Westlake in fall...
Hangzhou is a key tourist city, a historic cultural city and one of the seven ancient capitals of China. It's the capital of Zhejiang Province. It has many beautiful names, such as: Town of Fish and Rice, Home of Silk, State of Culture, Capital of Tea and Land of Tourism. West Lake, West Lake, West Lake, West Lake, West Lake, West Lake.................. ^_^
Hu Qing Yu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum
This museum is the only state-level professional Chinese medicine museum in China. Hu Qing Yu Tang was a Chinese pharmacy which began business in 1874. People regarded it as the 'King of Medicine' in southern China. Hu Xueyan, the first boss of the pharmacy, was not only a successful businessman but also a high-class official in the imperial court. In China's feudal society, people doing business were widely looked down upon whereas state officials were highly respected.
The museum consists of five parts: the Exhibition Hall, the Medicine Preparation Hall, the Chinese Health Care Clinic, the Restaurant of Medicinal Diet and the Sales Department. The Exhibition Hall introduces the development of Chinese medicine, including its origin, the life of well-known doctors in its long history, famous books of medical science and China's medicine exchange with foreign countries, etc. In the Medicine Preparation Hall, the museum's staff also performs the arts of traditional pharmaceutics. If you are interested, you can even try it yourself. In the Chinese Health Care Clinic, visitors have the opportunity to receive Chinese-style health care served by experienced doctors. The Restaurant of Medicinal Diet provides visitors with numerous medicinal diets which are good for human health. The Sales Department sells Chinese medicine from almost all parts of China.
Hanging out in Hang-zhou
like all great civilisations, there are many stories to be told and yes, that includes culinary stories. well, it's thanks to these two historical characters from Hangzhou that chinese dough fritters were born.
Qinkui, a high ranking official, plotted the death of a well-respected and much-loved general with his wife. the commoners hated them so much, they wanted to fry them in boiling oil and did that with a dough substitute.
it's a legend as far as i'm concerned but boy, those dough firtters sure are sinfully good.
stepping into hangzhou is akin to entering a land of myths and legends. everything has a story to be told. but if you ask me, it's the culinary stories that are the most digestable.