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)
To accompany a great coffee, a most enchanting scene is essential. So, for a sip of spring then step into Hangzhou, now in a colorful season enveloped by misty fog, and the perfect place to seek out a cafe or two. The following are a few of our recommendations near to the West Lake Scenic Area.
When you travel to Hangzhou, you can choose an idyllic scenic route adjacent to the West Lake, namely, the Lakeside Park. Lakeside Park lies on the eastern bank of the West Lake in the middle of Hubin Road and the West Lake