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Posted by Admin | Travel | Friday 10 January 2014 10:04 am

Hangzhou is a beautiful city and major tourist destination in China. Go there and you will not miss any top attraction of this city. You can visit the so well-known West Lake, you will be impressed by the dignified temples, peaceful water towns and multi-cultured architectures that built decades ago, etc.

West Lake

West Lake is a previous natural gift of Hangzhou as an apple of the eye. Located in the west part of Hangzhou, embraced by green hills by three sides, this lake is reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products.

Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake as a place of intoxicating beauty for its serenity water surface and the long narrow river levee that full of sense of “willow down and flowers reign”. Legend goes that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth. Pragmatists insist that it is a mere lagoon on Hangzhou’s western fringe. In any case, West Lake has inspired painters for centuries.

Tea House Tradition

Tea has always been an important part of Hangzhou’s economy. The area is well known for Longjing (Dragon Well), the precious green tea that is often called the national drink of China. Visit one of the area’s historic tea houses, where you’ll experience traditional tea service and sample a variety of sweet and savoury snacks. If you’re a true tea connoisseur, take a day trip to a neighbouring tea plantation. At Longjing Village, you can pick tea alongside villagers during harvest season, which usually begins in late March and runs through August, though peak time for picking is during March and April.

Pagoda of Six Harmonies

One of China’s most significant pagodas—originally constructed in AD 970—this octagonal brick-and-wood structure overlooks the Qiantang River. Seen from the outside, the pagoda appears to tower 13 storeys on the hillside; inside you’ll find only seven storeys. This early version of a skyscraper offers postcard-worthy views of the river and city.

Buddhist Temples

Of Hangzhou’s several temples and monasteries, the most renowned is Lingyin Si, or the Temple of Soul’s Retreat. A highlight is the shimmering gold leaf–painted Buddha, one of China’s largest wooden statues. The temple is also noted for its caves and grottos, which feature religious carvings created by resident monks from the 10th to the 14th century.

Silk Street Shopping

Hangzhou has been known for centuries as China’s Silk Capital. The merchants of Xinhua Road and Jiankang Road make up the largest wholesale and retail silk market in China. In these pedestrian-only boulevards, you’ll find a bustling mix of old and new stores showcasing all varieties of Chinese silk.

Posted by Admin | Food & Beverage | Tuesday 1 October 2013 6:43 am

Selecting Chinese teas is a subject of knowledge. Here are 4 essential steps you need to know:

Looking: the shape of the suspensions, every leaf shape gap is not huge, and the appearance is not particularly difficult. First, look at the appearance of this kind of tea. Look to make people feel happy and comfortable, at the same time check the broken tea. Whether some yellow black tea mixed in the middle, and the entire tea looks no less luster or shine. Each leaf shape gap is not huge. The appearance is not particularly difficult.

Smelling: smell the aroma of good tea should be pure and without inclusions. The aroma of tea should be natural. After baking, it should be with a kind of fragrance after high temperature. In addition, it is important to note the aroma of tea drink should before and make tea aroma all the time. So it can be avoid to add spices.

Asking: ask the tea seller or tea friends and know more knowledge of tea. Each kind of tea should have a relatively clear route, especially the season of green tea. Because green tea is fresh tea. Businessmen should know the source of the goods and related information. Otherwise there is a problem. For the tea is true or false, it will be distinguishby yourself. If you can find some related information in advance and know about basic problems, it is more easy to choose the good green tea.

Brewing: at last try to drink yourself. Is it good tea or not, you can know that through drinking. People who love tea has its enjoy life. It is also unique to  understand the tea. Whether a tea is suitable for yourself and isn’t it nice, you can know only into his eloquence. So before buying, taste is essential.

Top 10 Chinese teas:

– Longjing (Dragon Well): Produced at Longjing village near the West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
– Biluochun: Produced at Wu County, Jiangsu.
– Huangshanmaofeng: Produced at Mt. Huangshan in Anhui.
– Junshan Silver Needle: Produced at Qingluo Island on Dongting Lake.
– Qimen Black Tea: Produced at Qimen County in Anhui.
– Liuan Guapian: Produced at Liuan County in Henan.
– Xinyang Maojian: Produced at Xinyang, Henan.
– Duyun Maojian: Produced at Duyun Mountain, Guizhou.
– Wuyi Rock Tea: Produced at Wuyi Mountain, Fujian.
– Tieguanyin: Produced at Anxi County, Fujian.

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