Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital fo Zhejiang Province. It is located along the banks of the Qiantang River and at the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. One of the Seven Capitals of Ancient China. Hangzhou is an ancient cultural city and a major tourist city famous for the beautiful scenery on the West Lake. In the 13th century, Marco Polo praised Hangzhou as the most beautiful city in the world. The traditional local industry has been silk production, and Hangzhou’s silk products have found their way to many parts of the world ever since the Tang Dynasty. So did the elegantly fragrant high quality Long Jing tea.

West Lake: The lake was so named because it it located west of the city of Hangzhou. Covering about four square miles, West Lake is surrounded on three sides by rolling wooded hills. At the center are three isles-Lesser Yingzhou, Mid-lake pavilion and Ruanggong Isle. There are many places of interest in the lake area: Spring Dawn at Sudi Causeway, Melting Snow at Broken Bridge, Sunset Glow over Leifeng Hill, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, Autumn Moon on Calm Lake (a lakeside park at the west end of the Bai Causeway), Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willows, Viewing Fish and Lotus Ponds at Flower Harbor, Evening Bell at Nanping Hill, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds. Temple of the Soul’s Retreat: The temple, lying at the foot of Mt. Lingyin(the Soul’s Retreat), is one of the most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. The main hall, 33.6 meters high, is one of China’s tallest one-story buildings, further distinguished by double eaves. A statue of Sakyamuni, carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood, stands 19.6 meters high in the main hall. It is said that if you could dream in the temple, what you have dreamed would become the reality.

Chinese Tea Museum: On display is the history of Chinese tea. Visitors can also enhoy drinking various teas.

Thousand-Island Lake: 160 kilometers from downtown Hangzhou, the lake is located in the Fuchun-Xin’an river region, a state-level scenic spot. There are 1,078 islands of various size on the upper reaches of the Fuchun River; hence the name.

The Pagoda of Six Harmonies: The pagoda, 60 metres tall, was built in the year 970. Made of brick and wood, it is a representative master-piece of ancient Chinese architecture. The top floor of the pagoda provides a panoramic view of the rough-and-tumble Qiantang River.

China Silk Museum: A national institution, the China Silk Museum tells the story of the Chinese silk industry over the last 5,000 years.

General Yue Fei’s Tomb: The tomb lies at the southern foot of the Qixia Mountain Range. General Yue Fei(1103-1142) is a national hero of the Southern Song Dynasty, who was put to death as a result of a political frame -up engineered by a treacherous courn official. His story is well known by everybody in China.

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