Hangzhou playing important role in Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 AD) when it became the capital after finished building the palace many of construction workers and artists built building in this area. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province to more promote Hangzhou The government has issued 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy for Tourists from 51 Countries where they can enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when making an international transfer via Xiaoshan Airport. It’s expected that the layover will be extended to 144 hours soon and passengers are allowed to travel in Zhejiang, Shanghai and Nanjing.
Places of Interest
1. Hefang Street
this street always full of tourists and local especially from evening-midnight.in Hefang street there is an old street where we can see shops, restaurants and teahouses in Chna traditional house.some of shops here has existed for hundreds years like Wangxingji Fan Store, Zhangxiaoquan Scissors, Wanlong Ham Stack, Huqingyutang Pharmacy, Baohetang Pharmacy, Zhuangyuan House, Wangruixing, Yiyuanjindian, Jingyangguan and Sheep Soup Restaurant among it is good decision if we staying in here From here to West lake just hundreds meters away
2. Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda)
In the Morning we went To Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda) this pagoda was on Yuelun Hill from here we can see a long bridge cossing Qiantang River.This pagoda was built by King Wuyue from Wuyue state.the king built this pagoda beside he is devout Buddhist follower also to calm the tidal waters of the Qiantang River, and as a navigational aid for boat. How To get There Take bus no. Holiday Line 3, 4, 287, 318, 334 or 354 and get off at Six Harmonies Pagoda Station.
3.Temple of Soul’s Retreat (Lingyin Temple)
the next we visited Lingyin Temple this Temple was built in Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 – 420AD) in this area there are important part which we can’t mis is Feilai Grottoes it is like in Longmen and Yungang grottoes but smaller where Buddha statues are put in the hole of caves,Main Hall Temple,Hall Of heavenly Kings and other How To Get there
- Take bus no. Y2, Holiday Line 4, 7, 324 or 807, and get off at Lingyin Station.
- Take bus no. Holiday Line 2, 103, 121 or 324, and get off at Lingyin East Station. Admission Fee: CNY 30 (Temple of Soul’s Retreat); CNY 45 (Peak Flown From Afar)
If visitors want to visit Temple of Soul’s Retreat, they have to enter Peak Flown From Afar Scenic Area first and can not avoid the admission fee for Peak Flown From Afar.
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:15 (Stop selling ticket at 17:30)
4.Tomb of General Yue Fei
another China Great Generals is General Yue Fei (1103 – 1141)who lived in Song Dynasty era.people praised him not only he is skilled leader and tactitician which make his army always won their battle against Jurchen Dynasty.but also his good morals.he helped people who suffer from the war,protected them and care for the need of people and his army no wonder he got many support. unfortunately his rising famous made Emperor Gaozong (1107 – 1187) worried and with evil suggest from Prime Minister Qin Hui (1090 – 1155) General Yue Fei along with his Son who is also capable general Yue Yun arrested and Executed. When Emperor Xiao Zong (1163 – 1189) took the throne after Emperor Gaozong passed away he cleared the name of General Yue Fei and Built a tomb and shrine for him in General Yue Fei temple buildings we can see The General Statue,paintings in the wall whixch tell his life,his poem at the back of the temple is the Tomb of General Yue Fei with his son General Yue Yuen.before go to the tomb we will see the statue of prime minister Qin Hui and His wife who plotted to accuse General Yue Fei which resilted in his death.
How To get there Take bus no. Holiday Line 4, 7, 27, 51, 52 or 118, and get off at Yuemiao Station. Admission Fee: CNY 25 for adults and children above 4.9 feet (1.5 meters);
CNY 12.5 for children between 3.9 and 4.9 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters);
Free for children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters);
Opening Hours: 06:00-19:30
5.West Hu Lake
Many Poems has described the beauty of west lake not only in weekend but in busisness day people will fill West lake.in west lake they can take a bot ride to around in the lake from here they can see Leifeng pagoda. many people believe Leifeng pagoda tell a love story between Xu Xian a sholar with Princess White snake because of broken the heaven law the princess later was imprisoned in pagoda leifeng 20 year later her son with Xu Xian frees his mother.
How to Get to the Lake:
- By Subway:
Take subway line 1 to Longxiangqiao. Upon arrival, walk westward to reach the Lakeside Park (Music Fountain) or northward to Broken Bridge or Bai Causeway.
Or take the same subway to Ding’an Road. Upon arrival, walk westward to lakeside Nanshan Mountain area or southward to Wushan Mountain area.
- By Bus:
Take buses 4/K4, 6/K6, 7/K7, 15/K15, 16/K16,18/K18, 21/K21, 27/K27, 28/K28, 81/K81, K504, 527/K527, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6, Y7, Y8, Y9, and get off at Su Di, Ling Yin, Duan Qiao, Qu Yuan Feng He, Yue Miao, Shuang Feng, Long Jing Si, Yan’an Road, Hu Bin, or Xihu Dadao Stations, and walk to the lake area.
How to Tour around the Lake:
- By Battery Car: The battery travels around the West Outer Lake and can stop at any place along the way for passengers to get on and off.
June to August: 8:30 to 21:00
September to the next May: 8:30 to 17:00
Yongjinmen- Park of Orioles Singing in the Willows- Roman Square- Tang Yun Gallery- Changqiao Park- Leifeng Pagoda- Su Causeway- Crossing Rainbow Bridge (Temple of General Yue Fei)- Tomb of Wu Song- Xiling Bridge- Moon over the Peaceful Lake Scenic Spot- Children’s Palace (Broken Bridge)- the New Lakeside Scenic Area- Yongjimen
1. Lou Wai Lou (Tower Beyond Tower)
the special dishes from Hangzhou is chicken beggar we can find chicken beggar in many places but this dishes originally came from Hangzhou. one of the authentic restaurant in this area is Lou Wai Lou (Tower Beyond Tower)in here we can taste West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Sauce, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves and the famous Beggar’s Chicken this reaturant has existed since 1848. No. 30, Gushan Road, Xihu District. It is at the foot of the Solitary Hill, an isle in the West Lake
Staying I left Hangzhou in the evening by plane and Staying at Guilin Wada Hostel in Guilin
Huan Cheng Xi Yi Lu,Guilin Railway Station,Guilin,China 541002 Double Room IDR 429.104