The Hangzhou Cuisine Museum is located in the side of Jiang Yang fan original ecological park next to in the Southern Song Dynasty imperial, and on the sunny side of the Fenghuang Hill (Phoenix Hill). The museum consists of four sections – Exhibition Area, Qiantang Kitchen, Taste of Hangzhou, and Dongpo Pavilion. The exhibition area dates back to thousands years history of development of Hangzhou Cuisine, with more than one hundred dietary exhibits and three hundred pieces of food models, while Qiantang kitchen shows folk culture of Hangzhou cuisine. Taste of Hangzhou and Dongpo Pavilion provide many delicious traditional Hangzhou foods, e.g., West Lake Carp in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Sister Song’s Fish Broth, Shelled Shrimps with Dragon Well Green Tea, Honey Lotus Root Stuffed with Glutinous Rice, Stewed Spring Bamboo Shoots.
The cultural heritage of Hangzhou is considered by the locals to be the jewel in the crown of this history laden city. Together the tangible and intangible heritage sites weave a cultural tapestry of China embodied in West Lake’s Scenic Area.Temples, pagodas, poems, proses, paintings, music and calligraphy are all inextricably woven into a kaleidoscope of cultural tradition and philosophical aesthetics. You may discover Hangzhou through the Best Places to go and the Best Things to do in the City. The LOC also recommends some places with speical attractions to go for the half day social event as followed.
West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench your thirst for the most authentic and amazing Chinese culture. As UNESCO’s World Heritage, the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and islands. To scratch the surface of West Lake Scenic Area, you can start from Top Ten Scenes (e.g., Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake) and New Top Ten Scenes (Strolling along Yanggong Causeway, Clouds and Water at Santai Hill), which are fine examples combining sublime natural beauty and rich cultural connotations.
The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the earliest and longest man-made canal in the world. With a total distance of more than 1700 kilometers, it starts from Beijing and ends in Hangzhou. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal plays a great role in the development and exchange of economy and culture between southern and northern China, especially in the aspect of the industrial and agricultural development in the canal line area. It is called the "Great Water Wall", an allusion to the Great Wall. A water-bus service on the Hangzhou section of the Grand Canal offers the visitor a chance to enjoy the Grand Canal’s scenery.
Lingyin Temple, founded in 326AD, the most recognized temple in Hangzhou with a long history of about 1,700 years. Situated at the west end of the West Lake, the temple is nested between Feilai Mountain and Beigao Mountain. Today, the section flanked by the two mountains is still the Buddhist and poetic destination as throughout history- massive trees, the old temple, dramtic clouds and mist. Lingyin Temple covers an area of 130 mu, the axle wire of which stands Heavenly Kings Hall, the Mahavira Hall, Yaowang Hall, Zhizhi Hall (the court of law), Huayan Hall, The Hall of Five Hundred Arhats, Jigong Temple, Liandeng Pavilion, Huayan Pavillion, Dabei Pavillion, Abbot Building and others stand beside them, which loos wonderful and orderly.
Xixi National Wetland Park, first discovered in the Easten Jin Dynasty (317-420 AD), is well known as the "Three Xi’s (West) of Hangzhou" (short for the three landmark attractions in Hangzhou) along with West Lake (Xihu), and Xiling Seal-Engravers' Society. Covering an area of 10.08 square kilometers, Xixi National Wetland Park is located in the west of Hangzhou, less than 5 kilometers away from West Lake. It is the first and only national wetland park in China, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland. Abundant cultural heritages accumulated during this period such as, Yue Opera, Dragon Boat Racing, and water village-style life featuring silkworm feeding and silk production etc.
Meijiawu Tea Culture Village, with a history of over 600 years, is surrounded by green mountains with picturesque scenery and is located in the west of West Lake Scenic Area. Meijiawu tea plantation is the first-class reserve and production center of West Lake Dragon Well Green Tea, also known as Longjing green tea. The tea culture village features hundreds of tea houses joining each other at “snaking tranquil creek”, in which travelers can learn about the history and culture of Meijiawu Tea Village in the National Tea Museum, pick tea leaves in the tea plantation and drink Longjing green tea in the teahouse.