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A Congenial City 2017-05-11
Hangzhou is widely recognized as “China's happiest City”, an acknowledgement that is reflected by the city's living conditions and sense of happiness among its residents.

Traditionally, living and working in peace and harmony have long been the ideals of the Chinese. Hangzhou manages to achieve such balance and contentment among people, nature and culture by developing science, education, culture, healthcare and public service in both a harmonious and integrated manner. The goal has been to equalise the balance of expanding urban areas and shrinking natural surroundings. In achieving this, Hangzhou has become a liveable city with a sustainable, healthy, and fast-paced economy whilst also enjoying clean water, flowing rivers, green landscapes and beautiful scenery.
 


Hangzhou is a city famed for its five waters: West Lake, known as the "best under heaven", Qiantang River Tide, famous both at home and abroad, Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, a national treasure, Xixi Wetland, the "kidney" of the city and Hangzhou Bay the connection between the city and the East China Sea. The protection and development of these waters will bring harmony between people and water, achieving the renewal of Hangzhou's urban water system, environment and culture.
 
In 2002, the city began a project to protect the Hangzhou section of its Grand Canal, which 12 years later is close to the end of its second phase. In the newly renovated Xiao He Zhi Jie street you will not only learn about the glory of Hangzhou's rivers  but you will also be able to glide past its delicate bridges and  green spaces.  A cultural journey flowing with interest whilst allowing you to absorb the interesting dialogue between ancient civilizations and modern wisdom.
 
What are the plans for the future?

Hangzhou plans to build 20 new satellite cities and 100 centres for tourism, trade and finance. At present, the Southern Song Imperial Street, Zhongshan Road international tourist area and Xixi Paradise travel compound are now taking shape and can provide an insight into what the new Hangzhou city will look like. In the foreseeable future, Hangzhou city will become even more liveable and harmonious while also boasting an excellent economic structure and an attractive living environment with an improved ecology.
 
The comprehensive conservation project for the Middle and East River was launched earlier this year. In Hefang Street, a 400 meter artificial river will link up the two rivers with three shipping locks - a breakthrough in the history of Hangzhou's urban construction. This project will upgrade the quality of life for residents along the two rivers which will also allow boats to commute more freely, overall providing a wonderful experience for the residents and visitors of Hangzhou's congenial city.




 
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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
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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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
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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