Liangzhu Culture Village - A Beautiful Town in Hangzhou
With colorful mountains peaking in the distance and birds chirping merrily whilst constructions standing amid shady trees by the lake, one could say that Hangzhou’s Liangzhu Cultural Village is similar to a scroll painting of Shangri-la, and if you dig deep enough you will find plenty to do.
The architecture of Liangzhu Museum was designed by English designer David Chipperfield. Its walls are gray and in some lights resemble the many facets of jade. There are three patio-style theme courtyards in the museum which contain elements of Chinese garden architecture and are decorated by many architectural ornaments. The exhibition’s general theme of the museum is “Liangzhu culture witnessed the five-thousand-year culture of China”. It highlights the significance of Liangzhu culture in comparison with its counterparts of the same kind or at the same time in China or in the world.
This is a natural ecological park abundant in water and grassland and together with Liangzhu Museum, it makes up the 808 mu (1 mu roughly equals 666 sq m) “Grand Meilizhou” tourist center. A harmonious ecological environment, Meilizhou Park, is home to a number of flora and fauna and wildlife which makes it the perfect place to have a picnic or two.
The southern end of the building complex is the main cathedral while the northern end is other facilities. The two are connected by two small cathedrals. The whole church is made of recyclable pine timber imported from Japan. There is a church service held here every weekend where you can often hear children singing in the choir or witness locals holding their wedding ceremonies.
Liangzhu Snack Street
This snack street is situated in the countryside and with many new snacks this tantalizes the senses and gives it a fresh appeal. Here you can also find elements of the 70s, such as enameled cups, square tables, bar stools and giant slogans. Many elderly people dine and chat here as if it’s a dinner party.
Culture and Art Center
At the beginning of its design, the designer Tadao Ando positioned this construction as a place where children could have a conversation and the “children” here refers to everyone. Villagers in Liangzhu Cultural Village affectionately name the Liangzhu Culture and Art Center as “Big Roof”, under which there are “three big boxes”, namely, Exhibition Building, Culture Building and Education Building. Here there are non-scheduled markets, art exhibitions, and various themed activities.
This is a great place for a leisurely hike and there is an academy called Gudao half-way up the hill where, on the weekends, Chinese classical courses are taught; and after you have worked up an appetite there is also Daxiong Temple at the bottom of the hill where you can sample a vegetarian meal. The roads here are always clean without congestion and you can rent a bicycle or tricycle too. In spring you can admire canola flowers and in summer and autumn there will be a large display of sunflowers. If you wish to enjoy the Shangrila-like scenery and have a special cultural experience at the same time, then this is the town to visit.
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.