Lantern Festival is an important traditional festival in China which is closely related to the Spring Festival. It marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Its time-honored history can be traced back to the Warring States Period (战国时期), and because of its deep cultural atmosphere and abundant activities, it’s widely welcomed both by Chinese and foreign tourists alike.
The Lantern Festival in Hangzhou offers many interesting activities such as appreciating colorful lanterns, guessing lantern riddles and so on. On this auspicious night, and in the moonlight, the finest and most ornamental lanterns are exhibited along the streets of Hangzhou. These lanterns are exquisite, and usually shaped like animals such as Chinese dragons, lions, horses . Under these lanterns hang plenty of slips with riddles on. People who work out these riddles can get gifts, and of course, other people’s admiration.
Time: The fifteenth night of the first lunar month Venue: Wulin Square (武林广场), He Fang Street (河坊街), West Lake (西湖)
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.