Zhejiang, featuring its long history, uniquely favorable natural environment and splendid culture, has become a well-liked tourism destination in China. TopChinaTravel would like to introduce some of the Best Places to visit in Zhejiang, to help you find your way to explore the unspoiled beauty of this coastal area. Where to visit in Zhejiang? Travel with us, just let us to be your guide and accompany with you to discover the charms between lakes and water towns.
As an old Chinese saying goes, 'There is heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below'. Centuries later, Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most charming city in the whole world. This is most evident in the West Lake area.
Hills embrace the lake on three sides; the city proper lies to the east. Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake area as a land of intoxicating beauty.
The West Lake, like a shining pearl inlaid on the vast land of China, is famous for its beautiful scenery, large number of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, as well as a profusion of native products. Legend has it that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth. It has inspired painters for centuries.
Lingyin Temple is definitely one of the ten most well known ancient Buddhist monasteries in China. In front of it are the Peak That Flew Here and the Cold Spring.
The current temple was rebuilt during the 19th century. The Hall of Mahavira (great hero) inside the temple is 33.6 meters in height. In the Hall, you can see he statue of Sakyamuni which is carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood. In front of the Hall are two pagodas of rock which were built in 960 AD.
There are majestic peaks along with sky-reaching ancient trees surrounded the temple. This temple is really a tourist attraction that can give tourists appealing places of historic interest, cultural relics and also agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc...
Today, the Six Harmonies Pagoda is under protection as a key national cultural relic; its brick-and-wood structure remains largely intact.
A few Song Dynasty inscriptions can still be found inside the pagoda now. The wooden corridors around the pagoda's thirteen floors were built in 1900. The pagoda stands 59.89 meters high. From here you can have a good view of the Qiantang River meandering far into the distance, which will give you unforgettable and breathtaking scenery.
There are over 200 sites of brick carvings in the pagoda; all these feature a wide range of motifs; and these brick carvings are rare material proofs of Chinese ancient architectures.
China Tea Museum is the only national museum in China that takes tea as its theme. It is located at the idyllic Longjing Tea Village in the beautiful West Lake Scenic Area. The museum displays all things related to tea, such as tea's history, the various tea, tea events, tea sets as well as tea customs in China.
China Tea Museum is clustered around the tea plantations. Inside the museum, the flower corridors, fake hills, ponds and water-side pavilions are well integrated. So they make it as the park in the south of the Changjiang River where has the clean atmosphere and can feel the closeness to nature.
Here, you can get comprehensive information of the Chinese tea culture. This museum is comprised of four groups of buildings which display the history and development of tea in China.
The 1,700-kilometer-long Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is a water conservancy project in ancient China. It begins at Beijing and ends at Hangzhou. It has played an important role in the development of water, conservancy and the economic along with cultural exchange between the northern part and the southern part. It now becomes a distinguishing cultural site.
Different from most rivers in China which flow from west to east, the Grand Canal is a connector between the north and south from the Yangtze River Valley to the northern part, linking Haihe River, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Yangtze River, and Qiantang River. Due to its running direction, the Grand Canal played am very important role during the ancient time in economic industry.
Xitang Water Town is level, densely distributed with rivers and has a very quiet natural environment. 9 rivers converge in this town, dividing it into 8 sections, but many bridges link this water town together (anciently called as "nine dragon old pearl" and "wind from 8 sides").
Inside the town, there are many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, which boast a higher artistry and study value, thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings.
Through a bird's-eye view of the whole town, green waves ripple everywhere and every family resides near water. In this town, people will feel that they are seemingly in an earthly paradise. It is hard to know that people exist in the picture or picture exists in the heart of people.
Even on a cold, rainy spring day, Wuzhen, a town surrounded by rivers, about 80 minutes south of Shanghai, has a special beauty which has not yet been overrun by tourists.
Wuzhen is built along rivers. Those rivers flow through the town; and main scenic spots all gather along rivers, which run 1.3 km from east to west. Tourists can walk through the long pavilion and in front of shops, as the cries of vendors rise and fall on the ear.
The air is full of the smells of fresh vegetables, walnuts, fish and shrimp. The signboards of coppersmiths and grain shops still swing in the wind, reminding tourists of their history, but the doors are tightly closed. The pavilion is the best place from which to view the architectural complex on the other side of the river; which include wood structure, black tiles on the roof, white walls and high eaves, etc...
Xikou is famous at home and abroad for its integrity of humane culture, Buddhist cultureas and scenic beauty. It is the right place where Maitreya Buddha practiced his Buddhist rites.
It is the home town of Mr. Chiang Kai-Shek, who was a significant historical people in Chinese history. Trace back to ancient times, this town was regarded as one of the "Ten Scenic Sights." This town is proud of its picturesque scenery as well as fantastic sceneries.
Here, there are too many things to do and see, such as looking around the Xikou Museum, Wuling Gate Tower, Wenchang Pavilion, Fenggao House, Yutai Salt Shop, Xuedou Temple and enjoying the unforgettable and interesting tour on Xuedou Mountain.
Baoguo Temple is really a thousand-year-old famous temple; also, it is one of the first cultural relic sites specified to be conserved in China.
The Grand Hall in Baoguo Temple is one of the oldest as well as best-preserved wooden structures in South Yangtze region of China, priceless to the country's architectural research. It offers fantastic values with regard to historians, artists and scientists.
One other amazing thing concerning this hall: no birds nestle here, no spiders weave webs here, no insects or ants crawl here, nor can you find much dust or dirt here. Reasons are: there was a strong pungently fragrant smell given off from the wood here, which drives away birds and insects; the lack of any dust through the entire hall may be accounted for through the undeniable fact that the air in the hall is in constant motion as a result of revolving wind brought on by the exquisite structure of the hall.
Tengtou Village is a famous eco-tourism attraction. It features in the virescence projects of eco-agriculture, stereoscopic agriculture along with blue sky and fresh water.
This village has become a unique eco-tourism spot and is well known all over the world. It is well installed with 500 accommodation capacity as well as 1,000 seating capacity for dinner. A lot of different kinds of meeting rooms cater to the various requirements of tourists.
Here, you can enjoy the fun of picking flowers and share the happiness of good harvest. Also, some other rural activities can be done, like grinding grains, forking fish and making rice cakes; all these will make you indulge in experiencing the primitive country life.