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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.