Hanging Out in Hangzhou

Hangzhou

Just a few hours away from Shanghai, you will find the charming city of Hangzhou. It is the capital of Zhejiang Province and known to be one of the most prosperous cities in China. In the late 13th century, Venetian explorer Marco Polo visited Hangzhou and fell in love with its natural beauty and splendor. He even described it as “the finest and most splendid city in the world!” Nowadays, Hangzhou constantly attracts visitors from all over, thanks to its breathtaking sceneries and rich cultural heritage. Journey around the metropolis’ best destinations to discover why Marco Polo dubbed it the “City of Heaven!”

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West Lake

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West Lake is Hangzhou’s pride and symbol. Lush willow trees, pagoda-topped hills, and man-made islands surround the freshwater lake. Take in the serene atmosphere at any of the Ten Scenes of West Lake, such as Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring, Curved Yard and Lotus Pool in Summer, and Moon Over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn. These spots give you the greatest views of the landscape! Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, West Lake has greatly inspired poets and painters throughout Chinese history—the most notable being Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo when he compared West Lake’s splendor to Xi Zi, one of the four ancient beauties of China.

  • Xihu District, Hangzhou, China
    杭州市西湖区

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Lingyin Temple

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Also known as the Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, Lingyin Temple is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in China. It was built around 326 to 328 AD by an Indian monk named Huili who, after exploring Hangzhou, became enchanted by the land. Join pilgrims as you scour the temple’s different halls. Enter the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings to encounter the statue of the Laughing Buddha; then, make your way towards the Mahavira Hall where Gautama Buddha sits majestically on a lotus throne. Remember: no flash photography allowed!

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Xixi Wetland Park

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Escape the hustle and bustle of city life in China’s first national wetland park! Located west of Hangzhou, Xixi Wetland Park is frequented by tourists for its vast waterscapes and tranquil vistas. Recharge amongst picturesque attractions, which include a quaint fisher’s village, a villa bursting with plum blossoms, and a bamboo cottage. Plan your trips accordingly as Xixi Wetland Park also hosts various cultural events. The Xixi Flower Fair Festival is held every February 15th of the Chinese lunar year, while the Dragon Boat Festival takes place every May 5th.

  • 518 Tianmushan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, China
    浙江省杭州市西湖区天目山路518号

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Zhiweiguan

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Zhiweiguan started out as a humble wonton stall in 1913. Now, they have branches all over the city, making it easier for hungry wanderers to savor traditional Hangzhou fare! Sample the centuries-old restaurant’s classic fares, such as the Beggar’s Chicken, West Lake Vinegar Fish, and Steamed Buns with Pork, Shrimp, and Eggs. In case you’re looking for something more familiar, they also have the usual wonton soup and xiao long bao!

  • 83 Renhe Road, Hubin Shangquan, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China
    浙江省杭州市上城区湖滨商圈仁和路83号 邮政编码

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Song Dynasty Town

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Experience the Song Dynasty era at Hangzhou’s largest theme park—Song Dynasty Town! The area is divided into various sections that depict the culture and daily life during the prosperous period. Feel as if you’ve just traveled back in time as you stroll along its streets; you may even rent a traditional costume to blend in even more! Don’t miss out on the park’s panoramic heritage show, Romance of Song Dynasty. It is based on historical stories and legends of Hangzhou city, combined with music, dance, and acrobatics. It’s also one of the top three most famous shows in the world alongside the O show in Las Vegas and the Moulin Rouge in Paris!

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Qinghefang Ancient Street

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Get a feel of the olden days at Qinghefang Ancient Street—the best-preserved area in all of ancient Hangzhou. Its history dates all the way back to the Qing Dynasty when it was considered to be the main political, cultural, and commercial hub of the city. Now, it still is home to a significant amount of antique buildings and long-standing establishments. The legendary street is also dotted shops hawking all sorts of handicrafts, artworks, and even traditional Chinese medicine. After shopping for souvenirs, refuel at any of the local eateries and tea houses nearby before diving back in!

  • Hefang Street, Hangzhou, China

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