Category Archives: Hangzhou Attractions

Peak Flown From Afar

Each attraction has a story of its own. You can have a tour guide to get a better understanding of its history. Every stone Buddha in Peak Flown From Afar has its own story and has its own history. You can feel it with your heart. The environment is very fresh and refined, and the surrounding development is also very good. The northern peak behind Lingyin scenic spot also has a hiking trail, which is very suitable for hiking.

The stones on the mountain wall of Peak Flown From Afar have many Buddhist sculptures, and each sides has a lot of carvings, which is a bit like the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, and there is also One Line Sky. There is a small place on the huge cave to see the sky. Behind it, there is the pattern of the Western Heaven, and various auspicious patterns of the Buddha. In addition, calligraphy works can be carefully appreciated in the Peak Flown From Afar. It is an awesome scenic spot which features rivers, green hills, stone carvings, birds, fish, towering trees, green shades, etc. and the temple stands tall and has its own characteristics.

Peak Flown From Afar is a must-see destination in Hangzhou, which is rich in human history and natural history. There are mountains and water, and if you live in Hangzhou, you can go there once a week, as exercise. If you go to Hangzhou to travel, it is suitable to go to the Peak Flown From Afar at 7:30 a.m. to avoid the crowded people! Every scene in the Peak Flown From Afar is full of buddhist mood, and it is suitable for walking slowly, calm down your mood!

The scenery of Peak Flown From Afar is really good. Whether it is the scenery on the mountain or the Lingyin Temple under the mountain, it is very enjoyable. As a famous old attraction in Hangzhou, Peak Flown From Afar is a very good place to climb mountain and worship Budda.

Thousand Islets Lake

Thousand Islets Lake is located in the western suburbs of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 129 kilometers east of Hangzhou and 130 kilometers west of Huangshan. It is the famous attraction in the famous travel itinerary line of Hangzhou – Thousand Islets Lake – Huangshan, which features famous city, famous lake and famous mountain. It forms an organic tourism network with Hangzhou West Lake, Anhui Huangshan, Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Water Town, Jiangxi Wuyuan, Sanqingshan, Fujian Wuyishan and other scenic spots. Thousand Islets Lake is located in the center of Zhejiang-Chongqing regional tourism cooperation, and from large cities such as Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, and Fujian, you can go straight to Thousand Islets Lake from the high-speed road.

Thousand Islets Lake covers an area of ​​573 square kilometers and is named after 1078 lush green isles in the lake. The water body of 17.8 billion cubic meters is four times that of Taihu Lake and can be 3000 West Lakes in Hangzhou. The visibility of water body is kept at 9-12 meters. Thousand Islets Lake is characterized by “Thousand Islands, Clear Water, Golden Belt (a layer of golden yellow soil belt around the island and the lake, which is called the “Golden Belt”). The island is like a jade; its water is like a veiled girl, showing the tender feeling; its girdle is like a ring of gold in the emerald, and under the sun’s rays, it shines brightly and dazzlingly.

When you are walking by the lake and look into the distance, you can see countless large and small islands in front of you. And when you are sitting on a speedboat to shuttle on the Thousand Island Lake, the cool breeze will drive the summer heat, to make you feel comfortable. If you want to see the most beautiful scenery of Thousand Island Lake, just climb up the top of Meifeng Island, from where you can see more than 300 islands of Thousand Island Lake, as well as Longshan Island, Lock Island, etc., all have their own unique scenery.

Mountain Putuo

Mountain Putuo and Wutai Mountain in Shanxi, Mount Emei in Sichuan, and Jiuhua Mountain in Anhui Province are also known as the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is the dojos of Guanyin Bodhisattva to educate all beings. Mountain Putuo is one of the 1390 islands in the Zhoushan Islands. It is covering an area of nearly 13 square kilometers. It faces the Shenjiamen of the Zhoushan Islands across the sea. It is known as the “Haitian Buddha Kingdom” and the “South China Sea Holy Land”. It is said to be the first batch of national key scenic spots.

On May 8, 2007, the Mountain Putuo Scenic Spot in Zhoushan City was officially approved by the National Tourism Administration as a national 5A-level tourist scenic spot. “There are mountains on the sea and mountains are in illusory scene.” Mountain Putuo has become a famous tourist destination both at home and abroad because of its magic, sacredness and mystery.

Mountain Putuo is long and narrow in the north and south and covers an area of about 12.5 square kilometers. The scenery on the island is hustle and bustle, the cave is strange, the temples are ancient, and the clouds are winding. Putuo Mountain is also known as the mountain with clear water and beautiful scenery. Being the sea mountain, the Putuo Mountain fully shows the beauty of nature of the sea and the mountains. It looks more beautiful and majestic when it is connected with the mountain and the sea.

Mountain Putuo is a Guanyin Dojo, and a Buddhist shrine, whose religious activities can be traced back to Qin dynasty. In the Tang Dynasty, the rise of the Maritime Silk Road promoted the formation of the Guanyin Dojo in Mountain Putuo and quickly became the center of Han Buddhism and spread to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, the whole mountain had formed three major temples, 88 Buddhist temples, and 128 thatched sheds. No matter what the size of the temple is, it is dedicated to Guanyin Tuas. It can be said that it is the “hometown of Guanyin”.

Six Harmonious Pagoda

After you climb the Six Harmonious Pagoda, you can watch the panoramic view there, which is truly spectacular and worthy a look! Six Harmonious Pagoda actually has 13 layers, seven layers can be seen and the other six layers are invisible and each double layer cannot be climbed up, so when you climb up 1 layer, it is actually equivalent to two layers of tower height. Each layer is hanging with one plaque that is said to be titled with four words starting from one to seven by Kangxi. It is also a reminder of the floor for the descendants. Because the tower has a long history, the stairs are rotating, the steps are very narrow and a little steep. There is a circle on each floor to see the Qiantang River. The top of the tower is the highest and best observation point to view the Qiantangjiang River! Even if the visibility is not very high, you can still feel the broad river.

Because it won’t take too much time to finish your visit in the Six Harmonious Pagoda scenic area, so it is not recommended to stay overnight in the surrounding area, because as it is close to the scenic spot, the price of the hotel is much higher. Hangzhou’s special snacks are good. You can arrange the time to try it. For Six Harmonious Pagoda, you can arrange it for half a day to visit. Yes, you can also arrange 1-day trip go to Songcheng scenic area to have a visit and experience the night view of Hangzhou. The per capita consumption will be around 150 yuan a day, which is still good.

The Six Harmonious Pagoda in Autumn is more beautiful, with leaves of various colors, and the tower’s architecture, you will feel it captivating. The autumn scenery is also colorful in the scenic spot. It is very convenient to the bus station and parking lot of Six Harmonious Pagoda. If you are lucky, you can also go to the nearby river to see the tides of the Qiantang River.

Nanxun Watertown

Nanxun ancient town is the new national 5A-level tourist scenic spot, and compared with Wuzhen and other over-developed Jiangnan water towns, tourists and commercial atmosphere in Nanxun Ancient Town are less, so it is worth a visit. Located in Nanxun District of Huzhou City, Nanxun ancient town is located at the junction of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was a famous silk town in the south of the Yangtze River. It is an ancient town in the south of the Yangtze River with abundant human resources and features the combination of Chinese and Western architecture. The Nanxun ancient town is divided into three major blocks. The first piece is the Nanxun tourist attraction enrichment area, where Zhang Shiming’s former residence and Liu’s Ladder are distributed. The second block is a central scenic spot consisting of Xiaolianzhuang, Jiayetang and Wenyuan. The third block is the former residence of Zhang Jingjiang and the northeast block, which is mainly at the east of Dongda Street.

The cross river formed by the Nanshi River, Dongshi River, Xishi River and Baoshan River in the ancient town is a skeleton of the ancient town. In the meantime, there are many rivers criss-crossing. Streets and houses are distributed along the river, and they follow the river to Nandong Street and Nanxi Street. The streets are connected in series to form a cross-shaped pattern. The commercial streets are formed on both sides of the Cross River. There is not only the residence, the Jiangnan water towns along the river and the street, but also many high-quality private houses and Jiangnan gardens, forming the block features that harmonizes the bridges and the mansion gardens.

There are many delicious foods in Nanxun, such as mulberry wine, Huntun, big rice-pudding, stinky tofu, smoked bean tea, orange cake, mulberry leaf tea, glutinous rice candy, ham stir-fried screws, steamed white water fish, mulberry dried fruit and other foods. The fried fish noodles in various restaurants in Nanxun ancient town is very special and worth a try.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu is a village hidden deep in tea mountain. When you are there, you will wonder how happy people lives here, as there is good environment and air and it is like a fairyland on earth. In the morning, mist lingers in Meijiawu, and the rainy clouds shrouded. For the tea in the mountains, the fog around it makes it a smart world, which is cool, pure, and ethereal. There is green scenery here and there, and you can close your eyes and listen quietly. The insects in the grass and the various birds are melodious. When the breeze blows, and the various leaves are intertwined and undulate. Between the flower and bamboo rhyme, you want to try to identify the fragrance, but the harder you work, the more you look for it, then the harder you can make it clear. For the transparency of the glass, when you are looking out through the pure water, it becomes a cup of tea without any impurities, and the yellow-green water shadow is pure and tolerant, and the cup is calm.

For the households under the mountains in Meijiawu, almost every household has their own tea garden, and now they no longer use the tea as a livelihood, but tea is a love that they have passed down from generation to generation. It is a habit that has already been integrated into life. It is an annual hope. Some residents along the street set up parasols, open small teahouses, and the small farmhouses are simple and natural. The tea is mellow and carries the charm of Jiangnan culture. The quaint signboards engrave the landscape and aura, waiting for the people to come to Meijiawu, to taste a cup of fragrant tea.

Special Note

Try to avoid weekends and small holidays when you make your trip to Meijiawu Tea Plantation. At that time, there are a lot of tourists, and most of them are traveling by car. Parking is difficult.

Xitang Ancient Town

When you make your trip to Xitang Ancient Town from Shanghai, the Shanghai Bus Terminal and South Bus Station have direct bus to Xitang Ancient Town. It is very convenient. You can book an inn on the Internet and tell the boss to pick up you in the station (provided the boss is not busy). If the inn is inside the scenic spot and you don’t want to see the 11 small attractions inside, the tickets for the scenic spots can be saved. And there will be free of charge for the ancient town before 8:00 o’clock in the morning and after 17:00 o’clock in the afternoon. As long as it is not during holiday, you can pick the inns one by one until you feel satisfied with yourself (the small alley in the ancient town is full of inns).

The Xitang ancient town features small bridge and flowing water, and green waves; and old alleys with hundreds of old stone paved roads of different lengths. When you are there, you will feel the quietness of the alleys; and well-preserved Ming and Qing architectures which are characterized by powder wall tiles, even more make the ancient town picturesque. When the night comes, you can take the sculling boat and experience the night view of Xitang on the water, which will be very enjoyable for you.

It is indeed the most worthwhile place to visit in all the ancient towns. Xitang during the day and night is not the same. The ancient town during the day is quiet. There are no rocking bars. It is quiet and comfortable. And you will feel it fresh and feel a bit similar like Lijiang Ancient Town. Every place is worth making a photo, and sitting on a wooden chair by the river, soaking up the sun, blowing the air and looking at the scenery is great.

Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen is located in Tongxiang City, adjacent to Nanxun District of Huzhou City in Zhejiang Province. It has a long history of more than 1,300 years. It belongs to the six major water towns in the south of the Yangtze River. Whether it is from Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, you can take a high-speed rail, or take the intercity express free travel, and a day trip to there, as it features great accessibility.

If you go to the East Bank of the Wuzhen Water Town, you will enter from West Street and follows the river to the Shuangyuan Bridge to the opposite attraction area. Go along the bank all the way until the Mao Dun Memorial Hall. From the exit, there is a drama stage as well as the Chinese shadow puppetry. Going left and going straight, you will reach the Huiyuan pawn shop. And these are the attractions on East Bank. Then you can go back to the hotel to have a rest and go to play the West Bank at 16:00 or 17:00 pm. There is a free boat ride to the opposite side of Anyuan Square. You can have a play by following the attractions, mainly along the bank of the river. To sum up, during the day, you can look at the old houses at East Bank, and the night tour of West Bank is the highlight of Wuzhen. The overall feeling will be very good.

There are many hotels and inns in the West Bank area, all of which are managed by the government. The cost ranges from low to high. Living in the scenic area is convenient for you to play, and you can better experience the night scene of West Bank. There are also many hotels and inns outside the scenic spot, and the price is cheaper than that of the scenic area.

Special Note:

  1. Sitting on sculling boat is a very popular experience in Wuzhen, which is available on both East Bank and West Bank. The boat must wait till there are full of person on the boat.
  2. You can go to the old post office to send a postcard to your relatives or friends, and they will see a unique postmark when they receive it.
  3. During the holiday or Wuzhen Drama Festival, Wuzhen is very crowded, you’re your accommodation in the West Bank area needs to be booked early.

LingYin Temple

Adjacent to the West Lake, LingYin Temple is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in China and one of China’s top ten ancient temples, which is retaining many fine cultural relics of various dynasties. It has collected a lot of Treasures in the Temple: The “Yunlin Temple” horizontal inscribed board hanging on the Hall of Heavenly Kings is titled by Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty; the Daxiong Hall is dedicated to the statue of Sakyamuni in the largest woodcarving Buddha statue in China. There are Buddhist relics in the temple, such as the ancient Beiye scriptures, and the Ming Dynasty’s writings of Diamond Sutra. There are many fantastic and varied caves on the mountain. There are more than 340 Buddhist statues in the five generations. It is a rare ancient stone art treasure in Jiangnan. Here is the birthplace of Jigong. It is said that the wish here is very effective, and the pilgrims who come to worship the Buddha every day are so a lot.

Official telephone number of LingYin Temple: 0571-87968665

Time reference for visiting: 1-3 hours

Transportation: Take bus No. 7, 807 and tour 1, 2, 4 and get off at Lingyin Station.

Tickets: Feilai Peak: 45 RMB; Lingyin Temple: 30 RMB (Monday-Sunday during January 1 to December 31)

Tips: You must first purchase tickets for the Feilai Peak Scenic Spot when you enter Lingyin Temple. In the morning before 05:30, entering the Feilai Peak Scenic Area is free of charge.

Opening hours: 07:00-18:15; stop ticketing time: 17:30; stop admission time: 17:45 (Monday-Sunday from January 1st – December 31st)

Tips: during Buddha’s birthday, national holidays, the Linyin Temple will be open 30 minutes in advance in the morning.

The architecture of Lingyin Temple is not awkward, not even as good as the temple style that you have seen before. However, between the mountains and rivers, between the words “Buddha” at the door, people feel sacred and pious. You can order the incense and mourn your hopes with great enthusiasm.

West Lake

You may have heard from the adults that ” Up in heaven there is a paradise. Down on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. ” Suzhou and Hangzhou are as beautiful as paradise on earth. Hangzhou, known as “paradise on earth”, is inlaid with a shining pearl, that is, the West Lake.

When you come to the West Lake to board the cruise ship, and the cruise ship slowly proceeds to the center of the lake. Staring at the river, the river is so calm, with only a small ripple. The waves sparkle and the water ripples, the surface of the water is glowing. You can see the broken bridge. The bridge in the fog is gray, and the Bai Causeway is like a black ribbon, with the waves rolling up and down. Looking to the shore, a breeze blew, and the willow branches on the lake dance like a dancer with green wide sleeves to welcome you. The gesture was charming and moving. The beauty of the West Lake lies not only in the lake, but also in the mountains surrounding the West Lake. There are Longjing mountain, Yanxialing, Nanpingshan, Lantau Peak, Lingyin mountain, BeiGaoFeng, and Mount Edelstone. They are like the heart of the moon and hold up the pearl of the west lake.

The scenery of the West Lake is superb, the lake is quite comfortable, and the public facilities are also perfect. It’s great to have a leisurely appreciation on the scenery around while sitting on the lakeside stools. The West Lake is a must-see spot in Hangzhou. There is fountain in the evening, in the northeast corner of the San Park, you need to go to there early to occupy a good position. When visiting the broken bridge, the night view is awesome. The West Lake is full of scenery. If you have time, look for one or two small scenes, walk slowly, breathe in the fresh air, and think about life. You don’t have to play it once, use the free time to make reasonable arrangements.

If you go to the West Lake by subway, then take the subway to Longxiangqiao Station, Exit C is Yintai, and then go straight along Yintai to the West Lake, and then go slowly to the right along the shore of the West Lake. And the broken bridge is about one kilometer far away. Just enjoy your travel in West Lake.