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Send Hangzhou to Your Friends… 2018-05-02
In the last century, when phones were not universal, and people had to send letters and postcards, the post office was the main route to express concerns to people living afar. Now, with the fast development of all means of communication, post offices and postcards have started to fizzle out but what they have become is a great tool for tourists to memorize and reminisce the beautiful views they have met.

Sending postcards printed with breath-taking views is also a perfect way to share the beautiful scenes with friends or relatives and here are several post offices with stunning scenes in Hangzhou that you would certainly not want to miss.

First Station: Solitary Mountian Xiling Seal-engravers’ Society



Address: 31, Gushan Road
Hours: 09:00 –16:30 everyday

Climbing up the stone stairs, you will find a cliff, which is engraved with light “印藏 (seal collection)” - the exact place where Li Shutong collected his seals in 1918 when he became Hongyi Monk in Hupao Temple. Here, everything is simple and undisturbed. Living here, you don’t have to use your eyes because you can hear the magic all around you from the gurgling water to the chirping birds and the swishing of the trees.

At the top of Solitary Hill, hiding among the verdant forest, stands a little house with mahogany and black tiles. In front of one door is a green postbox and in the Bamboo Pavilion which is in the court of the first floor and the Sizhao Pavilion which is on the third floor, there is a post office, which is themed on Chinese seals. Without doors and windows, the Sizhao Pavilion boasts excellent scenery which is why the post office is reputed as the best post office with the most beautiful scenery. In terms of post offices, what first appears is its classic color, however, the post office here is quite different. It is an ancient pavilion embraced by mountains and lakes.

There are many postcards and limited-edition stamps collected here, including the set of postcards printed with the Top Ten Views of the West Lake. The set of postcards are fronted with ten seals that are engraved by the masters of Xiling Seal-Engravers’ Society. Here, the postmarks are extraordinary. They are characterized by the Top Ten Views of the West Lake, such as Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge and so on.

Tourists, who wish to send a unique postcard printed with a memorable scene can put it in the postbox, which is modeled on the postbox that was built in 1896 when the Chinese post service was initiated.

Second Station: Chunzhen Niandai (Innocent Age) Book Bar



Address: 8, Qianshan Road, Baochu Tower
Hours: 09:00 –23:00

Just under Baochu Pagoda, not far away from Gushan Road, there is an Innocent Age Book Bar. It resides in the hillside and provides convenience to tourists wishing to view the panorama of the West Lake. Busy though it is, it is in fact rather tranquil.

Entering the bookstore, what first impresses you is a long table occupied with books, many of which are autobiographies. It is also popular in the Chinese circles of literature and art because its owner has many famous writer friends, for example, Yu Hua, Chen Zhongshi, Mo Yan and so on. After visiting, Chen Zhongshi sent his famous book, “White Deer Plain”, with his autograph on it.

Beside the door of the bookstore stands a postbox which, although old and rusty, has a sign hanging on it that says: “send the innocence to you”. According to staff, more than ten postcards are sent daily.

Third Station: Wensli Silk Museum



Address: the third floor of Unit B, Wensli Building, 68, Tiancheng Road
Hours: 09:00 –16:30

This is an established silk museum that collects more than one thousand cultural relics of a modern and contemporary era, including imperial embroidery suits of Qing Dynasty, folk embroidery suits of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, modern embroidery works, modern tapestry works and so on.

Last May, Wensli, together with the Chinese Express Mail Service, built up the first post office which is themed with “One Belt, One Road”. The postcards are so modern and convenient that what you need to do is simply press the “record” button and speak into the microphone, and then a unique QR code is generated onto your desired postcard. Recipients receive your honest words through scanning the code.

However, it takes some time to achieve the function of sending mails. At present, the post office is just free for visiting, and it exhibits more than ten types of products themed with “One Belt, One Road” and many souvenirs designed and made by Wensli.
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