The best scenery that West Lake can offer in summer is miles and miles of lotus flowers in full blossom. With a boundless array of pink flowers set off by the green leaves swaying in the summer breeze, one can find themselves cool and happy in the sweltering summer weather. Since ancient times, for its quality of rising unstained from mud and its unrivaled beauty, lotus has been one of the favorites of literati, which can be seen in an abundance of literary works and paintings left behind, and finds itself one of China’s ten best-known flowers. Gradually, viewing lotus became a classy entertainment in hot summers for emperors, officials and literati, which today makes to the list of must-do things in Hangzhou.
Lotus is extensively grown in West Lake and Hangzhou offers plenty of places with a nice vantage point to view lotus flowers, including Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Lakeside Park on the east bank, the west end of Bai Causeway, the Little South Lake, the Inner West Lake, the Xiling Bridge, etc. However, the ideal place is Quyuan Garden, whose Breeze-ruffled Lotus in Quyuan Garden is listed as one of the Top Ten Views of West Lake.
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.