Of all the cities in China, Hangzhou is said to be the most important for tourists to visit and is considered the most beautiful city in the country. Hangzhou is the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, and it’s where you will find lovely locations like West Lake and the ancient Grand Canal waterway to explore and enjoy. Those who have visited Hangzhou and seen its landscape describe the city as enchanting, an experience that cannot be missed.
Here are a few interesting facts about the city of Hangzhou that will get you thinking about acquiring your Feng Shui certification:
- It is rich with history and culture: The first thing you should know about Hangzhou is that the Chinese government has designated it as an historic and cultural city—and rightfully so, since it is one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Going back 2,200 years, the city is connected to the Qui Dynasty, and was also originally the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom.
- It’s where you will find two World Heritage Sites: Hangzhou is home to the famous West Lake and the Grand Canal, both of which are recognized as World Heritage Sites. West Lake, being one of the most gorgeous sights in China, represents everything that is right with Hangzhou. It has temples, pagodas, a variety of ornamental trees and some of the most beautiful gardens you will ever see. Now, over to the Grand Canal. As the longest canal in the world, it spans more than 1,250 miles, running from Beijing to Hangzhou. A Grand Canal boat trip would be one to remember.
- It’s famous for silk: Often called Silk City, Hangzhou is at the center of China’s silk production. They are famous for their quality, soft, luxurious and unique silk trinkets and clothing. But you don’t have to travel too far for a decorative silk souvenir to take back home, as you’ll find silk souvenirs everywhere.
- It’s the home of tea culture: If you love tea, then you aren’t going to want to miss a visit to at least one of Hangzhou’s tea plantations. At the plantation you will have a memorable experience harvesting fresh tea leaves and learning the art of tea making, you’ll even get the chance to sign up for an in-depth tea tour! Since tea culture is an important part of the city, it is also known as the Tea Capital of China.
- It has ancient water towns: While there are several water towns in Hangzhou, the one to visit is Nanxun. It is not as crowded or commercialized as the other water towns, yet still offers an incredible ambience. Also, Nanxun has maintained a lot of its original look and features. Take a walk down by the old town canal to experience what China was like in the past.
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