When I first started to explore Hangzhou, I was quite gobsmacked by how prosperous the city was. Just down the road from where I was staying were showrooms for Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls Royce and top-end designer shops such as Versace and Armani. It seems that Hangzhou has some money on its streets, in fact I saw a Ferrari and Rolls Royce being driven around.
CANAL3:THE NIGHT OF GRAND CANAL
In the evening the whole section of canal in Hangzhou is bright like a long dragon with bright pearls. Yachts come and go on the river; people on the yachts can see bright buildings and restaurants stand on the side; after supper lively residents often together, singing and dancing. All of this make us to connect with the prosperity of South Song Dynasty of 900 years ago.
- Historical Travel
CANAL2: CHINA GRAND CANAL MUSEUM
In 2006, the “China Grand Canal Museum” was built in Hangzhou. The museum is located on the Canal Culture Square, Gong Shu District, against the old bridge “Gong Chen Bridge”. The history, using, current situation and heritage of the canal are introduced in the museum. After visiting the museum you will get a complete understand about the Grand Canal.
- Historical Travel
CANAL1: WALKING PATH
There are two paths along the two riverside of the canal closely. You can walk on the path through the north area of Hangzhou city till town center-Wu Lin Square. If you feel a little tired you can have a rest on these benchs. You can enjoy green color and water wave leisurely.
Weeping willows like the veils and the river- a quiet girl.
When springtime comes winter jasmine blossom out everywhere. Traveler will sink into the sea of flower happily.
In the dusk the light of the setting sun is golden. Golden wave flashed on surface of the water. People often set on waterside to enjoy the fine view.
- Historical Travel
THE LONGEST CANAL IN THE WORLD
Do you know the longest canal in the world?
tell you about a brilliant section - the grand canal Hangzhou section
The Grand Canal of China also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, is the longest ancient canal or artificial river in the world. It passes through the cities of Beijing and Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, to the end: Hangzhou of Zhejiang. This brilliant river flow through the city center of Hangzhou. You can see the Canal clearly from "Air
I live closely beside this canal in Hangzhou. Every morning I can see driving boat on the river through my window. In the evening I often walking along the shore of canal. I like this rever and I would like to introduce it to you, gradually and continuously.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Hangzhou people don't like coffee shop or bar too much. (that might explains the bars mostly are all sucked) Their favourite is teahouse. The price depends on which tea you order, i paid 58 for one cup dragonwell tea, it comes with all the snacks and fruits. Plus, the waitress will fill water for you frequently.. So not too bad..
There are many tea houses around the lake, in Heng Fang pedestrian street. Shu Guang Rd is also known as the Tea streets.. Nice tea house..
Stinky toufu (deep fried beancurd)
It's famous, not because of the awful smell, but also the delicious taste. Local loves it, we also have in shanghai.. more or less are the same.. I like it.. especially with hot sauce.. :) My western friends have different reaction of trying it. Some love it... the others.. urhhhh... what about you tell me?
No "Xiao Jie"s! Say "Gu Niang" instead.
Contrary to what we are used to in Singapore, the ladies in the Jiangnan region (eg. Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi etc) do not like to be referred to as "xiao jie"...they prefer to be called "gu niang". The reason behind this is because in Jiangnan, the term "xiao jie" is commonly used to refer to women who work as hostesses in karaoke lounges, bars, etc. So, do not use this term, and say "gu niang" instead!
Do as the locals: Have a cuppa!
Whatever you do, when in Hangzhou you have to try one of the teahouses around the lake. Regardless of the time of year, this is one of my absolute favourite things to do.
Order a pot of tea (refills of water are included), some snacks and sit and enjoy for hours, either your company, your view of the lake or a book or magazine you brought along. The great thing about teahouses in China is that you are allowed to linger for as long as you want, to savour the tea, the moment and the atmosphere. No need to feel pressured to order some more so you can stay longer, here you can spend the whole afternoon with the same pot of tea leaves and good company.
There are lots of teahouses around the west lake, just pop into one and try your luck. Some have menus in English and/or pictures. My favourite is the Chatea by the Golden Buffalo (Nanshan Road).
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
Long Jing, or Dragon's Well, tea is among the most expensive teas in the world and only grows in a very small area to the west of Hangzhou city.
The prime time for harvesting Longjing tea bushes is from early April to October, when the hand-picking process starts. The leaves will be hand-picked three or four times per month from each bush during that period, with each picker able to pick around half a kilogramme of fresh leaves daily. The best tea is said to come from the leaves picked in early April, at the very beginning of the season. That half a kilogramme of fresh leaves will create around 100 grammes of finished tea leaves after the leaves have been dried.
Long Jing tea is available everywhere in Hangzhou, but it may be best to buy from a reputable shop or dealer, as it may be a lot of money to pay fro crushed up Liptons!
Entering many musea - parks you will see this kind of kettles.I was wondering about the function - Emily (Simcard) convinced me.
The kettle is a religious tool - not only a heating tool. People burn something inside so that the whole area smells of
OLD HANGZHOU PEOPLE - 4 (TWO GIRLS)
The sweet porridge made of rice and lotus seeds is a health and delicious food.
Here two girls are getting the lotus seeds coming off the from its shells and talking each other. They get the lotus seeds into a wooden basin before them. This peaceful scene you can see only here currently in Hangzhou because people can buy it from markets easily now.
OLD HANGZHOU PEOPLE - 3 (WATER PORTER)
Many years ago Hangzhou people used water from wells. There was a jar for saving water in every home. Water porters lifted water from wells and shouldered it to every home at that time for washing and cooking.
Please notice that the porter is stripped to the waist and the two barrels is made of wood.
OLD HANGZHOU PEOPLE - 1 (FOOT BINDING)
You can’t find old Hangzhou people now, but never mind, you can see them via city statue.
Here is a old woman washing clothes by hand. She is washing with a washboard and looking her son. probably you have noticed her feet was bounded. In the past people consider such beautiful.
BREAKFAST OF HANGZHOU PEOPLE
On a side of street or sidewalk, or a corner of street garden, you can see many snack stall keeper for breakfast. This vendors get up early every morning to sell his food. Many workers, clerks or students have thier breakfast on the way they are going to destination of thierself. The foods for breakfast are rich and varied, everyone always can select his favorite thing. At 8 oclock, these vendors stop thier sales and go back. These streets restore clean and perfect order.