Xiaoshan - the Birthplace of Zhejiang Civilization
Xiaoshan is the birthplace of Zhejiang Civilization and its Kuahuqiao Culture (Cross-the-Lake Bridge Culture) unearthed 8000 years ago. It is also the nucleus of the Yue Culture, one of the two parts of Wuyue Culture (Jiangsu Culture and Zhejiang Culture) and an indispensible part of Chinese Han Culture. Not only recognized for having unearthed such profound culture, Xiaoshan is also home to the beautiful Xianghu Lake(湘湖) and has a landscape full of recreational activities for all the family.
Kuahuqiao Relics Museum (跨湖桥遗址博物馆)
Opened in 2009, Kuahuqiao Relics Museum, shaped like a boat, is a culture-themed museum which comprehensively displays the archeological findings from the Kuahuqiao Historical Site. The museum, encompassing an area of 6,800 sq m, consists of two halls: Exhibition Hall and Historical Relics Hall and through modern technology each showcases the magnificent 8,000-year-old Kuahuqiao culture. Besides an 8000-year-old canoe, believed to be the first of its kind built in human history, other precious relics such as the world’s oldest lacquer bow and China’s oldest herb jar are also on display.
Xianghu Lake Scenic Area (湘湖)
Xianghu Lake is known as the sister lake to West Lake and is essentially the quieter version of its renowned sibling.
The lake and its surrounding area is full of breath-taking scenery and ancient culture. So having the chance to soak up this beautiful landscape, home to the oldest canoe in the world, the epic battlefield of Wu and Yue States, southern China’s states during the Spring and Autumn Period (771 BC- 476 BC) and the birthplace of Xi Shi (西施), one of the most famous ancient Chinese beauties, is definitely worth every step into Xiaoshan and its ancient old history.
Recommended attractions include: Reminiscing the Past in Chengshan Hill (城山怀古), Watching Fish in Xiangpu (湘浦观鱼), the Ancient Towpath of Xianghu Lake (湘湖古纤道) and Cross-the-Lake Bridge Spanning Xianghu Lake (跨湖桥).
Hangzhou Paradise Park (杭州乐园)
Hangzhou Paradise Park is the largest comprehensive theme park in eastern China and offers a kaleidoscope of recreational activities that anyone, of any age and with any ambition, can engage in. Theme sections include Kingdom of Fairy Tales, Mayan Tribe, Adventure Island, Lost Jungle, Ancient Cities of Wu and Yue States and the Park's theatre. Thrill-seekers can either choose to turn their world upside down and go bungee jumping or reach for the stars and go rock climbing. For those wanting to stay on the ground there are a number of funfair inspired activities to board. The Kingdom of Fairy Tales, an amusement area based on make-believe, is for real and will provide children with hours of entertainment. In addition to all the fun, staged in the Park’s theatre is the Legend of Romance (吴越千古情), one of Hangzhou’s top three theatrical performances.
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.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.