West Lake is a previous natural gift of Hangzhou as an apple of the eye. Located in the west part of Hangzhou, embraced by green hills by three sides, this lake is reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products.
Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake as a place of intoxicating beauty for its serenity water surface and the long narrow river levee that full of sense of “willow down and flowers reign”. Legend goes that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth. Pragmatists insist that it is a mere lagoon on Hangzhou’s western fringe. In any case, West Lake has inspired painters for centuries.
Located to the northwest of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, also known as Yunlin Temple, is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China.
The existent temple was rebuilt during the 19th century. The Hall of Mahavira (great hero) inside the temple is 33.6 meters in height, and the statue of Sakyamuni (563? – 483 BC) in the Hall, was carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood. In front of the Hall are two pagodas of rock which were built in 960 AD of the Song Dynasty.
Surrounded the temple are majestic peaks and sky-reaching ancient trees; it is really a tourist attraction that can offer you appealing places of historic interest, cultural relics as well as agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc.
Six Harmonies Pagoda
Located on the Yuelun Hill, to the south of West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, under protection as a key national cultural relic today, was constructed first in 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty to suppress the tidewaters. Today the brick-and-wood structure of the Six Harmonies Pagoda remains largely intact.
In the pagoda there are more than two hundred sites of brick carvings, which feature a wide range of motifs, including megranate, lotus, phoenix, peacock, parrot, lion, kylin and so on. These brick carvings are rare material proofs of Chinese ancient architectures.
With a view of Qiantang River, the pagoda presents a quiet image of age-old majesty. Looking out from the top of the pagoda, sightseers can see as far as the misty horizon, enjoying the unforgettable, breathtaking scenery.
Wuzhen Water Town
With a history of over 1,300 years, only 80 km to the northeast of Hangzhou, Wuzhen Water Town is one of the 4 grand Ancient Towns of Yangtze, which still well preserved its late Qing Dynasty style layout and water system – the whole town is built along the rivers, while the river courses crisscrossed in the town. Water and Town, Wuzhen is a particularly elegant blend of nature and culture. Enjoys superb climate and geographical conditions, Wuzhen is also a place where people called “the land of fish and rice”.
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.
Famous attractions: Former Residence of Mao Dun, Old Street of the West Gate, Wenchang Pagoda
Hu Qingyu’s Traditional Pharmacy
Hu Qingyu’s Traditional Pharmacy which locates at the foot of Wushan hill in the beautiful city of Hangzhou is the only state-level professional one in China.
Built on the foundation of a group of old buildings of Hu Qing Yu Tang traditional Chinese Pharmaceutical Factory, the museum presents to visitors a style of antique architecture besides a treasury of traditional Chinese medical science and technology.
The museum, covering more than 4000 square meters of building area, consists of five parts: an exhibition hall, a hall of medicine preparation by manual labour, a health care clinic, a sales department and a restaurant of medicinal diets.
In the traditional Chinese health care clinic in the museum, famous doctors with unique achievements will provide health care services to visitors.