Qiaoxi Historic Block – Hangzhou’s Time Capsule
Located west of the old Gongchen Bridge along the bank of the Grand Canal, stands Qiaoxi Historic Block, a grand residential area, heralding designs from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Restored by the government in 2008 it has since been developed to include a number of new attractions. Boasting a range of services such as Chinese medicine culture, ceramic making and catering this ancient block with a modern twist is also home to a number of restaurants, cafes, tea-houses, gift shops and museums.
Once old and frayed this residential block is now buzzing with charm and beauty but still maintains its sense of tranquility and style.
Walk along any one of the cobbled streets that make up this block and you will discover a world of culture. Whether you choose to step into the past and soak up some of China's history in its umbrella museum, or you just simply want to relax in a coffee shop and read a book, either way Qiaoxi Historic Block will provide you with the chance to uncover more about China's past while at the same time enjoying a number of modern day facilities.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
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.