As Spring Festival is almost here the pace of Hangzhou seems to be slowing down and everyone everywhere is starting to get ready for their annual celebrations. If you are looking for alternative ways in which to celebrate this festival then many of Hangzhou’s scenic areas have also prepared a wide variety of Spring Festival activities. Listed below are some of them …
Hangzhou Safari World Animal Temple Fair
January 28, 2017 to February 11, 2017
220RMB per person
During the 2017 Spring Festival, from the first day of the first lunar month to the 15th day, Hangzhou Safari World will be hosting an extraordinary temple fair which, compared with traditional Chinese temple fairs, is all about animals.
1. An abundance of snacks;
2. A wide variety of Spring Festival merchandise;
3. Show-stopping folk art performances and funny clown interactions;
4. Thrilling amusement rides;
5. The opportunity to feed cute animals;
6. In the “Samba Genie Tribe”, surprises are in store for those whose zodiac sign is this year’s rooster.
Qiandao Lake Wenyuan Lion City Spring Festival Activities
January 14 to January 27, 2017
Lion City, Qiandao Lake
Joyful Spring Festival
A number of rarely-seen Chinese traditional performances such as lion dancing, bamboo horse dancing and walking on stilts are waiting to entertain you in Qiandao Lake Wenyuan Lion City.
Grand folk activities like the Chinese God of Fortune parading through the streets, a torch relay, dragon lantern parade, lion parade and bamboo horse parade will all be on show for visitors to see. In addition, visitors can experience making the renowned fried glutinous puddings and sampling the traditional Chinese Spring Festival longevity noodles and fruity wines.
Opera masters will be performing excerpts from all different types of opera including Muju opera, Peking Opera and Huangmei Opera.
Competitive games, wrist wrestling and a rooster competition are ready and waiting for you to try – maybe you will win your first New Year battle!
Gaoting International Dreamy Light Festival
16:30 to 22:00 until February 14, 2017 (except January 27)
50 RMB per person
Hangzhou Gaoting Qiantao Garden
take bus No. 335, 345, 359 and 535 to the bus stop of Qiantao Garden (千桃园: qian tao yuan)
During the festival season, Hangzhou Gaotingshan Mountain Scenic Area is putting on a grandiose light show, the ideal place to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival, and the Western Valentine’s Day.
1. Hanging in the 133200 sq m area are 58 million landscape lights;
2. The light show is said to be as splendid as any of the Top Three Light Festivals in the world;
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.