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Hangzhou, home to China’s best natural scenery

There are few places in China that can offer scenery as beautiful as that of Hangzhou’s. Home to the renowned West Lake which offers both historical and cultural sites, the city is a perfect spot for nature lovers. If taking in the scenic view isn’t enough, though, you may want to drop by the National Silk Museum for a glimpse at silk-making processes, or the National Tea Museum where you may learn about traditional tea ceremonies and take home a souvenir for your friends and family. Shop at Qing He Fang street, offering fantastic deals on local wares and beautiful ancient architecture that date back to the 1100s.

Places to Stay

Amanfayun Hangzhou

In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on14 hectares to the west of West Lake – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 – and on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields, natural forests and lush groves of bamboo. A short drive from the city centre, Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore the region’s ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas, countless pagodas and Hangzhou’s famous silk and shopping streets.

Banyan Tree Hangzhou

Let the splendour of nature and centuries-old cultural legacy enthral you. Enveloped in lush greenery and calm waters, Banyan Tree Hangzhou offers Hangzhou’s most spacious accommodations and gives an authentic sense of place and priceless tranquillity. Discover the Jiangnan-style “water-village” resort experience located inside the Xixi wetlands, China’s first wetlands reserve. The Xixi National Wetland Park is home to an amazing wealth of thriving plant and animal life.

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