s beauty and without any crowds.

West Lake Cruise

Tips: The 2017 West Lake Cruise Card is now available at 300 RMB. The card holder is entitled to bring a fellow passenger on board for free and the third and fourth passengers can enjoy a 25% discount off the original ticket price. The cruise departs from the ports in Su Causeway or Viewing Fish at Flower Pond every day. Please note that the card can only be used once a day.


The Most Devout – Praying at Lingyin Temple



Lingyin Temple is a sacred monument with numerous disciples. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and fresh air, this temple is notably tranquil. When visiting the temple it’s recommended that you burn incense and pray. On the 8th day of the twelfth lunar month in the Chinese calendar, Lingyin Temple will hold an activity of Laba porridge distribution where visitors and citizens will come for a cup of Laba porridge and a blessing from the Buddha.

Lingyin Temple

Address: 1 Fayun Alley, Lingyin Road
Tips: The 2017 Hangzhou Temple Card is now available and will expire on 31 December, 2017. The card holder is entitled to enter the temple twice upon each visit but for multiple entrances admission is needed.


The Most Original - Old Hangzhou Charm



As a famous ancient city, Hangzhou is rich in historical relics. A new modern city can be constructed within one or two decades, but the charm of a historical city is formed over hundreds of years.

Recommendations:
Twenty-three Old Lanes Along the Southern Song Imperial Street

Hangzhou’s old life style and charm are hidden deep in the old lanes beside the Drum Tower. The everyday life of native Hangzhou citizens in the lanes is always admired by its passing visitors.

Dajing Alley
This tranquil alley, a block away from Hefang Street, is a world away from the bustling tourist attractions and is a true representation of a scene in ancient Hangzhou.

Five Willows Alley
Lying in the west of East River, Five Willows Alley is located at the site of Five Willows Garden, which was a little imperial garden in the Southern Song Dynasty.


The Most Romantic - Tiandu City



Tiandu City is a European-style park and as Europe is too far away, Tiandu City comes to the rescue with European-style architecture and recreational projects.

Tips
Address: Xingdu Avenue, Hangzhou
Public Transportation: bus No. 371, 535, 345, 762, 767


The Most Modern - Popular Shopping Mall



Every season is a shopping season but winter is the time for discounts and wrapping yourself in stylish coats, scarves and hats and in Hangzhou, a shopper’s paradise, you will be spoilt for choice.

Recommendations
Hangzhou Shopping City
Yintai Shopping Mall
Hubin Business District

The Healthiest - Mountain Climbing



The following mountain hiking routes: Precious Stone Hill, Jade Emperor Mountain, Lingfeng Peak and Laohe Mountain are all suitable for enjoying the heights and sights of Hangzhou and all have unique sceneries that are worth exploring too.

Recommendations
Route 1: Broken Bridge – Precious Stone Hill - Geling Ridge - Ziyun Cave - Guapai Mountain - Wushi Peak – Breeze-Ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden
Time Duration: 2 hours

Route 2: Yuquan Campus of ZJU - Laohe Mountain - Jiangjun Mountain - Lingfeng Mountain - Guozi Top - Beigao Peak - Lingyin Temple Gate
Time Duration: 2 hours

Route 3: Hangzhou Zoo - Deyi Pavilion - Qixing Tank - Zilai Cave - Yuhuang Top - Old Yuhuang Temple - Yuhuang Mountain
Time Duration: 3 hours
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Hangzhou’s Nine Landmarks Besides West Lake2017-08-22
Every city has its symbol with Beijing’s symbol being the Great Wall, Shanghai’s being Lujiazhui, Chengdu’s being the steaming-hot hot pot and Hangzhou’s being West Lake. But besides West Lake, there are other nine places that deserve to be symbols of Hangzhou.
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Operas Take Center Stage in Hangzhou2017-08-22
For six years, the Hangzhou Contemporary Theater Festival has presented Hangzhou people with over 100 spectacular performances and 59 classical operas from all over the world. In the process, the festival has evolved into an important platform for international art and culture exchange. In 2017, the Hangzhou Contemporary Theater Festival will show once again its charm in Hangzhou from September 15 to 28.
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No.188, Fuchun Road, Hangzhou, China
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