Daily Archives: September 13, 2012

The oriental city of leisure

Hangzhou is the largest city in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. The history of the city is quite long, since it was founded during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC)

The city has been known as a tourist destination since the old times because of its beautiful scenery. There is a popular Chinese sayings boasts that “above is Paradise, below is Hangzhou”. The phrase has a similar meaning to the English phrases “heaven on earth” which explains that Hangzhou was renowned for its natural beauty.

Since the very first time, the city center has been built around the eastern and northern sides of a big and beautiful lake which known as the West Lake (Xi-hu). Up till now, the lake is still become the main attraction for local as well as foreign tourists. Adjacent to the lake is a scenic area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, temples as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills.

One of the temples is known as Yue-Wang Temple, literally means King Yue’s Temple, or Yue Fei Miao which is located on the north-west shore of West Lake and was originally constructed in 1221. The temple was built to commemorate General Yue Fei, a Chinese Hero, who lost his life due to political persecution.

Hangzhou is also famous for its tea. It is called Longjing tea, which is actually a notable variety of green tea. The best type is called Xi Hu Long Jing.

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