This year Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it is also known, will fall on 28 January 2017. If you are interested in Chinese culture, then celebrating Chinese New Year is a festival not to be missed. To experience China’s many charms and to learn all about Chinese New Year customs, then check out the following places...
Toll Bell and Pray at Jingci Temple
Bell ringing and praying at Jingci Temple for a smooth coming year are customs long observed by the old Hangzhounese people. Located along the southern bank of the West Lake and opposite Leifeng Pagoda, Jingci Temple is one of the top four ancient temples in West Lake and the noted “Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill”, one of the “the Top Ten Views of West Lake” can be heard ringing here.
🏠 56 Nanshan Road
⌚ 08:00 – 17:30
Climb Chenghuang Pavilion to Pray
Climbing Wushan Hill and ascending Chenghuang Pavilion is a pleasant way in which to welcome in the Chinese New Year. Here, not only can you pray for fortune in the coming Chinese New Year, but you can also have a panoramic view of the city with West Lake resembling a pearl, Qiantang River a dragon and verdant mountains and white clouds piercing the city’s azure sky.
🏠 Wushan Hill Scenic Area
Visit Century-Old Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple has a history of over 1400 years and is one of the oldest temples in China. The temple is hidden among forests and mountains and is said to be the place where immortals chose to retreat, hence its name Lingyin which literally means soul's retreat. It is said that Lingyin is efficacious and here one's prayers can be answered, which is why at every important festival the place is packed with pilgrims burning incense. So this really is the perfect place to fulfill all your wishes.
🏠 1 Fayun Alley
Sense Chinese New Year in Xixi
Xixi National Wetland Park offers more than just natural views of wetlands. It also provides a wealth of local products. Witnessing row upon row of mouth-watering cured duck and dried fish provokes a strong atmosphere of Chinese New Year. Golden crispy fried donuts, stinky tofu, soft foxnut cake and refreshing Xixi green plum will also add a distinct flavor to your Chinese New Year.
After a feast of satisfying snacks and delicacies you can then head to Xixi Wedding Custom Hall where themed wedding scenes from a Chinese boating wedding ceremony are recreated to showcase the unique water custom having prevailed in Xixi area in olden times. You can even dress in a Chinese traditional wedding dress to experience the fun of being a Chinese bride or groom.
🏠 Tianmushan Road
⌚ 08:30-17:30 from April 1 to October 31; 8:30-17:00 from November 1 to March 31 of next year
Skiing in Daming Mountain
Daming Mountain is situated inside Daming Mountain Scenic Area and is the largest ski resort in Eastern China. So why not take the Spring Festival to new heights and try your hand at one of the coolest sports in town!
Nanshan Road is located next to the West Lake and is fringed with many featured restaurants and pubs. Here, you can either choose to stroll along the road to appreciate the West Lake and all its surrounding glory or enter one of the many restaurants or pubs satisfying a number of senses…
🏠 Nanshan Road
Enjoy Light Shows
2016 witnessed many new light shows, among which the Qianjiang light show is most definitely worth mentioning. Like a painting, the light show rolls out onto the buildings which flank the majestic Qiantang River, and in doing so displays Hangzhou and its magnificent Chinese elements to all.
In Jiande, there is an ancient town that has experienced thousands of years of wind and rain. It has a beautiful name called Meicheng (Plum Blossom Town). Meicheng was the state town of the then Yanzhou and is now the county town of Jiande. It has a history of 1700 years.