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How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
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Plan your Hangzhou tour? If you would like to pamper yourself in a green and beautiful environment with singing birds and murmuring springs, come to Hupao Spring. “Hupao Spring” literally means Tiger Running Spring, Tiger Digging Spring, or simply named Tiger Spring.

The legend has it that here lived an eminent monk named Xing Kong during Tang Dynasty. In 819 when he decided to leave this place due to lack of water, the immortal told him in his dream that two tigers would be sent to him and take spring to him. Next morning, to his pleasant surprise, He saw two tigers digging the earth and soon the spring gushed forth, hence the name Tiger Spring.

Hupao Spring is located at the foot of Daci Hill around 5km in the southwest of Hangzhou. You have several public transport choices going from downtown Hangzhou to Hupao Spring: by taxi, by bike or by private car or van. Public buses to Hupao Spring – K4, K504, Tourism Bus (Y5) No.5 for 2 or 3 Yuan.

It is advisable to combine Liuhe Pagoda and Hupao Spring into a half day Hangzhou trip since the two attractions are on the same travel route in Hangzhou. If you have a taste for Hangzhou Zoo or if you travel with your kids, Hangzhou Zoo will be on your travel agenda, which is just next to Hupao Spring. Liuhe Pagoda, Hupao Spring and Hangzhou Zoo are very often put together for one day Hangzhou tour.

Hupao Spring is reputed as the Third Best Spring in China due to its unique fountain. Longjing Tea made of the water from Hupao Spring is regarded as the “two wonders” in Hangzhou. Of course, Hupao Spring was not taken here by the two tigers. Hupao Spring gushes forth due to the underground water seeping from quartz sandstone.

Hupao spring tastes pure, sweet and cold, an ideal drink for good health. What arouse people’s interest is the fact that the spring water rises three millimeters above a bowl edge without overflowing, a scientific phenomenon due to the high surface tension of the spring water.

The attraction of “Hupao Spring” doesn’t stop here. Actually, right now “Hupao Spring” has been expanded into a forest park – Hupao Spring Forest Park rife with streams, trees, pagodas, pavilions. Beside natural elements in the park, Hupao Spring Forest Park has added much Chinese culture and history content to make it worth visiting and exploring more.

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy. Monk Jigong’s hall and Dagoba were also set up in honor of the popular monk. Now Hupao Spring Forest Park is a good fusion combining nature and culture.

Two hours are neended for visiting Hupao Spring. It is a half hour’ walk from its main entrance by the road to the hillside Hupao Spring and other attractions.

The Bus Signboard indicates K4, 504 and Y5 (on another side)

A clean public toilet is just by the side BUS STOP at Hupao Spring.

A clean public toilet is just by the side BUS STOP by the entrance to Hupao.

This is the Ticketing Office at Hupao Spring. Entrance Fee: RMB 15. Children under the height of 1.2 meters are entitled to free tickets.

This is the Ticketing Office at Hupao Spring

A long corridor lined with numerous pines trees leading up to the center of Hupao Spring.

A long corridor lined with numerous pines trees leading up to the center of Hupao Spring.

Some local residents are fetching the Hupao Spring water from a designated area in the park.

Some local residents are fetching the Hupao Spring water from a designated area in the park.

A screen wall is carved with the three Chinese characters “Hupao Spring”.

A screen wall is carved with the three Chinese characters

Late Premier Zhou Enlai escorted foreigners visiting Hupao Spring in 1950s. All were amazed by the surface tension of Hupao Spring.

later Premier Zhou Enlai escorted foreigners visiting Hupao Spring in 1950s.

The Diecui Hall in front of Hupao Spring introduces the development  and events in Hupao Spring.

The Diecui Hall in front of Hupao Spring introduces the development waiting for coming foreign visitors

Ji Gong was known for his wild and eccentric behavior while maintaining his compassionate for the poor. Ji Gong became a folk hero in China. Ji Gpong here is enshrined in Ji Gong Hall.

Ji Gong was known for his wild and eccentric behavior while maintaining his compassionate for the poor

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy.

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy

After visiting the Hupao Spring Forest park, visitors are walking along the corridor towards the entrance.

visitors are walking along the corridor towards the entrance

Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line!

Best Time and Place to See Cherry & Tulip Flowers in Hangzhou

Saturday, March 24th, 2018
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Plan your Hangzhou tour in spring? So where is the best place to feel and touch spring in Hangzhou? Actually Hangzhou is a garden where you can find numerous places dotted with blooming spring flowers on the streets, in the city parks and in the surrounding hills. You are immersed in the sea of blossoms when you come to Hangzhou in spring.

Prince Bay Park (Taiziwan Park ) is oft-lauded as the most popular place to see and feel the coming of spring in Hangzhou with its beautiful tulips and sakura ( cherry flowers ) and poetic landscapes.

Over 1000 cherry trees fit in with 45 kinds of tulips planted on the elegantly set landscapes – lakes, bridges, pavilions and gardens. When you raise your heads, you view the white cherry flowers; when you look down, you see the colorful tulips blossoms – red, yellow, white and more.

Where is Prince Bay Park?
The park is set on the natural hilly land on the southwest of West Lake, just across the southern end of Su Causeway.

When to Visit Prince Bay Park?
Prince Park is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Each season has its own charming features. But spring is the best time to visit Prince Bay Park to view the blooming cherry blossoms and tulips blooms. The best time is from March 20 to Apring 10.

How to get to Prince Bay Park?
For the tulip and cherry season, the park is very much crowded with hordes of tourists. Just try to avoid coming here on the weekends. Come to the park either in the early morning or later afternoon to skip the crowds. You may take the bus lines: 51, 52, 334, Y6, 87, 315,
314 and 4, getting off at the station of Su Causeway.

Yesterday late afternoon, together with my wife and sister in law, we strolled in Prince Bay Park, fascinated by the traditional landscapes rife with blooming cherry and tulip flowers.

Though the park is sprawling and spacious, some scenic areas are still very crowded with people struggling with their cameras and iphone camera taking photos of the charming blossoms.

Below are some of the pictures taken during our short trip to Prince Bay Park.

Beautiful lawn hemmed with three kinds of blooming tulips.

 

Cherry trees fit in with tulips.

 

Cherry trees and tulips are artfully planted.

 

On the background of the distant hills and the limpid lake in the park.

 

The lake mirror of the park

 

An ideal place for wedding photography

 

Streams cascading with red tulips in the mirror.

 

People viewing the scene is also in the scene.

 

Poetic Water reflection.

Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


Best Time to See Cherry Flowers in Beijing.

1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line!

Hangzhou Bicycle Hire

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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 Plan your Hangzhou tour? Why not try a bike tour around the West Lake in Hangzhou? At the time of my writing, Hangzhou has the largest bicycle sharing system in the world with 2177 bike docking stations ( bike outlets, kiosks, share stations or whatever you name them) and 50,000 bikes.

This government-run bike rental plan is to expand to 175,000 bikes by 2020!Ever since May 2008 when the bicycle sharing system was put into operation by the local government, it has received very positive responses from individual public bike hire users.

It is very convenient for short trip bike users. In addition, it reduces pollution, relax congestion, and keep its people healthy.

Locked bikes at docking points at a docking station

 

Getting a bicycle
Take a bike, ride it where you like, then return it, ready for the next person. Bikes are available 24 hours a day, all year round. No need for bike booking and it is self-service. So just take it and go. It is most suitable for short trips.

How to hire and use
Bring along your passport when you apply for the bicycle hire card. First find a bike station near your favorite place.Basically a docking station is composed of a terminal and docking points where you pick up and return bicycle. Buy your bike. Buy your bike rental card from the terminal of the docking station.
RMB 300 in total (RMB 200 as deposit and RMB100 as prepaid rental fee). Both deposit and prepared money can be returned after its final payment being deducted. One passport can apply for a maximum of 5 bicycle rental cards.

For taking a bike, you just need to just swipe your bike rental card on the locker at any of the docking points at the docking station. When the light turns to green and the buzzer beeps, you need to take the bike out of the locker within 30 seconds.

For returning a bike, you must make sure that your bike is locked by the electric locker, and swipe your bike card on the locker when the green light is on. Your bicycle is firmly locked when the green light stops shining and the buzzer beeps.

Problems about picking up and returning bikes
If there are no cycles when you get to a docking station, you may check bike rental outlets where there are some nearby.

When returning your bike and find that your docking station is full, it is advisable to check a nearby cycle docking station.

You should only park your bike at a docking station. Don’t leave it unattended anywhere else.

Always return your bicycle to a docking point which has no lights on and put it firmly into the locker. Wait until the light turns green to ensure the bike has been put back properly.

In case of an incident
Contact the cycle service station if you have an incident while using your bicycle. You need to call the contact bike hire center on 85331122.

4 Major Bicycle Docking Station
1) At the entrance to Orioles Singing in the Willows Park ( 柳浪闻莺)
Add: No. 11 Nanshan Road (Nanshan Lu 南山路) near West Lake Museum.

2) At the entrance to Wushan Square (吴山广场)
Add: Hefang Street (Jefang Jie 河坊街) near Wushan Square public transport station (Wushan guangchang gong jiao zhan 吴山广场公交站).

3) At the entrance to Youth Palace (青少年宫)
Add: Beishan Road (Beishan Lu 北山路)

4) At Hangzhou Bus IC Card Service Center
Add: 20 Longxiang Road, Hangzhou

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line.