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Hangzhou at a Glance

In honor of the G20, the Hangzhou Tourist Commission joins hands with The Commercial Press to present the world with “Hangzhou at a Glance” – a helping hand for making Hangzhou your home. The main writer of the book is Christopher Cottrell who with 17 years of experience in travel writing has been writing for the Los Angeles Times and was the journalist for the CNN Travel Channel. Compared with traditional tour books, “Hangzhou at a Glance” is written based on travel interests and purposes and according to different types of travellers, distinctive tour itineraries, as outlined below, are recommended for an unforgettable travel experience.


Hangzhou Guide Book


Each chapter of the book is comprised of many in-depth travel articles which include an overall introduction and there are all kinds of international postcards, themed on Hangzhou, pictures of the city’s enchanting scenery and town as well as hand-drawn maps. The guidebook is also available in different formats according to the country of residence.


For History fans


West Lake

West Lake


To reminisce the glorious history of Hangzhou then head to the West Lake Scenic Area where history fans can visit temples, Buddhist pagodas, Jiangnan-style gardens and trace tragic yet beautiful love stories such as Legend of the White Snake in the Leifeng Pagoda and Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai in the Wansong Academy. Don’t forget to take a look for the origin of Hanzghou’s famous art forms such as seal-engraving, sigillography and calligraphy in the Xiling Seal-engravers' Society.


Grand Canal

Grand Canal


After the West Lake go ahead to experience the antiquity of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal which dating from the Sui Dynasty is the longest artificial canal in the world and then on to Hefang Street to experience the glorious history of Hangzhou as the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty.


For Nature Lovers


West Lake


Those keen on digging into natural ecological tourism avenues have simply got to see the unique urban and natural environment of Hangzhou. “Top Ten Views of the West Lake” is world-famous for reflecting an idealized fusion between humans and nature. The ecological environment in Hangzhou is amazing too! Places like the West Lake Water Bird Protection Zone and Hangzhou Botanical Gardens offer people spectacular places in which to watch a bird or two.


Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi


Those into hiking can go and conquer mountains around the West Lake such as the Northern Peak and Precious Stone Hill. In addition to that one can also head to Qiantang River to watch the spectacular tidal bore, enjoy the charms of the bamboo forest in the “Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi” and experience all the tea in China by picking tea leaves in Longjing Tea Plantation.

For Pilgrims


Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple


Lingyin Temple, the most celebrated place of interest around West Lake and one of the top ten Buddhist temples of China, is definitely a must-visit for pilgrims. Besides Lingyin, Jingci Temple, Three Temples at Tianzhu, Yongfu Temple and Taoguang Temple all have their stories to tell.

For Entrepreneurs


Qianjiang New City

Qianjiang New City


Hangzhou is a lively metropolis and is ideal for those wanting to start up their own business. The renowned Alibaba Group is located in the city. The banks of Qiantang River, already a popular business travel destination, is the home to many a high-tech enterprise and to Qianjiang New City which, combing functions of administration, finance, trade and commerce, fully displays the image of Hangzhou as an international business city.
 
For Culture and Art Fans


Impression West Lake

Impression West Lake


Culture and art fans should definitely check out the literature, painting, music and opera in Hangzhou. Since ancient times, Hangzhou has been the inspiration for numerous poems and verse. Poems like “The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best, “Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed” from Su Shi and “Among all the memorable sights in Jiangnan, Hangzhou left the deepest impression on me” from Bai Juyi, (both of whom are noted poets in ancient China ), are all there for you to appreciate.

After appreciating beautiful poems one can then head to Zhejiang Art Gallery and China’s Academy of Art to immerse oneself in art or watch Yuejue Opera and Kunqu Opera.

For Foodies


Hangzhou Cuisine

Hangzhou Cuisine


Hangzhou’s cuisine is definitely worth a bite into and one can even visit the Hangzhou Cuisine Museum to find out the background history of some of Hangzhou’s noted dishes such as Dongpo Pork, Shelled Shrimp with Longjing Green Leaves and West Lake Sour and Sweet Carp. In places like Hefang Street, Gaoyin Street and Shengli River Food Street you can taste all kinds of snacks and dishes.

There are also tailor made tour itineraries for shoppers, party goers, parents and health and fitness fanatics. To find out more then get your copy now.