A popular honeymoon destination, Hangzhou is a place for leisure and sensual pleasure. As the capital of Zhejiang Province, it lies on the banks of Qiantang River about 97 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Hangzhou is famous for being the southern terminus for the Grand Canal, a massive waterway that once connected the city to Beijing in the north. Now Hangzhou is a quaint provincial town that is best-known for its scenic attractions, such as the beautiful West Lake. Throughout history its beauty has frequently been recorded by locals and foreigners alike. Early China traveller Marco Polo, for instance, wrote about its captivating women and lovely temples and gardens. Although some of its historical buildings have been destroyed over the centuries, parts of the town
remain almost unchanged.
The picturesque crystal waters of West Lake are surrounded on three
sides by rolling wooded hills. In the center sit three beautiful islands
connected by immense causeways, which are the result of water-control
work done in the Tang and Song dynasties. The entire lake is
ornamented with elegant stone bridges and charming pavilions.
West Lake is a must-see for all visitors to this region.
Hefang Old Street
Hefang Old Street is a lively pedestrian shopping street featuring Chinese crafts, snacks, silk, tea houses, old fashioned movie players, bonsai shops and souvenirs. It’s a great place to stop to shop on a tour to China from Canada.
This celebrated Chan (Zen) Buddhist temple is believed to have been founded in 326 AD. The structure has been destroyed a number of times, and the current building dates from the late Qing Dynasty. The temple is set in a beautiful wooded area with trees believed to be about 1,000 years old, with a stream running through it. China tourists won’t want to miss the Great Hall and the famous laughing Buddha. The Buddha is carved in camphor wood and covered in gold and dates back to the 10th century.
Pagoda of Six Harmonies
This was built in 970 AD to serve as a lighthouse. It is 60 metres high with seven floors inside and 13 outside. The pagoda is also known as the Liuhe, and offers fantastic views.
The Hangzhou Brocade Factory, founded in 1922, employs nearly
2,000 workers designing and weaving brocade, bedspreads,
tablecloths, wall hangings and various gifts. Authentic Hangzhou
brocade products make great souvenirs to bring back from a