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Culture of Hangzhou. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

For decades, remarkable West Lake has been the most frequently visited landmark in Hangzhou. The lake is also famous under one more name - Xi Hu. Many years ago, it was located in the heart of the city, but Hangzhou was growing and its geographical center shifted due to the expansion of industrial and business districts. Currently, West Lake is located in the western part of the city. This part of Hangzhou is particularly beautiful and is perfectly suitable for walking. The lake has three manmade islands, one of which has a beautiful pagoda.
There are many places that will appeal to children of all ages in Hangzhou. A visit to Hangzhou Songcheng Park will be a combination of entertainment and an introduction to the foreign … Open
Here tourists can make an excursion to the islands, walk on the beautiful arched bridge and picturesque park areas that surround the major natural landmark of Hangzhou. The vibrant district of Xi Hu Tyandi is on the southern shore of the lake. This part of the city is particularly popular with fans of shopping and Chinese food. Here, on picturesque streets, tourists will find many interesting shopping pavilions, charming cafes, and restaurants that serve guests till late at night.
There is one more interesting nature landmark that is a must-visit place in Hangzhou - Feilai Feng Mount. The 209-meter tall mountain is an exceptionally interesting place not only from the natural but also from the historical point of view. There are caves with interesting rock drawings in the mountain. These drawings were made hundreds of years ago. In total, there are more than 500 images of Buddha and even stone statuettes in the caves. According to scientists, some of these drawings were made yet at the beginning of the 10th century, and this fact makes Feilai Feng Mount a landmark of the country level. Copyright
Hangzhou attracts more and more tourists every year. A trip to China is an opportunity to get acquainted with the diverse local cuisine for them. Today, the city is essentially the capital … Open
Fans of excursions will find it exciting to visit numerous cultural centers in Hangzhou, with Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine being one of the most famous and widely visited. This museum is open in the building of an ancient former pharmacy. The architecture complex was expanded significantly, so nowadays there’s enough space to exhibit the large and incredibly interesting collection of precious artifacts. There is also an old workshop in the museum. Several centuries ago, local doctors used it to make medicines. Don’t forget to visit the restaurant that is open at the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine as it has an interesting peculiarity – the restaurant offers only “healthy” dishes, many of which indeed have a healing effect.
Hangzhou China National Tea Museum is a no less interesting place to explore. This museum is open in a picturesque place and is surrounded by tea plantations. Among the items exhibited there, visitors will find gorgeous tableware used for tea ceremonies more than a thousand years ago. There is also the so-called “hall of traditions”, in which visitors can see how elegant and multifaceted the tea ceremony is. After an exciting excursion, all visitors head to the beautiful tea hall where they can try the best sorts of the popular drink. By the way, it’s possible to buy premium tea in the shop nearby.
Many important dates for the Chinese are celebrated on a large scale in Hangzhou. For example, one of the largest and most colorful Dragon Boat Festival across the country is held here. No … Open
Silk manufacturing is also one of the most authentic and interesting traditions in Hangzhou. In order to learn more about it, don’t forget to visit the National Museum of silk . The museum opened relatively not long ago, in 1992. Magnificent silk outfits make up the biggest share of the museum’s exhibition. There is also a large collection of photographs that illustrate the development of the industry. The hall of the mulberry silkworm is definitely one of the most exciting parts of the museum. The National Museum of Silk regularly hosts various interesting events, master classes, and performances in some way or another connected with silk. This Hangzhou museum is the largest cultural center dedicated to silk in the world.
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♥   Palace 'Hangzhou Imperial Palace' , 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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♥   Art museum 'Zhejiang Provincial Museum' Hangzhou, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Swimming pool at Holiday Inn Pudong Kangqiao

From the series “Most Scary Swiiming Pools”
The original pool is a major attraction for many travelers. They choose the Holiday Inn Pudong Kangqiao because of it. The hotel offers guests an excellent wellness center with various types of saunas and a fully equipped gym in addition to a chic pool. There are also professional-level tennis courts in the hotel. … Read further

Lux Shampoo Ads

From the series “Creative and Incredible Advertising Constructions”
The magnificent hair of the model has decorated two adjoining walls of a high-rise building in Shanghai. The corner of the building, where three high-speed trains are located, serves as the center of the huge poster and is of great importance. Three rapid-pull mimics imitate three main secretions of the Lux Shampoos. On each of the three lifts, the poster was attached with the representation and name of the unique fabrics of the shampoos, thanks to which the hair can bear any stress. … Read further


From the series “Permanently Sinking Cities and Regions”
Many people don’t want to leave their houses even under the death threat. According to this, the situation makes more crucial. Strong showers make deep rivers from the large city streets, which became habitual for locals. People, who live near the coast, have a boat. It is their only way of moving during the consecutive flooding. … Read further
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The Hilton Kyoto hotel will be attractive to a wide range of guests. Leisure travelers will appreciate the close proximity to famous attractions such as Heian and Yasaka Temples, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and the scenic Gion Historical District. In a few minutes, guests can reach the metro stations, the path to the sights of interest will not take much time. Read this


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Culture guide to Hangzhou. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Hangzhou: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Hangzhou. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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