Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

Fun in Hangzhou’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience Spots

Intangible cultural heritage represents the distinctive charm of a city and carries the collective memories of the masses.


Recently, the Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism has carried out the evaluation work of the first group of Hangzhou Municipal Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience Centers. 


After several evaluation procedures, four places in Xihu District have been chosen and named the first group of Hangzhou Municipal Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience Centers. They are Hangzhou Meilong Tea Culture Communication Center (杭州梅龙茶文化传播中心), Xixi Little Flower Basket Bamboo Weaving Shop (西溪小花篮竹编铺), Guishan Kiln Ceramics Museum (贵山窑陶瓷馆), Hangzhou West Lake Longjing Tea Museum (杭州西湖龙井茶博物馆).


Follow our steps to feel the charm of intangible cultural heritage …


Hangzhou Meilong Tea Culture Communication Center 杭州梅龙茶文化传播中心


Hangzhou Meilong Tea Culture Communication Center is located inside Longwu Tea Town (龙坞茶镇). It’s dedicated to spreading the excellent tea culture of Hangzhou. It is the demonstration center of Xihu District tea culture, and a key start-up practice base in Hangzhou, etc.


Here, you can learn and experience various courses about Jiu Qu Hong Mei* (九曲红梅), including picking tea leaves, making tea, tea ceremony and tea culture, so as to have an in-depth understanding of the Jiu Qu Hong Mei Culture, a provincial intangible cultural heritage.


*Jiu Qu Hong Mei is another knockout product of Xihu District besides Longjing Green Tea. It is a treasure among black teas.


Xixi Little Flower Basket Bamboo Weaving Shop 西溪小花篮竹编铺


Hangzhou Bamboo Weaving Technique Xixi Little Flower Basket Experience Museum is located on the second floor of Xixi Little Flower Basket Bamboo Weaving Shop at 1-15 Hezhu Street (河渚街) of Xixi National Wetland Park. It can accommodate 30 people at a time to experience making little flower baskets under the guidance of instructors and understanding the spirits of Chinese craftsmen and the charm of intangible cultural heritage.


Here, you can learn about the history of Xixi Little Flower Basket and its recent development as well as a series of innovations involving Xixi Little Flower Basket. 


Here, you can see various types of handicrafts made of bamboo. Meanwhile, it provides raw materials and the on-site training by the provincial inheritor of the little flower basket, Hong Liping (洪立萍), who will take you by the hand and teach you to how to make the little flower basket, so that you can experience the distinctive charm of making handicrafts.  


Here, you can get an in-depth understanding of the cultural meaning carried by the intangible cultural heritage: it is not only a treasure of Chinese civilization, but also an important component of human civilization.


Guishanyao Ceramic Art Museum 贵山窑陶瓷馆


Hangzhou Xixi Guishanyao Ceramic Art Museum is located in the beautiful Xixi National Wetland Park. It mainly displays the modern Yue Kiln celadon ware created by Ji Xigui (嵇锡贵), a national-level intangible cultural heritage inheritor. 


In the meantime, the museum exhibits fine ceramics with local features like the Southern Song Official Kiln from time to time. The museum is open to the public for free. Relying on the rich tourism resources of Xixi National Wetland Park, it aims to let more people know about Yue Kiln celadon ware, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.


Guishanyao Ceramic Art Museum mainly displays the intangible cultural heritage works of the two Chinese arts and crafts masters, Ji Xigui and Guo Linshan (郭琳山). It has set up a ceramic studio, which takes the inheritance of intangible cultural heritage as the main task, and currently carries out two projects, ceramic art molding experience, and ceramic cup painting experience.


Hangzhou West Lake Longjing Tea Museum 杭州西湖龙井茶博物馆


Situated at the Longwu Tea Town, the Longwu Branch of Hangzhou West Lake Longjing Tea Museum has three floors and covers an area of 1400 square meters. With over 800 relics and historical documents unearthed and inherited in Hangzhou, it uses originals to manifest the history and culture of West Lake Longjing Tea, showing the real color, real taste, and real fragrance of Longjing tea. The top-quality Longjing tea with the fragrance of tender beans shows a unique charm and brilliance.


The museum now houses over 26,000 books, covering various categories such as literature, art, regional chronicles, and picture books. Since it’s called the tea culture theme library, there are naturally a lot of tea-related books here, covering tea aesthetics, tea literature, tea techniques, tea science … which are neatly arranged on the shelves in different categories.