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The Best Things to Do When Visiting Hangzhou 2017-05-11
Take a long walk along the West Lake in the early mornings to savor the city at its most peaceful. The lake is quiet and serene; all around the scene is still, with faint lights blinking gently from far away. Walking back, take a few minutes to decide what to satiate a grumbling stomach with, for the varieties of breakfast food are numerous, and it would take one quite a while to try them all.

Hefang Street

Rushing back to catch up with the city’s pace, you are now at Hefang Street, a location that has long been a market bustling with activity, dating back to the Southern Song Dynasty. The air is heavy with the aroma from various cafes, restaurants, and other food establishments, mixing with snack sellers’ wares. The street isn’t defined just by its culinary offerings, for it is home to a number of unique trades, from silk shops to a 100-year-old pharmacy, Hu Qi Yu Tang.

Hefang Street is indeed the place that best embodies the history and culture of Hangzhou, while walking down lush green Nanshan Road is a treat for those inclined towards literary and artistic pursuits, with numerous artful shops and coffee joints perfect for taking the time to relax and enjoy this beautiful scene with a cup of coffee.


 Longjing Green Tea
 Longjing Tea Village
 Beishan Road - Hangzhou    Maojiabu
 Beishan Road
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Beishan Road is arguably the most prominent of historical areas in Hangzhou if you are interested in the former residences of famous Chinese people. One can see Chun Yun cottage, Sui Villa, Ru Villa, Yi Villa, Xi Villa, Sheng Villa, Baoqing Villa, Puti Buddhist House, among others.

By the time tulips bloom, Taiziwan Park instantly transforms into a fairyland. Now is the best time to go see rapeseed flowers. One of the greatest places to watch them is Xianghu Lake Scenic area, where there is a 400-acre field. When the flowers are in full bloom, the whole residence turns into a mesmerizing golden ocean.     

Maojiabu is another stunning scenic area, where before your eyes unfolds a stretch of folk architectural style houses nestled in the shadows, with willow trees drooping along the bank of the lake and reeds swaying in the wind.

Other than the West Lake, you can go have a taste of tea at Longjing Village, the tea growing area closest to the West Lake, after which you might want to stop at Bamboo-Lined Path at Yunqi located at Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies, towards the west of the West Lake.

With the arrival of summer comes new life in Hangzhou’s night. You will witness a Hangzhou totally different from the one you saw before, where the scene along West Lake is now dotted with night markets. Another night market you should not miss is at Xinyi square, a historic walking area near the river, where one can find a lot of interesting and cultural activities to take part in.
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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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