Entering September, the weather is getting cooler. Without sweltering heat of midsummer or continual rain of rainy season, now is a good time to go out. So pack your things and let’s have a close contact with nature!
Langdang Peak (琅珰岭)
Langdang Peak normally refers to all the hillocks south of Wuyuan Hill (五云山) and north of Tianzhu Hill (天竺山). The peak stretches for over ten li (‘Li” is a traditional Chinese unit of distance and one li equals 500 meters), hence its nickname ‘Shi Li Lang Dang’ (‘Shi’ means ten in Chinese).
Among the mountains surrounding the West Lake, it is the highest and longest hillock with the average altitude over 200 meters. Shi Li Lang Dang not only offers a broad view of the West Lake, tea plantations and rolling hills shrouded by clouds but from here one can also hear the chanting sounds from the Buddhist temples at Tianzhu.
Shi Li Lang Dang is voted as one of the most favored tourist spots by Hangzhou citizens and tourists and today the road still retains its original style and continues to take its visitors on a magnificent journey of ancient discovery.
Shang Xiang Ancient Road (上香古道)
Shang Xiang Ancient Road, once the pilgrim’s path to the Buddhist temples at Tianzhu, stretches from Yanggong Causeway to Maojiabu.
The entrance of the Shang Xiang Ancient Road is hidden between Wolong Bridge (卧龙桥) and Yinxiu Bridge (隐秀桥) on Yanggong Causeway. The road, which takes one hour to finish, is characterized by a stone-clad path which, at every step you take, offers completely different views like wild ducks swimming in the lake or water birds flying high above.
Jingshan Ancient Path (径山古道)
This path was first established in the Tang Dynasty and has, throughout the ages, been the only road for Buddhist pilgrims to reach the temple. Paved with slab stones this 3km long path is surrounded by verdant forests and bubbling creeks. This location was loved by literary giants and many poets have left their mark in praise of Jing Mountain.