A Short Trip to Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai (1)

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

HANGZHOU
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province in east China. With its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is well known as one of China's most important tourist venues.

"Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou." is a famous Chinese saying that describes this beautiful place.

This is the famous "West Lake" in Hangzhou. It is known to visitors for its scenic beauty as well as the moving legend which is said to have taken place there.





"Ripping water shimmering on sunny day,
Misty mountains shrouded the rain;
Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi;
West Lake is always alluring."

These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) when he compared the West Lake to Xi Zi, the most beautiful woman in ancient China. These poetic sentiments leave one in no doubt of the glory of the scenery that inspired them.

In this photo, it shows the Red Carp Pond which is the heart of Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park and it is one of the ten places of interests around West Lake. Countless carps live and play in Red Carp Pond, fascinating thousands of tourists each year. It is located in the west of South Su Causeway, Flower Harbor Park. Dates back to South Song Dynasty, it was a private garden near the Flower Hill, hence the name Flower Harbor. In the year 1699 Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty visited West Lake and wrote "Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor," which was later inscribed on a stone standing near the fish pond.

At the first night in Hangzhou, we were happy to enjoy the famous Chinese Performance in the city center.









At the second day of the journey, in the morning we went to the Dragon Well Tea House to taste the world famous green tea. Dragon Well Tea is favored by both local residents and foreigners because of its four unique wonders - emerald green color, aromatic flavor, sweet taste and beautiful appearance. If you wish for a healthy life, it is recommended to drink Dragon Well Tea everyday, because of its nutritional value and it has extraordinary effect on people's health.



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