West Lake Tianzhu bamboo chopsticks, among the top 10 Chinese chopsticks, are Hangzhou local precious intangible cultural relics, dubbed together with Zhang Xiaoquan Scissors, Wang Xing Ji Fans and West Lake Silks as “Hangzhou four treasures”.
The West Lake Tianzhu bamboo chopsticks are elaborately made of indocalamus of large-leaf variety from Hangzhou Tianzhu Mountain, with colorful pyrograph. They can be classified in different ways: 9 cun (a unit of length, 1 cun equals to 3.33 decimeters), 9.5 cun, 10 cun and 10.5 cun by length; coarse, medium, slender by thickness; Buddha, landscape, flowers, West Lake scenery by pyrograph; silver, bead, lead, iron and bone by the material of the chopstick head. The West Lake Tianzhu bamboo chopsticks are smooth, lightweight, durable, economical and easy to wash. Dyeing won’t fade.
West Lake Tianzhu bamboo chopsticks, adorned with lucky clouds and Buddha, are widely welcomed among pilgrims during temple fair festivals, which is said to bring good luck to families. Legend has it that in the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty, temples on the West Lake Tianzhu Mountain always received large amount of pilgrims. When they had vegetarian dishes, chopsticks were in shortage. To solve this problem, the monks cut bamboos in the mountain into short sections to make chopsticks. Those chopsticks not only had bamboo fragrance but also resembled burning incenses. So they were warm welcomed and thought to add the luck to get something nice to eat to families and preserve religious devotion. Now West Lake bamboo chopstick is almost a must-buy souvenir for pilgrims and tourists, especially among Buddhist countries in the Southeast Asia.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
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.