Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is known as the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, originating in Beijing. Many popular poems were created to describe the beautiful West Lake since the ninth century. Around 975 C.E., many artists, poet, and musicians are already living in this beautiful city. Today, many people visit Hangzhou for its renowned historic relics such as West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Liuhe Pagoda (Six Harmonies Pagoda), Yellow Cave Park, Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring), Hiking Trail at Previous Stone Hill and others. However, there are hidden gems in Hangzhou that is free to visit.
1. Baoshi Mount, Bai Causeway – Recommended to go at night to avoid traffic. Stand on the baoshi mount and you can see the entire West Lake. You can also see the shadow of the entire city reflects on the water.
2. Grand Canal Hangzhou – The total length is 4.3 km. You will pass by 14 bridges along the way.
3. XiaoHe ZhiJie – It is only approximately 1 km. Many old houses, restaurant and hotels around. Recommend to walk into any noodle shop with a lot of customers. Order a bowl of noodle and take your lunch.
4. Maojiabu Village, Hangzhou – You don’t find many foreign tourists at Maojiabu Village during off peak season. A great place for an escape.
5. Prince Bay Park (Taiziwan Gong Yuan) – You will see people shooting wedding photos regardless of spring, summer, autumn, or winter.
6. Yanggong Dike – The length is 3.4 km. Photos say a thousand words.
7. Wansong Academy – Located near to Wu Hill scenic area. It is a great place to visit if you want to see the traditional private school of China. It is also the school for the famous Butterfly Lovers.
8. Hangzhou Library – The main library in Hangzhou organizes many events and all of them are free include a high-speed Wi-Fi connection.
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