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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.

Poetic Winter Scenery Viewed from Su Causeway in West Lake

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
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The scenery viewed from Su Causeway across West Lake in spring is lauded as one of the top 10 classical sights in Hangzhou. But for me,  Su Causeway offers the delightful views in all four seasons, not just in spring.  When you plan your Hangzhou tour,  do arrange a walking trip along Su Causeway even you don’t visit Hangzhou in spring.

Last week, I had a stroll along Su Causeway under the extreme cold weather from the south to the north on the west side of West Lake. It was a 2800-meter scenic walk crossing six stone moon bridges, hence the nickname of “Six Bridge Causeway”.

Thin tourist crowd in low tourist season allowed me to own the whole charming causeway, fully taking in the scenes along and viewed from the causeway. Everything looks surreal and poetic! Weeping willow trees look like threads of beards move softly in wind. Withered brown lotus leaves still stand firmly in the water with poetic reflections on the water.

Distant cruising boats, lake shorelines and the islands in West Lake all create a dream fairyland. The lake shorelines are dotted with pavilions, bridges and houses under the sky, presenting a poetic picture of Chinese landscape painting.

Weeping Willows, Boating on West Lake viewed from Su Causeway

 

Withered lotus leaves, the pavilion bridge

 

A red dot in the picture of a large tree on the edge of Su Causeway

 

The poetic weeping willows and the distant pavilion bridge

 

The poetic scenery of weeping willows, boats and the distant south hill of West Lake

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!