There are many ancient paths in Hangzhou, most of which have since been transformed into tourist destinations, offering hikers a chance to be at one with nature. If you fancy a hike to some of Hangzhou’s top views, then the following places are where you should begin.
Qianlong Ancient Path
Qianlong Ancient Path is named after Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, who is said to have walked on this path in ancient times. Hundreds of years ago, Qianlong Ancient Path was a must-pass when villagers wanted to get to Lingyin Temple to burn incense. The ancient path is only one meter in width but extremely long. Flanked by straight and green bamboo shoots, the path makes for a nice hiking venue even in the most stifling of summers.
The path stretches southwards from Xi Zhong Xi Hotel at the northern end of Jiuxi Road to the highest point of Yangmeiling Hill. Having been renovated in 2004, Qianlong Ancient Path is similar to a chain in that it connects scenic spots together like Jiuquling (Nine Zigzags) Mountain, Meinu (Beauty) Peak, Meijiawu Village and Shi Li Lang Dang (Langdang Peak).
Shi Li Lang Dang
Shi Li Lang Dang is perhaps the most famous and popular ancient path in Hangzhou. Also known as Langdang Peak, the path refers to all the hills from Wuyun Mountain in the south to the area in Tainzhu. The hills stretch for several kilometers, hence the name “Shi Li Lang Dang” with Shi Li refers to ten li (li is a length unit in China and equals to 500 meters.) Langdang Peak is mainly comprised of limestone which accounts for the unique landscape of towering peaks and overlapping mountains. Langdang Peak, with an altitude of over 200 meters, is the highest and longest peak of all the mountains around West Lake.
Pilgrim Ancient Path
Pilgrim Ancient Path was the path for pilgrims arriving in Maojiabu Village and travelling to temples in the Tianzhu area. The ancient path stretches from Yanggong Causeway to Maojiabu Village and is a culture corridor where people can reminisce and experience many folk customs.
The entrance of Pilgrim Ancient Path lies in between Wulong Bridge and Yinxiu Bridge on Yanggong Causeway. The area is serene and has few tourists but is inhabited by a number of wildlife. The path is characterized with wooden trestles, stone paths and arched bridges.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.