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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

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Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
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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!

The Pure and Fresh Winter Beauty of West Lake in Hangzhou

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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Plan your Hangzhou tour? January is the coldest month in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 2 hours’ drive to the south-west of the metropolitan Shanghai.

Hangzhou is a garden city noted for its charming West Lake, a site of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. For various reasons, you are going to visit Hangzhou during the coldest January or February, the garden city still won’t let you disappointed. It will embrace your with its pureness and freshness of the winter scenes.

Yesterday Hangzhou fell to the lowest temperature at – 6 degrees  celsius. Braving the extreme coldness in Hangzhou climate history,  at noon I took the shuttle boat from Huagang Wharf to the largest island in West Lake. The island is known as Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly nicknamed “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon”.

One of the merits of visiting Hangzhou in winter is the less tourist crowd with more time and space for your own.  The return boat ticket costs 55 yuan. I was the only person in the boat cruising from Huagang Wharf to the island.

Xiaoyingzhou, or popularly known as “Three Mirrors Reflecting the Moon” is a typical Chinese gardening art with limpid lakes in the form of Chinese character – 田. Pavilions, zigzag bridges,  lakes, trees and bamboos are harmoniously set in the island.

Leftover snow still blanketed the island landscape here and there in a delicate way. About 80% of the lake surfaces were frozen with thin layers of ice.  It is said that the frozen surface scenes in the island haven’t been seen in winter in the past 7 years.

There weren’t t many tourists on the island yesterday. I walked around the island leisurely and took some photos of the winter landscape of the charming island. Please share some of my pictures below taken yesterday.

The Zigzag Bridge on the Island.

 

The four inner lakes are connected by poetic bridges.

 

The charming landscape of the island in winter.

 

Pavilions, Trees, Bridges and Lakes dominate the landscape.

 

The natural beauty of the island.

 

The Pavilion is the best place to view the three pagodas above the lake.

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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

Snow Turns West Lake Hangzhou into a White Fairyland

Saturday, January 27th, 2018
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Nowadays snowing has become a rare thing in many cities in China due to the effects of global warming.  In my childhood memories there used to snow a lot in my hometown – Hangzhou. People in Hangzhou now expect snowing every year with fewer chances of snowing in the past 20 years.

Snow in China is inclined to fall in the northern China and relatively less in the southern China.  But this year much of the snow drops in the south instead of the north for unknown reasons.

While Beijing people are still anxiously waiting for their maiden snow this year, Hangzhou people are happily met by snow today! Snow turns West Lake in Hangzhou into a white fairyland.

People flock around the 20 km-some West Lake, sightseeing and taking photos. I myself take the earliest bus to the city center of Hangzhou and walk to the lake shoreline for appreciating the snow scenes. Below are some of the pictures taken on my day trip to the West Lake after snowing.

Snow Scenery at the landmark attraction in West Lake.

 

People flock to the parks dotted around the lake, playing,sightseeing and taking photos.

 

Colorfully attired, people are in great mood.

 

Taking pictures using smart phones,sharing with their relatives and friends in WeChat ( Chinese version of Facebook).

 

A poetic China painting of trees and water.

 

Snow-covered China landscape – Pavilions, zigzag bridges , water, trees…..

 

Braving the cold,dressed in red, people add colors to the pure snow.

 

The snow scene in Guozhuang on the west of the West Lake.

 

On the Broken Bridge, one of the most famous attractions around the 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.