Hangzhou: Paradise on Earth

June 13, 2024

Hangzhou, a city often called ‘Paradise on Earth,’ has long been an inspiration for poets and artists. One of its most famous landmarks is the West Lake Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site that captures the essence of the city’s beauty.

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The view of West lake in Hangzhou, China

West Lake: A UNESCO Treasure

You can immerse yourselves in the serene beauty of West Lake which is the heart and soul of Hangzhou. Surrounded by lush greenery, ancient temples, and elegant pagodas, West Lake is a perfect example of classical Chinese landscape design. Strolling along its shores, you can see why this place has inspired countless works of art and poetry.

Savoring Dragon Well Tea

After soaking in the beauty of West Lake, you can head to the nearby tea plantations to experience one of Hangzhou’s most cherished traditions: Dragon Well tea, or Longjing. This local green tea is renowned for its delicate flavor and numerous health benefits, thanks to its high antioxidant content. China’s tea culture is rich and varied, and Hangzhou is at its heart.

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Longjing or Dragon well tea

Delicious Food

You can’t talk about Hangzhou without mentioning its food. The local cuisine is known for being fresh and light with a hint of sweetness. You have to try Dongpo Pork, a tasty, braised pork belly named after a famous poet, and West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, which perfectly balances sweet and sour flavors.

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the famous dongpo pork tasty braised pork belly

The famous ‘Dongpo’ pork – tasty, braised pork belly.

Festivals in Hangzhou

Hangzhou loves to celebrate. The West Lake International Expo shows off the city’s achievements in everything from technology to the arts. Then there’s the Qiantang River Tidal Bore Festival, where you can watch huge tidal waves surge up the river—a natural spectacle that attracts lots of visitors.

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Pavilion in west lake Hangzhou, Zhejiang China

Hangzhou truly lives up to its nickname, “Paradise on Earth.” From the tranquil beauty of West Lake to the rich traditions of tea culture, this city offers a unique blend of natural splendor and cultural heritage. With its proximity to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, a visit to Hangzhou promises a perfect balance of peaceful retreat and vibrant city life. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, Hangzhou has something to captivate your heart and soul.

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