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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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The Yellow Mountain

Formerly known as Yishan (Mount Yi), and it is said that its name was changed to its present name in 747 AD by imperial decree. According to a local legend, the name Huangshan, which literally means the Yellow Mountain, was given because it was the location from where Emperor Huang Di, better known as the Yellow Emperor, ascended to heaven.

Huangshan, which is located in Eastern China, is considered to be a prime example of classic Chinese scenery, as typified in Chinese landscape paintings. Most of those paintings depict the inexplicable pines and strangely jutting granite peaks emerging out of a sea of clouds.

I visited the mountain in summer last year. When I started my climb to the hotel in the afternoon, almost all area in the mountain range was covered by a very thick fog. So it was almost impossible to see the landscape. In the following morning however, it was very clear. The landscape was truly beautiful.

To support the scenic area of the mountain, there is a city called Huangshan City at the foot of the Yellow Mountain. The city, which was established more than 2000 years ago, has so many points of interests. I got the opportunity to visit one of them, called Tun-xi Ancient Street. It is really a very old street that was formed at the beginning of Ming Dynasty. Along the street there are two storey shops which have existed for hundreds years.

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Xing-hu Lake of Southern China

Also known as Star Lake and is located in Guangdong Province. It is in the northern outskirts of a city called Zhao-qing, approximately four kilometres from the downtown, to be precise. 

The lake is partitioned into five separate sections divided with small strips of land and walkways. It has also seven limestone crags that stand in the formation similar to the big dipper star constellation, hence the name of Star Lake.

People say that the beautiful landscape of the lake is tremendous since it has limestone peaks as in Guilin and exquisite water as in West Lake of  Hangzhou.

The lake area is about 8 square kilometres which form one of the most scenic locations in the area. Unfortunately, when I visited the lake, I only visited a small part of it.

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