Hangzhou Honored As “the Happiest City” for the 10th Time
The list of “The Happiest Cities in China 2016” has just been unveiled in Beijing, and Hangzhou has been included for the 10th time. Additionally, Hangzhou has been awarded “The Happiest Cities 10th Anniversary • The Highest Award.” Besides Hangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi’an, Changchun, Changsha, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai have also been included in the list.
To date, the appraisal of “The Happiest Cities in China” has been held for ten consecutive years and has a total of 900 million people participating in the vote. It is one of the most influential and credible city events and the ballot is based on aspects of 16 categories, 50 kinds which include resident revenue, life quality, ecological environment, employment, public security and transportation.
Hangzhou’s Happiest Attractions:
Prince Bay Park
Just a stone’s throw away from West Lake, Prince Bay Park backs onto verdant mountains and features a variety of flowering plants. The park flourishes in all seasons but it is in spring when the whole area is dominated by colorful Dutch-imported tulips, set off by pink cherry blossom that it truly comes into full bloom. The park is an ideal place for any family outing and is also a popular venue for capturing those once in a lifetime wedding photos. It is not uncommon to glimpse couples wearing red traditional Chinese wedding gowns or white western wedding dresses and posing for happy snaps.
Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village
Sweet Osmanthus is Hangzhou’s city flower and one can find osmanthus trees in almost every corner of the city however, it is in Manjuelong Village that osmanthus is the sweetest and most fragrant. With a favorable climate and an advantageous landscape of locating in a valley, here the sweet osmanthus blooms earlier than in other areas. The history of Manjuelong Village cultivating osmanthus can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The area has over 7000 osmanthus trees with the oldest being over 200 years old.
Whenever autumn comes, the village is enveloped by the intoxicating fragrance of osmanthus and just sipping a cup of osmanthus tea and savoring some osmanthus cake under one of its blossoming trees with the sweet fragrance pervading the air can definitely be described as a moment of happiness.
There are many things that Hangzhou is world famous for, one of which is Longjing green tea. Leading “the Top Ten Teas in China”, Longjing green tea has been the city’s favorite brew since ancient times. In China’s Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), Longjing green tea was selected as an imperial tribute to emperors. In Longjing Village, visitors can savor the ancient imperial tribute in one of the many featured teahouses, where endless views of green tea bushes stretch for miles, and they can also participate in the art of picking tea leaves - a tasteful experience for all.
In the important period of epidemic prevention and control, in order to control the number of tourists in real time, to facilitate tourists to enter the park quickly, and to ensure the safety of tourists to the greatest extent, starting from this Friday (March 20), Xixi National Wetland Park will open online reservation channels.