HANGZHOU: Experiencing Cultures in the Living Poetry
Being poetic is ordinary; but being in itself a poetry, that’s what makes all the difference!
Home of Silk. Tea Capital. Paradise on Earth. There are many names they used to call it, but one thing’s for sure - standing elegantly on the southeastern coast of China as the capital of Zhejiang Province, this is the promised city with a treasure trove of cultural gems where an unparalleled discovery awaits!
While West Lake and the Grand Canal are registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Hangzhou is surrounded with pagoda-dotted hills and aquamarine water. Its culturally rich landscape set against the historic temples, pagodas and gardens, nature is blended seamlessly into the urban city scene, bridging the past, present and future together.
Go visit this heavenly destination and explore the authenticity of the Living Poetry - Experience Hangzhou, experience cultures!
Liuying Hotel (West Lake-Cultural Landscape)
An iconic landmark running on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage, West Lake has been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese poets, painters and garden designers with its scenic and legendary charm, privileging the city with an impressive range of attractions from the classic “Ten Famous Scenes of West Lake” to the modern “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou”. At Liu Ying Hotel, take advantage of the exclusive backdrop of West Lake and enjoy sunlight and shades pouring in from a landscape that is alive!
Four Seasons Hotel at West Lake (Dongpo Pork-Culinary Culture)
Bring your appetite too! Whether you’re a massive foodie or not, be enchanted by how cuisines of Hangzhou boast interesting allusions to historical figures and tales! “Dongpo’s Four Delicacies” invented by renowned poet Su Dongpo by chance, for example, come as popular choices on the banquet menus both locally and nationally! At Four Season’s Hotel at West Lake’s Jin Sha, enjoy your first mouthful of the signature Dongpo Pork in strong meaty fragrance, and let your taste buds literally blossom with authentic flavors!
Origin of the “Green Queen” aka the famous Dragon Well (Longjing) tea, Hangzhou has been one of the most famous tea production bases in China endowed with profound tea culture and history. The West Lake Longjing tea even ranks first in the Top 10 Famous Tea in China for its exquisite tea making processes and unique qualities! At Landison Longjing Resort, get hands-on experience picking and frying tea leaves and take a palatable sip of tea in front of panoramic views of tea plantations!
Weaving a reputed history in the development of silk with her “Home of Silk” status, Hangzhou features thousands upon thousands of this flawless fabric which exudes different patterns, designs and colors, bringing out the city’s flair for aesthetics in every way! As you enter the lobby of Ru Yi Boutique Hotel at West Lake, tune in for how the front desk area turns into a mini silk museum with its signature gigantic jacquard weaved wall in painted silk, and celebrate the artistic ingenuity of this ‘Flower of Oriental Art’!
Walking through ancient halls framed by straight-peaked traditional roofs, sandalwood beams, buttressed columns in an elegant mountainous aesthetic, you have to admit architects of Hangzhou knew what they were doing back in time! At Yagu Resort, from the picturesque courtyard surrounded by lush foliage to indoor décor in the typical style of a Shikumen, get to the fundamental principles of Hangzhou style architecture and relax in harmony with nature!
A must-visit for Buddhists all over the world! The Buddhist heritage of Hangzhou is rooted when the Indian Monk Huili founded Lingyin Temple based on the city’s potential as a meditation site. During the prosperity period, there was a record of 480 Buddhist temples in Hangzhou that reinstates the significance of the religion! Located only a 10-minute walk from Lingyin Temple, Pins De La Brume Hotel promises a secluded stay with seven famous 1600-year-old temples around, while carefully adhering the Buddhist principle of simplicity in every detail of its guest room design. Simply leave the hustle and bustle behind and embrace mindfulness!