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Hangzhou Travel - The "City of Heaven"   by Eric Xu with China Connection Tours

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Hangzhou Travel - The "City of Heaven"

Hangzhou is the "City of Heaven" and is beyond dispute the finest and noblest in the world, according to Marco polo, the great Italian traveler. Now it is renowned for its historic heritage and natural beauty and known as the most beautiful city in China. Hangzho is located in the northeast of Zhejiang Province, China. It is the capital of the province as well the provincial economy, politics, education and culture center.

Hangzhou was among one of the six ancient capitals (along with the present Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Kaifeng and Nanjing) in Chinese history. In the times of Wu & Yue and Southern Song Dynasty, Hangzhou reached its prime in terms of economic and political development.

A Hangzhou travel is regarded as an experience of the beautiful southern China's scenery and its rich historical heritage. One of Hangzhou's most popular sights is West Lake. The lake covers an area of 6 square kilometers and includes some of Hangzhou's most famous historic and scenic places. The area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills. There are "Ten Scenes of the West Lake", a collection of ten scenic views formed during the Southern Song Dynasty. They are distributed around and within the lake, and serve to show the charms of the West Lake - through a use of varying locations, varying seasons, and varying times of day. Each scene is unique, and when taken together, are said to present the essence of West Lake scenery, and form the core of any West Lake tour. Following you will have a chance to appreciate the tea ceremony art in the Tea Plantation. For the rest of the day enjoy your free time to explore this heavenly beautiful city.

Lingyin Si (also Soul's Retreat Temple) is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanghou, as well as one of the largest and wealthiest in China. Like most of the other landmarks in Hangzhou, Linyin Temple has witnessed numerous destructions and reconstructions. Nowadays, this temple is thriving as a destination for both pilgrims and tourists, home and abroad. It features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the Feilai Peak ("the peak that flew hither").

Hangzhou is also well known for its fame in silk industry and tea plantation. Hangzhou silk is best in the world since the past 1000 years from Tang Dynasty. Silk products are vast in Hangzhou, among which the Hangzhou Satin is the most famous and successful export products. The layered weaving process is labor intensive and produces fabulously luxurious fabric that feels great next on the skin. For visitors coming to Hangzhou, tailors are available everywhere who make dresses, shirts and other clothing from silk and satin, just within several days.

The West Lake Dragon Well Tea, grown on the hills surrounding the city, is Hanghzou's specialty. It is also called Longjing Tea, one of the best green teas in China. Dragon Well Tea is most famous for its unique fragrance and flavor; flat, slender strips of tea leaves in bright green liquid. Furthermore, Dragon Well Tea aids one's health in many ways regardless of your age. It is used to deter food poisoning, refresh the body, stop cavities, fight viruses, control high blood pressure, lower the blood sugar level, and to prevent cancer. Hence, Dragon Well Tea is regarded as the elixir for health and is widely sold and accepted all over the world.

Hangzhou Cuisine is the representative of Huaiyang Cuisine (in Zhejiang Province), one of China's eight cuisines. Hangzhou Cuisine is featured for freshness, tenderness, softness, smoothness and sweetness of its dishes with mellow fragrance. Famous dishes like West Lake Sour Fish, Dongpo Pork, Longjing Shrimp Meat, Jiaohua Young Chickens, Steam Rice Flower and Lotus Leave Wrapped Pork, etc. are widely known and loved home and abroad.

The climate in Hangzhou is humid subtropical with three distinctive seasons. The best time for the enjoyable Hangzhou tours is from spring to autumn.

Here is normal Hangzhou Highlight Tour that is from China Connection Tours:

Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival
Arrive in Hangzhou. Check into a hotel near the West Lake. Enjoy your free time around the lake.

Day 2 Hangzhou city tour with lunch.
Today you visit the beautiful West Lake by boating. After lunch for Hangzhou dishes in a local restaurant, you will visit the Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak and then the Six Harmony Pagoda. Of course you won't miss the Tea Plantation visit to enjoy the famous Dragon Well Tea.

Day 3 Hangzhou
Depart from Hangzhou, ahead for next destination.

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About the Author: China Connection Tours, an excellent China tour operator, has over twenty-years of experience in tour operating and specializes in custom China tours for individuals and groups; offers more than 300 China tour packages: Classical China tours, Yangtze tours, Yunnan tours, Tibet tours, Hangzhou tours ...

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Friendship Hotel Hangzhou
Friendship Hotel Hangzhou in Shangcheng District transforms business trips and vacations into an excellent hotel experience. Discover a harmony of diverse four-star luxuries that cater to both corporate needs and holiday pursuits at our Hangzhou hotel. We have versatile function halls, multicultural restaurants, and over 200 guestrooms. Some rooms even boast a view of the nearby West Lake. Executives on the go will also be glad to know that Friendship Hotel is located in Hangzhou’s business district, making travel to and from meetings convenient.
Hangzhou Hua Chen International
The four-star Huachen International Hotel in Hangzhou, China lets you take a different, refreshing approach to handling business. Huachen Hotel offers ritzy business facilities with Hangzhou’s lovely West Lake and gardens as setting. Host conferences or conduct meetings in one of China’s most beautiful cities, and find that corporate tasks can be leisurely done, too. For a change, feel richly rejuvenated and inspired while attending to your affairs. After accomplishing the day’s agenda, indulge in Huachen Hotel’s delicious buffets then hop to exciting shopping lanes right outside. Work truly becomes a vacation here.
Landison Longjing Resort Hangzhou
Landison Longjing Resort is ideally nestled in the historic Longjing Tea Plantation. It is less than 2 km from the West Lake and offers an outdoor swimming pool. Spacious rooms of Hangzhou Landison Longjing Resort are well equipped with flat-screen TVs, free internet and green tea bath amenities. Cha Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine, Southeast Asian specialties and Western favourites. The Aqua bar overlooks the pool and scenic surroundings, while T Lounge serves a unique tea menu and cocktail list. Resort Landison has a fitness centre, sauna and Jacuzzi for relaxation. A range of treatments and massages can be experienced at the T Spa.
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake and there are conference facilities available for up to 150 delegates. Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou is centrally located just a stone's throw from Xihutiandi, a cluster of commercial and recreational outlets. The hotel is just a short ride from the central train station and close to the international airport.
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