Hangzhou Grand Canal Culture Strawberry Picking Festival
If it's sweetness you are craving for, then head to the Grand Canal where the 9th Hangzhou Grand Canal Culture Strawberry Picking Festival will be held until March 26. During the festival, one can board a tourist boat and enjoy the beautiful views of the city’s most famous Grand Canal, sip a cup of tea in Lao Kai Xin Teahouse, or even visit Tangqi, an ancient town where a number of organic strawberries are waiting to be picked.
The tourist boats are available from Wulinmen Dock; they depart at 09:00 and return at 17:30. To set sail, a minimum of 10 passengers are required.
Route At 9 am
Set off from Wulinmen Dock and sail northwards where you will enjoy the beautiful views of the century-old Grand Canal and listen to the history and culture of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.
From 10:00 to 11:00
Drink Longjing green tea in Lao Kai Xin Teahouse whilst immersing your senses in the interesting intangible culture heritage “Xiao Re Hun”, a genre of popular entertainment consisting mainly of talking and singing, prevailing in the area of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai.
From 11:00 to 11:30
Take a tourist bus to Tangqi, Jiangnan’s ancient water town, and enjoy a meal in a Tangqi time-honored restaurant. Afterward, tour around Tangqi Ancient Town to view the grey-bricked and black-tiled Qing-style residential houses and savor the special snacks of the ancient town.
From 14:30 to 14:50
Head to the strawberry farm to pick organic strawberries, where pastoral views of fields and rivers abound.
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.