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