Lots of students applied Hangzhou’s university through CUCAS, such as Zhejiang Gongshang UniversityZhejiang UniversityZhejiang University of Finance & Economics and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology. These universities have good faculties and economical tuition fee. Besides, Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful city in China. You must have wonderful experience during your study in Hangzhou.

In this article, we will introduce you the top 10 attractions in Hangzhou.

10. Longmen Ancient Town(龙门古镇)

Longmen Ancient Town, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Longmen Ancient Town, located on the south bank of Fuchun River, 52 kilometers (32.31 miles) southwest from the Hangzhou city center, is a town famous for its well-preserved architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). The town was named after the nearby located Longmen Mountain. Longmen Ancient Town was said to be the hometown of Sun Quan, the emperor of the Three Kingdoms state (220-280) of Wu during the third century. Among the town’s 7,000 residents over 90 percent are surnamed Sun and are said to be the descendants of Sun Quan.

The two ancestral halls of the Sun family make up the main architectural site of the town. There are in total more than 40 halls, three decorated gateways, one pagoda and one temple — most of which are heritage buildings. The lanes and alleys are all interconnected, turning the whole town into one big maze. If you do get lost here, don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

Admission:80 yuan (US$13.08)/ person

9. Zhexi Grand Canyon(浙西大峡谷)

Zhexi Grand Canyon, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Located in Lin’an City, a city administered by Hangzhou, the Zhexi Grand Canyon sits at the border of Zhejiang Province and Anhui Province. It has a grand waterway with a total length of more than 80 kilometers (49.71 miles).

The canyon has three main scenic sections. The first section, called “Longjing Canyon,” features an exotic peak, a graceful waterfall and steep rocks, stretching across some 18 kilometers. The second section, called “Shangxi Canyon” which extends over a length of 26 kilometers (16.16 miles), features a very steep topography but is most reputed for its exotic collection of mountain stones. The third section, called “Zhemen Canyon” which runs for 30 kilometers (18.64 miles), is famous for its layers of mountain waterfalls and flowing mists. The canyon is an ideal place to enjoy the natural beauty on your summer holidays.

Admission:130 yuan (US$21.25)/ person

8. Xixi National Wetland Park(西溪湿地)

Xixi National Wetland Park, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Xixi National Wetland Park, located only five kilometers (3.11 miles) from the West Lake in Hangzhou, is the first and the only national wetland park combining urban life, farming and culture. The park has a history of more than 1,800 years and is famous for its variety of water views and cultural heritage.

Covering a total area of 1,150 hectares, the park is crisscrossed with six principal watercourses, with various ponds, lakes and swamps scattered across. The park is said to feature a total of 108 attractions.

Admission:80 yuan (US$13.08)/ person

7. Songcheng Scenic Area(宋城景区)

Songcheng Scenic Area, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Located southwest of Hangzhou’s West Lake, the Songcheng Scenic Area is a theme park featuring the culture of Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is the most popular theme park in China, attracting over 6 million visitors every year.

Inside the park, visitors can enjoy the song and dance performance, as well as traditional folk performances such as acrobatics, magic tricks and other traditional folk games. The area adds several activities to its already elaborate list during festival times. If you find yourself getting hungry after all the activity of the day, the park features plenty of food stands to for you to visit as well. The entire experience can take visitors back to the ancient dynastical times of 1,000 years ago.

Admission:280 yuan (US$45.77)/ person (shows included)

6. Six Harmonies Pagoda(六和塔)

Six Harmonies Pagoda, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Sitting on the Yuelun Hill southwest to the West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda is one of the masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture. It was first built in 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and reconstructed in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) to calm the tidal waters of the Qiantang River.

The pagoda is octagonal in shape and nearly 60 meters (196 feet) in height. It looks like a 13-story structure from outside, but it only has seven interior stories. A spiral staircase inside the pagoda leads visitors up to the top floor. Each of the seven ceilings is decorated with a variety of figures including animals, birds, flowers and fairies.

At the top of the pagoda, visitors can enjoy a picturesque bird’s-eye view of the Qiantang River and its bridge.

Admission:20 yuan (US$3.27)/ person (add another 10 yuan to go all the way up)

5. Qinghefang Ancient Street(清河坊)

Qinghefang Ancient Street, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Qinghefang Ancient Street, located in central Hangzhou, has been the place to go for shopping and dining since ancient times. It is one of the oldest streets, as well as the only well-preserved historic street, in the city.

Even in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Qinghefang was considered the city’s center of politics, culture and commerce, with numerous shops, restaurants and teahouses. Today, it is still a prosperous business area. You can find many famous century-old shops and restaurants in this ancient street, such as the Wangxingji Fan Store, Zhangxiaoquan Scissors, Wanlong Ham Stack, Huqingyutang Pharmacy, Baohetang Pharmacy, Zhuangyuan Noodle Restaurant and Wangruixing Restaurant.

Buy your family or friends some gifts and try the local cuisine here, as it is the perfect place to experience both the historical and cultural character of Hangzhou.

Admission:Free

4. Qiantang River(钱塘江)

Qiantang River, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Qiantang River is the largest river in Zhejiang Province, running along a total length of 688 kilometers (427.5 miles). The river serves as a hinge, playing an important role in the water-transportation between East and West.

The extraordinary surging tide of the Qiantang River is an absolutely spectacular sight and it is said that only the Amazon River’s tide can rival it! A world-renowned wonder of nature, the tide is created by the gravitational pull of the stars and planets.

The turn of the tide takes place on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month (also around Mid-Autumn Day). At that time, the water can rise up to 9 meters (30 feet) and travel at up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour. Every year, millions of spectators flock here to watch this phenomenon created by Mother Nature herself. A Tidal Bore Watching Festival, along with various activities, takes place in celebration of the soaring tide.

Admission:Free

3. Lingyin Temple(灵隐寺)

Lingyin Temple, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Lingyin Temple, or the Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Hangzhou. It was founded in 328, during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420), by an Indian monk name Hui Li and has a history spanning over 1,700 years.

Sheltered by forested hills on three sides, the temple is a quiet and secluded sanctuary when it is not flooded with tourists. It is also one of China’s largest and most visited Buddhist temples and holds the largest statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni sitting on a lotus throne.

During the Five Dynasties Period (907-960), when the temple was thriving, it consisted of nine buildings, 18 towers, 72 halls with 1,300 rooms and more than 3,000 monks. It has been damaged and restored again several times over the course of its extensive history.

Admission:30 yuan (US$4.7)/person

2. Thousand Island Lake(千岛湖)

Thousand Island Lake, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Thousand Island Lake, or Qiandao Lake, is a man-made lake located in western Chun’an County, Zhejiang Province. It was created after the completion of the Xin’anjiang hydroelectric station in 1959.

A total of 1,078 large islands dot the water and a couple of thousand smaller ones are sprinkled across, gaining the lake its name. It covers an area of 573 square kilometers (57,300 hectares), with an average depth of 34 meters. Visibility in the water can be up to 12 meters. The water in the lake is crystal clear and even drinkable, attracting many well-known bottled water brands, including Nongfu Spring.

The lake’s scenery goes on to feature blossoming forests and exotic islands, both of which provide a fitting habitat to local wildlife. Additionally, the lake features two ancient underwater towns: Hecheng Town and Shicheng Town, which were once upon a time flooded by the hydroelectric station. They have been well-preserved, but are not yet open to the public.

Admission:150 yuan (US$23.55)/person (summer);

120 yuan (US$18.84)/person (winter)

1. West Lake(西湖)

West Lake, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by China.org.cn.

Located west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, the West Lake is a fresh water lake renowned for its natural surroundings and history. Its beauty earned the lake its reputation of being a “paradise on earth.”

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the lake covers an area of 6.5 square kilometers (650 hectares). On average, the lake is 3 meters deep. It has numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands located within. The lake’s 11 sections flaunt over 100 scenic spots!

Every year, the area is buzzing with tourists and locals between the months of June and September, when its lotus flowers are in full bloom. The beauty of the lake has been described and depicted in many Chinese poems and landscape paintings.

The West Lake was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, and was described as “over time having influenced garden design across China as well as Japan and Korea.”

Admission:Free

 

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