50 Reasons To Travel This Fall; Forbes

When the forecast calls for cooler temperatures, these are the hot spots around the globe to visit.

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Shanghai Day Trips; Sarah; The Works Of Life

On our latest trip to China, we made Shanghai our home base for 6 days, staying in an eclectic Airbnb near Jing’An Temple that felt like part hostel, part Brooklyn loft, part Chinese-version-of-Ron-Weasley’s-house (Harry Potter fans, this place legitimately felt like the Burrow). Having our motley Woks of Life crew of travelers stay in Shanghai for an extended period turned out to be a great approach. Many additional destinations are easily accessible from Shanghai as day trips, allowing us to escape the skyscrapers and mega malls for a couple days to explore a traditional Chinese garden, tea farms, a lake…

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Hangzhou: Let the Beauty of West Lake Float Your Boat; Modern Diplomacy

From its rich history and healthy cuisine to Longjing tea and silk products, Hangzhou has a lot to be proud of, but all its myriad wonders fade in comparison to West Lake…

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Take a traditional Chinese wooden boat from the airport to this hotel; James Gabriel Martin; Lonely Planet

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This hotel uses traditional Chinese boat rides for airport transfers; Travel Wire Asia

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake is an intimate five-star hotel that was built in harmony with the surrounding landscape to reflect the fusion between humans and nature.

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China And France Build On Relations With New Eco-Tower; Juan Sebastian Pinto; Forbes

In the midst of a global trade war, a Chinese-French partnership in Hangzhou leads the way in sustainable, multicultural architecture.

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Hangzhou, West Lake, a Tea Plantation and attending the Song Dynasty Show; Michelle & Kevin Cavanagh

China – West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

On day five of our China trip we embarked on a tour of Hangzhou city; renowned for its beauty and abundance of cultural heritage it is the centre of the Zhejiang Provence, known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. We were accompanied by our new tour guide Anthony who, while good, was not a patch on Kitty who was a hard act to follow.

Hangzhou, which has been awarded the 2022 Asian Games, sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo and grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal. It has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium. The city’s West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immediately west of the city, is amongst its best-known attractions and was our first stop.

A freshwater lake it is divided into five sections by three causeways with numerous temples, pagodas, gardens and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics.

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8 Enchanting Places in Hangzhou You Absolutely Must Visit; Travel3Sixty

China – West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

The dreamlike landscape of Hangzhou’s most popular attractions seem to have been plucked right out of classical Chinese poetry.  Experience China’s rich cultural heritage and wonderful natural beauty at these 8 enchanting places in Hangzhou.

1. WEST LAKE

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, this star attraction of Hangzhou is a must-visit for every tourist. Rent a bicycle or take a scenic stroll along this freshwater lake, and stop by the many pagodas and pavilions along the way for a lovely picnic or a tranquil moment by the water. At night, watch Zhang Yimou’s Impression West Lake, a stunning open-air drama and dance performance complete with harmonious music and mesmerising light show.

2. LIUHE PAGODA

Perched atop Yuelun Mountain overlooking the serene Qiantang River, this pagoda with a height of 60 metres is one of Hangzhou’s iconic cultural buildings.

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8 Enchanting Places in Hangzhou You Absolutely Must Visit; Irvin Hanni; Travel3Sixty

China – West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

The dreamlike landscape of Hangzhou’s most popular attractions seem to have been plucked right out of classical Chinese poetry.  Experience China’s rich cultural heritage and wonderful natural beauty at these 8 enchanting places in Hangzhou.

1. WEST LAKE

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, this star attraction of Hangzhou is a must-visit for every tourist. Rent a bicycle or take a scenic stroll along this freshwater lake, and stop by the many pagodas and pavilions along the way for a lovely picnic or a tranquil moment by the water. At night, watch Zhang Yimou’s Impression West Lake, a stunning open-air drama and dance performance complete with harmonious music and mesmerising light show.

2. LIUHE PAGODA

Perched atop Yuelun Mountain overlooking the serene Qiantang River, this pagoda with a height of 60 metres is one of Hangzhou’s iconic cultural buildings.

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Most Beautiful Lakes in the World; Caitlin Morton; Condé Nast Traveler

China – West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

With their still surfaces and spectrum of colors, lakes showcase some of the most mesmerizing qualities of water. In fact, some of the most beautiful of these natural wonders, found all around the world from Bolivia to Siberia, will make you forget about beaches altogether. And while these examples may go by different names (lake, laguna, loch) they are all equally stunning—and worthy of a visit.

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

While folklore attributes the crimson waters of Laguna Colorada to the spilled blood of the gods, the salt lake actually largely gets its hue from red algae.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

With emerald waters, views of the Julien Alps, and a fairy-tale church on an island, there’s a reason Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular sites.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

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Beyond the Great Wall: 7 unique experiences to try in China; Nathan James Thomas; Intrepid Travel Blog

China – West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

From sultry forests that spread into Myanmar to the icy steppes of Inner Mongolia, China borders 14 other countries, more than any other nation. It has four times the population of the USA, and your shoes were probably made there. It is, in other words, so much more than just a famous wall.

Sure, the Great Wall really is a site to behold, but it’s not the only adventure to be had in China. Here are 7 epic, wall-free experiences you can have in ‘The Middle Kingdom.’

Eating Chongqing hotpot, the spiciest dish known to man

Well, the spiciest dish known to this man, anyway. Most people who haven’t visited China – and even some who have – have never heard of Chongqing, but it’s actually the biggest city in China by population!

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