Monday, December 6, 2010

Hangzhou is the Best Tourism City of China

The Best Tourism City of China. The Oriental Capital of Leisure. The City of Quality Life. The Tea Capital of China. The City of Silk. The Happiest City of China. The City of Love.

The city of Hangzhou in China may have given you the slightest hint of what kind of place it is through the titles and descriptions it was given, but you can only know Hangzhou if you’ll be there to experience it for yourself.

Hangzhou is located at the Southeast coast of China, at the south end of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and is the central city in the south wing of Yangtze River Delta. It is the capital of Zhejiang province.

It was awarded “The Best Tourism City of China” last February 2007 by the China National Tourism Administration and the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations.

As one of the scholars of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation to study in Fudan University in Shanghai, it is a blessing that Hangzhou is quite near my current city during that time, which made it easier for me to see for myself the real grandeur of the place.

 The biggest attraction of Hangzhou is the West Lake.

With its picturesque landscape along with the myths and historical significance surrounding it, the West Lake was identified as one of the most important cultural heritage of China. In fact, its picture is printed at every one yuan bill which was issued last 2004.

Riding the club car that tours everybody all around West Lake costs around ten yuan or equivalent to seventy pesos. Riding the club car can be very convenient especially for those who are after the many parks, stores and temples surrounding the lake. But for some who want to take the tour as, literally, a walk in the park and to see the beauty of West Lake in their own paces, walking around it can be the best option.

Included in the Top Ten Scenes of the West Lake published in the Hangzhou Travel Guide by the Hangzhou Tourism Commission are, in no particular order, Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge, Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Leifing Pagoda Evening Glow, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Viewing Fish at Flower Pond, Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden and Twin Peeks Perching the Cloud.

With the many attractions as well as cultural and historical significance Hangzhou offers as a city, it is indeed a rightful owner of the title of “The Best Tourism City of China”. As a city it showcases not only its own beauty and importance but also the beauty and importance of the efforts that the Chinese is giving to its culture and history, as well as to the places that are connected to it.

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