The West Lake in Hangzhou

On September 7, 2011, in Activities, Hangzhou, Lakes, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

The West Lake is a poem, a painting, a beautiful story. It has overwhelmed both those who live by it and the travelers. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous for the West Lake. The West Lake is one of the most renowned tourist attractions […]

The West Lake is a poem, a painting, a beautiful story. It has overwhelmed both those who live by it and the travelers. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous for the West Lake. The West Lake is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in China. There is also a famous saying in China that “Heaven is for the sky and Hangzhou for the earth”. From the ancient times, there have been numerous poems that praise the lake’s scenery, and people compare the lake with Xishi, reputedly the most beautiful woman in ancient China. Marco Polo visited the city during his travel and exclaimed that it was “the most beautiful and richest city in the world”. The West Lake is a must-visit if you come to China.

The scenery of the West Lake is absolutely amazing. The calmness and serenity of the scene is just like a Chinese wash painting brought alive. In spring, the peach trees along the lake are all in pink blossom and the willows have sprouted; the distant mountains are verdant. The lake is as calm as a mirror and is dotted here and there with boats. If you walk along the dam, you will marvel at the intoxicating scene before your eyes.

The West Lake is just as breathtaking in other seasons. In summer red, yellow and white lotuses thickly decorate the lake’s surface and make it colourful and vivid; and a cool moonlit autumn night is extremely tranquil and soothing; in winter, clusters of red plum blossoms capped in snow bring vitality to the snowy lake area. The West Lake is beautiful in many ways, and you can enjoy different scenery at different times.

There are ten most famous sights on and around the West Lake. They date back to the Southern Song Dynasty and represent the essence of the lake’s beauty. If you go there, make sure you do not miss them. Besides the ten scenic spots, around the lake there are more than 90 parks of distinct features. Apart from the elegant natural scenery, the West Lake is also a place of cultural heritage. It is also a place that has inspired many enchanting legends and tales. On the whole, the West Lake is a place of natural, cultural, historical and artistic values.

The West Lake Attractions:

Sudi Chunxiao

Quyuan Fenghe

Pinghu Qiuyue

Duanqiao Canxue

Nanping Wanzhong

The West Lake Stories:

1. How did the West Lake come into being

There are many beautiful folk tales and legends about the origin of the West Lake. One of them says that a long time ago the Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix found a white jade on an island beside the Milky Way. They spent many years sculpting it and it became a beautiful shining jade pearl. All the trees and flowers touched by its rays would flourish and blossom. However, the pearl was discovered by the Mother of the Western Sky, and she wanted to take the pearl by force. The Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix would not let it go, and they fought over it. During the fight, the Mother of the Western Sky accidentally dropped the pearl and it landed on the earth to become the beautiful Western Lake. The Jade Dragon and the Gold Phoenix followed the pearl to the earth. They became the Jade Dragon Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain to guard the lake forever.

2. The Broken Bridge

The Broken Bridge of the West Lake is one of the most famous in China because of the love story between Xuxian and Bainiangzi.

Bainiangzi was a white snake in the wild. One day it was caught by an old man. When he was about to kill it, a shepherd boy saved it and let it go. 1,700 years later the snake turned into a beautiful woman. She wanted to look for the man who had saved her life. She went to the Goddess of Mercy for help. The Goddess told her that if it was fate that she and the man should meet each other after thousands of years, she should go to the West Lake to look for him. Bainiangzi went to the West Lake and saw the man, Xuxian, who had saved her, standing on the broken bridge. They recognized each other and fell in love. In the end they got married and spent the rest of their days together. Their love story makes the West Lake a romantic place for those who are in love.

Wuzhen Travel Tips

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an […]

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an enjoyable time.

As you walk into the town you can see the ancient homes. As a historical old town, Wuzhen shows an integral beauty of the harmony between humane environment and natural environment.

Like many other Water Towns in southern China, streets and homes are all built next to stream or river. That is the so-called ‘sleep on river’. What made Wuzhen different is that some of the houses were built above the river. These parts are supported by wooden pillars or stone pillars in the riverbed. People call this part of the town as ‘Water Pavilion’ which is the particular building in Wuzhen. ‘Water Pavilion’ really could be described as ‘sleep on river’. As three sides of ‘Water Pavilion’ have windows, it is the best spot to enjoy the sceneries of Wuzhen. Wuzhen is thus known as the ‘Venice of the East’.

Best Time to Visit Wuzhen

As Wuzhen is situated in the center of the Hangjiahu Plain, it belongs to subtropical monsoon climate. It is warm and wet with a set of distinctive four seasons and abundant rainfall. The annual average temperature in Wuzhen is 16°C. The temperature in January is 3°C; the temperature in July is below 30°C. The annual precipitation is about 1200 millimeters. Many typhoons hit the region in the summer and autumn.

In my opinion, spring and autumn are the most beautiful seasons. The most beautiful moments are at dawn and at dusk. At dawn, mist will suffuse above the river, resembling a fairyland. At dusk, a vivid Wuzhen appears under the sunset.

Tips: you’d better stay in room at noon in summer in Wuzhen, because it is very hot outside.

Wuzhen Best Routes

One-day tour in Dongzha

The Fengyuan Double Bridges – Caishen Cove – One Hundred Beds Museum – Hongyuantai Dyehouse – Yuliuliang Chinese Ancient Coins Exhibition Hall – Former Residence of Maodun – the Ancient Stage in Wuzhen – Xiuzhen Temple – the Residence of Xiatongshan Academician – Fanglu Pavilion – Huiyuan Pawnshop – the site of Jiangzhe local government

Two-day Tour in Xizha  

The first day: Caomu Bense Dyehouse – Zhaoming Academy – Three- inch Golden Lotuses Exhibition Hall (women’s bound feet in feudal age) – the Old Post Office – Guandi Temple – General Wu’s Temple – Lingshui House – Maodun Memorial Hall – Maodun Graveyard – Xuchang Sauce and Pickle Garden

The second day: Stage on Water – Sanbai Wine Workshop – Northern Wetland – Yida Silk Workshop – Yingjia Bridge – Xiangshan Hall

Wuzhen Tickets

The ticket including Dongzha and Xizha costs 150 Yuan/person.

Dongzha View Spot   

The ticket price of Dongzha View Spot is 100 Yuan/person.

The ticketing time of Dongzha View Spot is from 8:30 to 14:30.

The tour guide fee is 80 Yuan. One sightseeing boat costs 80 Yuan. And every boat can take 8 people (children and babies also count).

Xizha View Spot

The ticket price of Xizha is 120 Yuan/person, while the night ticket of Xizha only costs 80 Yuan/person. The tourt time is from 8:30 to 12:30. The tour guide fee is 200 Yuan. In daytime, one sightseeing boat costs 120 Yuan for a single trip. It can contain 6 people, while babies also count. At night, the boat costs 180 Yuan for a single trip. If you take the transport boat, every station costs 5 Yuan. The sightseeing bus costs 5 Yuan/person.

How to get to Wuzhen

By air: you could get to the Shanghai or Hangzhou airports, and then take bus to Wuzhen.

By train: as there is no railway station in Wuzhen, so you should get off at Jiangxin Station then take bus to Wuzhen.

By bus: Wuzhen has opened three special tour bus routes, from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing to Wuzhen. Visitors could take that kind of bus at Travel Distribution Centers.

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Folk Custom Museum in Southern China

On September 6, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Cultural Experience, Hangzhou, Museums, by Jack Li

The wealthiest family in Dongzha was the Jin Family. Nowadays their residences become the vivid record of the life in southern China. In the museum you can see different folk customs about birthdays, marriage, spring festivals and so on in Wuzhen from the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic. Elegant wax statues played the dramas […]

The wealthiest family in Dongzha was the Jin Family. Nowadays their residences become the vivid record of the life in southern China. In the museum you can see different folk customs about birthdays, marriage, spring festivals and so on in Wuzhen from the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic. Elegant wax statues played the dramas about the daily life in Wuzhen. From that you can feel people’s best wishes to life. In the clothes custom hall, it used relics, wax statues and pictures to show what and how people wear one hundred years ago. The clothing combined Chinese traditional style and western style. It could be seen as an epitome of history. The festivals hall introduces the various activities people would do in different festivals in detail. For example, in Lantern Festival, people would across bridges; in Double Nine Festival, people would climb mountains. In the marriage custom hall, it showed the marriage ceremony and the whole process of getting married in ancient China. In birthday custom hall, the theme is the celebration of older peoples’ birthdays. The objects should be prepared for birthday parties are displayed in the hall. It showed the Chinese tradition to respect the elderly.

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One Hundred Beds Museum in Southern China

On September 6, 2011, in Hangzhou, Historical Relics, Museums, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

One Hundred Beds Museum is the first museum in China which specializes in collecting and displaying old beds.  Located in the 210 east street, the museum is also known as “Zhao’s Hall”.  Covering an area of 1200sqm, it collects tens of the essence works of old beds in southern China from Ming, Qing dynasty and […]

One Hundred Beds Museum is the first museum in China which specializes in collecting and displaying old beds.  Located in the 210 east street, the museum is also known as “Zhao’s Hall”.  Covering an area of 1200sqm, it collects tens of the essence works of old beds in southern China from Ming, Qing dynasty and modern times.  Moreover, it has a large collection of various beds.  As a museum which gathers the great achievements of Chinese bed’s culture, it contains not only merchant princes’ luxurious beds, but also the common people’s simple and unsophisticated beds.

The first exhibition hall in the museum displays a canopy bed from Ming dynasty, which is in a shape of a clubfoot.  Simple modeling, balanced proportion and smooth lines reflect the vivid cultural style.  The designers paid much attention to making good use of hardwood’s natural color and veins.  As a result, the bed resembles nature itself without too much painstaking carving.  The second hall displays a batch of Babu Qiangong (One thousand workers) beds.  These beds with excellent material quality and craftsmanship are recognized as the essence of wooden bed.  A bed made in Qing dynasty which has a length 217cm, a width of 366cm and a height of 292cm, lasted 3 years.  Finished by 1000 workers, it was named as “Qiangong” (one thousand workers) Bed.   It is easy to imagine how luxurious and exquisite the bed is.  Now the bed is commended as the “Greatest Treasure of the Museum”.  As the great achievements of broad and profound Chinese culture, all of the beds in this museum are good reflections of Chinese working people’s excellent handicraft art.  Compared with counting how many beds are displayed in the museum, experiencing their historical contents is more important and meaningful when you visit the One Hundred Beds Museum in southern China.

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Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen

The original Wuzhen refers to the Dongzha View Spot. Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen was opened to public after some repairs. You have to take boat into the Xizha View Spot. Harmony is the most appropriate word to describe Xizha. Xizha consists of 12 islands, and over 70 bridges connect these islands together. The number […]

The original Wuzhen refers to the Dongzha View Spot. Xizha View Spot of Wuzhen was opened to public after some repairs. You have to take boat into the Xizha View Spot. Harmony is the most appropriate word to describe Xizha. Xizha consists of 12 islands, and over 70 bridges connect these islands together. The number of rivers and stone bridges in Wuzhen is the highest across the nation. The most beautiful bridge scenery in Wuzhen is called ‘Bridge in Bridge’. As Tongji Bridge connects to Renji Bridge at right angles, through one bridge’s arch you can see the other bridge. That’s the reason why the scenery is called as ‘Bridge in Bridge’.

In Xizha you can find many handcrafts. The first thing is the handmade soy sauce which is the key point that made local dishes taste so delicious. The handmade soy sauce is very cheap. One bottle of it only costs 10 Yuan. The second thing is handmade iron pot. The pots which priced 99 Yuan are the most popular ones, as 99 sounds like permanence in Chinese. The third thing is silk. The Yida Silk Workshop founded in the first years during the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty. Visitors can operate the old silk machine by themselves.

There are various night activities in Xizha. For example, you can drink beer and listen to operas; put lotuses lanterns in the water in memory of your relatives; take pictures and so on. In ancient times, women got together after they dressed up, carrying a pot which was used to boil Chinese traditional medicine. When they passed a bridge, they would throw the pot into water. They thought this action can protect them from disease. Nowadays people do not do that anymore. In festivals people cross the bridge, carrying lanterns instead of throwing pots.

Hotels and inns in Xizha are very special. The outsides of these buildings belong to the Ming and Qing Dynasties architectures, while the insides are equipped with air conditions, natural gas, broadband network, satellite TV and so on. It is a harmony between ancient and modern. Xizha also has bars, spas such modern recreation.

Wuzhen

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Wuzhen

Wuzhen is an ancient town with a history of 1,300 years, located in south China.  There are many ancient towns resembling Wuzhen and are located on the Yangtze River Delta.  They are as peaceful and beautiful as bright pearls.  Besides owning characteristics of ancient residence in southern China such as ingenuity, elegance and picturesque scenery, […]

Wuzhen is an ancient town with a history of 1,300 years, located in south China.  There are many ancient towns resembling Wuzhen and are located on the Yangtze River Delta.  They are as peaceful and beautiful as bright pearls.  Besides owning characteristics of ancient residence in southern China such as ingenuity, elegance and picturesque scenery, Wuzhen is more a town, which is full of historic and cultural atmosphere.  In spite of over one thousand years’ vicissitudes, Wuzhen still kept its original format and appearance.  Wood and stone carvings on the beams, pillars, doors and windows are still vivid and exquisite.  Local residents still live in the ancient houses.  Constructed on the river surface, the simple and unsophisticated town symbolizes a special kind of temperament and atmosphere.  Perhaps that is the reason why Wuzhen is popular and prolonged prosperous.  According to its excavated materials such as potteries, stone implements, bone implements and more, Wuzhen is identified as Majiabin cultural category (a Neolithic culture).  It is also a powerful testimony which proves the ancestors of Wuzhen have lived in the town since 6,000 years ago.   Belonging to alluvial plain, Wuzhen is wet and warm all the year round.  Plentiful rain, abundant sunshine, rich productions make it commonly known as a fertile land of rice and fish and home of silk.

Wuzhen Attractions

Xishan

One Hundred Beds Museum in southern China

Folk Custom Museum in southern China

Wuzhen Storys

An old temple, named as “General Wu Temple”, was initially located on the north of the theatre on the west bank.   Inside the temple, there was an old ginkgo.  At present, the temple has disappeared; but the ginkgo still stands on the relic.  The old tree is too wide that three people can just embrace it hand in hand.  Seen far from over 10km away, the treetop is still visible.  As to the ginkgo, there is an ancient legend about it.  It is said that about 1,000 years ago, in the Tangxianzong (an emperor of Tang dynasty) period, a general, named Wuzan, was patriotic and heroic.  Most local common people spoke highly of him.  However, central authorities became weaker and weaker after the Rebellion of An and Shi because of local separatists.  The governor of Zhejiang Province, Liqi, also wanted to dominate and revolt.  Being conscious of his intention, the emperor dispatched general Wu and another general, Wuqi, to suppress the traitor.  At first, the rebel army was defeated and ran away.  General Wu and his army did not give up catching up with them until Liqi suddenly hung the cease-fire flag.  However, to general Wu’s surprise, Liqi’s army stroked his campsite at night.  General Wu fell into

a trap which was designed by Liqi when he pursued and attacked.  Finally, he was murdered by arrows.  General Wu drew up with Liqi and repelled Liqi and his army.  He buried general Wu and his horse on the Chexi River bank.  Out of the blue, a plant of gingko nearby his tomb grew up in one night.  But it never fruited.  Local common people believed the tree was an incarnation of general Wu.  To memorize this patriotic general, “General Wu Temple” was constructed.

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A Simple Guide to Airport Transportation

On September 6, 2011, in Beijing, Getting Around, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

You may be wondering about the possible transport options from Beijing Capital International Airport to your Beijing hotel accommodation. Few airlines arrive at Terminal 1 which caters to mostly domestic flights, so you will most likely arrive at 2 or 3. Terminal 2 is the base for major airlines such as KLM, Delta and China […]

You may be wondering about the possible transport options from Beijing Capital International Airport to your Beijing hotel accommodation. Few airlines arrive at Terminal 1 which caters to mostly domestic flights, so you will most likely arrive at 2 or 3. Terminal 2 is the base for major airlines such as KLM, Delta and China Eastern Airlines, and Terminal 3 is the home of British Airways, Emirates, Air China and Cathay Pacific.

 

There is a free shuttle bus service which connects all the terminals. From 6am until 11pm buses depart every 10 minutes, and outside of this time there is usually a bus once every half hour. The airport is 27km from the town centre and journey times into town will vary depending on your arrival time, this can be up to one hour and may be much less if you do not face any of the notorious Beijing traffic!

 

Possible Transport Options:

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Airport Express (Subway)
  • Taxi

 

Airport Shuttle

The downtown shuttle to the center of Beijing is 16 RMB per person, per ride. There are also shuttles available that head further out, to the border cities such as Tanggu and Tianjin. Tickets are available within the terminal. For Terminal 1 you will find a ticket office at Gate 7, Terminal 2 at gates 9, 10 and 11, and at Terminal 3 next to gates 5, 7 and 11. All these ticket offices are on the first floor, Terminal 3 also has offices on the second floor.

 

There are 9 shuttle lines heading to different sections of the city:

  • Line 1: Airport to Fangzhuang (7am – 1am) Return Journey (5.10am – 9pm)
  • Line 2: Airport to Xidan (7am – 12am) Return Journey (5.10am – 9pm)
  • Line 3: Airport to Beijing Railway Station (7am – 12am) Return Journey (5.10am – 9pm)
  • Line 4: Airport to Gongzhufen (6.50am – 12am) Return Journey (4.50am – 22pm)
  • Line 5: Airport to Zhongguancun (6.50am – 12am) Return Journey (5.30am til 9pm)
  • Line 6: Airport to Wangjing (7am – 22.30pm) Return Journey (5.30am – 8.30pm)
  • Line 7: Airport to Beijing West Railway Station (7.20am – 12am) Return (5.10am – 9pm)
  • Line 8: Airport to Shangdi (7am – 12am) Return Journey (5.30am – 6.30pm)

Follow signs at the airport to find your shuttle, buses usually leave when they are full.

 

Airport Express (Subway)

The airport express (subway line) has four stops on the route:

  • Dongzhimen, Sanyuanqiao, Terminal 3, and Terminal 2.

The journey costs 25 RMB for a one way trip and takes approximately 30 minutes. Carriages leave every 15 minutes and the service operates from 6.35am – 23.10pm from Terminal 2, and 6.20am – 22.50pm from Terminal 3.

Taxi

You can easily catch a taxi to and from the airport, and this is the best option if there are a few of you and you have lots of luggage – but it will be the most expensive. Taxi ranks are located outside the airport, Terminal 1 has stops outside gates 3 to 5, Terminal 2 outside gates 3 to 7, and Terminal 3 has signs within the building directing you to the taxi stand. The minimum charge is 10 RMB for the first 3km, after this each further km will cost 2 RMB.

 

Taxi Tips

  • Insist that the driver uses the meter, ‘Qǐng Dǎbiǎo’ means put the meter on please.
  • Have your destination written in chinese characters as many drivers do not speak English.
  • Be aware of toll charges which you cover in addition to the fare.
  • Be sure to get a licensed taxi with official certification.
  • Note down the taxi number if you have any problems.

 

In addition many of the higher end hotels provide complimentary shuttles for guests so this may also be worth looking into when you travel to Beijing.

 

Thousand–island Lake Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Hangzhou, Islands, Lakes, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Best Time to visit Thousand—island Lake The average temperature of the whole year is 17℃.  And the rainy season is from July to July. Climate in June and August is foggy; the highest temperature can reach at 36℃.  So taking many factors into consideration, the best time to visit Thousand—island Lake is from September to […]

Best Time to visit Thousand—island Lake

The average temperature of the whole year is 17℃.  And the rainy season is from July to July. Climate in June and August is foggy; the highest temperature can reach at 36℃.  So taking many factors into consideration, the best time to visit Thousand—island Lake is from September to November.  In autumn, sky is clear and the air is crisp.  In fact, April and May are also nice time to visit the lake.  Bringing rain gear is recommended to the visitors who visit the lake in these two months.  The less busy season is winter.  At that time, visitors are few and scattered; boats are overhauled; the lowest temperature will be minus 6℃.  However, each coin has two sides.  If you visit the island in winter, you can get rid of noise and appreciate the crystal water.  What’s better, the standard price is 50RMB to 60RMB; it is two—thirds cheaper than the price of peak season.

Thousand—island Lake Best Routs

Line A: Meifeng View Island——Ostrich Island——Shenlong (Dragon) Island——Monkey Island——Peacock Island.  (Cruises depart at 8:00am each morning; tickets is 30RMB/ person)

Line B: Five—dragon Scene Spot, including Centre Island, Birds Island, Lock Island, Warm Island and Longshan Island.  (Cruises depart at 13:00pm every day; ticket is 25RMB/Person;ticket of the two lines is 40RMB/person)

Line C: Mishan Island——Appreciating the fish in Tianchi——Xianshan Island——Fragrant Island.  (Cruises depart at Xiyuan Wharf; Ticket is 30RMB/person)

Thousand—island Lake Tickets

  1. Entrance ticket in peak season (from March to November): 160RMB/person;child ticket is 75RMB.
  2. Entrance ticket in off—peak season (from December to February): 129RMB/person; child ticket is 60RMB.

(Note: the entrance ticket is coupon ticket.)

  1. Ticket for child whose height is lower than 1.1m is free.
  2. Entrance ticket of Forest Oxygen Bar: 48RMB/person.
  3. Entrance ticket of Stone Forest: 60RMB/person.

Thousand—island Lake Travel

By air: the airport of Thousand—island Lake is 156 km far from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport and 130km far away from Quzhou Airport.

By train: Jinqian Train Station——Qiandaohu (Thousand—island Lake) Station (Qiandaohu Station is situated in the Maozhuyuan of Chayuan Garden County).  There are two trains departing to Jinhua and Yiwu from Qiandaohu Station.

By bus: there are two buses departing from Shanghai Bus Station to Qiandaohu Bus Station at 8:14am and 14:25pm.

Santan Island

On September 6, 2011, in Accomodation, Activities, Hangzhou, Islands, by Jack Li

Covering an area of 0.7sqm, containing a village relic spot, an animal entertainment district and a special food court, Santan Island is open to the public in 2001.  Travelling around Santan Island, you can appreciate live show of root carving in the village relic spot, music made by stones, tea performance and other folk shows.  […]

Covering an area of 0.7sqm, containing a village relic spot, an animal entertainment district and a special food court, Santan Island is open to the public in 2001.  Travelling around Santan Island, you can appreciate live show of root carving in the village relic spot, music made by stones, tea performance and other folk shows.  Inside the Wanggui (Forget to leave) Garden, there are 30 standard rooms using as accommodation, lounge and meeting room.  Moreover, attractions such as Sturgeon Pavilion, Snake Park, Boar Forest and more are all worthy of visiting.   Activities such as experiencing fork art, playing with animals and fishing in the lake help you recall the beauties of your childhood.  The special food court with an area of more than 800sqm is specialized in local food.  Battery cars on the island make you trip more comfortable and easier.  In a word, you can enjoy one package service, including eating, drinking and playing.

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Jiupaojie

On September 6, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Hangzhou, Nature Scenery, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

Jiupaojie view spot is also known as Shangxifeng view spot. It is situated in Pingmen town which is in the northern of Chunan County. It is 25 kilometers far from Thousand-island Lake. It is famous for nine various waterfalls situated in it. It is very rare that so many waterfalls situated in one place. So […]

Jiupaojie view spot is also known as Shangxifeng view spot. It is situated in Pingmen town which is in the northern of Chunan County. It is 25 kilometers far from Thousand-island Lake. It is famous for nine various waterfalls situated in it. It is very rare that so many waterfalls situated in one place. So Jiupaojie is known as ‘the king of waterfalls in southern China’. The noise that the nine waterfalls made sounds like someone is shouting. That is the reason why the view spot named as Jiupaojie (Jiupao meaning nine people are shouting). Jiupaojie view spot is surrounded by mountains and rivers. The sceneries in it are naturally beautiful. The Jiupaojie view spot is divided into three parts. They are Shiyuan Gorge, Shangxi Gufeng and Gancaowan Waterfalls. As the Shangxi Gufeng is situated in West Village, it is also called as West Village. The population of West Village is about 300. And most residents’ surname is Wang. It was said that they are the offspring of Wang Xizhi who was a famous calligrapher in Eastern Jin Dynasty. The relics in the village are Wang Family Ancestral Hall, stone tablet and so on. Because of the inconvenient traffic, the West Village is cut off from the outside world. And commodity economy has litter influence on the village, so natural economy, traditional culture and relics of the Great Cultural Revolution are well reserved. The people lived in West Village are very kindhearted and the sceneries in there are very beautiful. You will have a new life experience in there.

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