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Paradise on Earth 2017-05-11


Connecting Beijing and Hangzhou,the Grand Canal was built according to instructions from Yang Guang, the second emperor of the Sui Dynasty (581 – 618 AD). This waterway was built to transport the Emperor Qianlong (1711 - 1799) from Beijing to Hangzhou. At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo described Hangzhou as “the City of Heaven, the most beautiful and magnificent in the world.”


Water in West Lake originates from streams in the western mountains and Qiantang River, where the most significant tide exists. Westward to Qiantang River lies Fuchun River, Xin’an River and Qiandao Lake, offering a picturesque travel route with meandering waterways winding through stunning peaks.

 

It is a fertile land, enveloped with crystal water that reflects images of flourishing trees and plants – natural scenery is Hangzhou’s charm.

With West Lake surrounded by mountains on three sides and its eastern side lying adjacent to Hangzhou city, natural waters and landscapes make the city a pearl of the Yangtze River Delta region.


It’s no exaggeration to say that water is the soul of Hangzhou, with its jewel in the crown, the unequalled West Lake, attracting millions of tourists each year to more than 40 tourist attractions and 30 historical sites all throught the year.  

 

 

Duanqiao (Broken Bridge) at the east of Baidi (or Bai Dike, said to be built by the famous poet Bai Juyi of the Tang dynasty) is a bridge of love. Legend has it, that a female white snake demon, Bai Suzhen, turned herself into a woman because she fell in love with a young scholar named Xu Xian at this picturesque bridge on the West Lake.
 
Located along the south route of West Lake, the Leifeng Pagoda is one of the lake’s 10 top scenic spots. The demon Bai is believed to be trapped under the pagoda, which was built during the Song Dynasty.
 
Together with the smaller and more delicate Baochu Pagoda on the northern shore, these two pagodas are an unforgettable sight at sunset.



 
Sudi (or Su Dike, built by scholar and top official Su Dongpo in the Song Dynasty) enjoys as much popularity as Baidi. These two dikes divide West Lake into five sections. Scholars, calligraphers and poets of various dynasties have been inspired by the beauty of this stunning landscape and have left a legacy of poetry.
 


Another attraction is Xixi, or West Brook, where a wetland is home to abundant wildlife and a diversity of plants. This is the place to take a walk on the wild side!

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Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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