The West Lake
The heart of Hangzhou is its lake: the city is organised around it and it’s the traveler’s high point, which is well deserved: Around the lake is a relaxed lifestyle: Water Calligraphy (Did he want to highlight the impermanence of things and life ?), Tai Chi, Cycling, Boating, or simply hang out and relax in at the Starbucks coffee…
The Two Tigers Springs
Hangzhou is also rich with ancient legends, such as this water spring, dating back to more than 1,000 years ago: The story goes that the area was very dry, there was very little water, but one day, this Buddhist priest dreamt of two tigers showing him the place of a spring; he decided to go by himself to the place the tigers had shown in his dream, and there he found the water and the tigers, and everyone lived happily ever after. The water is indeed of very high purity You can now enjoy green tea made with water from the spring in this relaxing tea house: sip your green tea and play cards for hours, this is Hangzhou’s lifestyle.
Another local celebrity is Yue Feng or General Yue: popular figure, he was a low ranking soldier when he joined the army, and made his way to the top to the rank of General. He defeated the northern Mongolian armies, and protected the area from their invasion thanks to his military skills. However his fame was overshadowing the emperor, who got him arrested and executed under fallacious reasons by local officials.
Modern, Global City
Hangzhou feels like a German city: cycling is very popular, petrol motorcycles have been banned and only electric bicycles are allowed, clear and wide avenues border the lake, and global brands have opened outlets in the fashionable lakeside district. “Getting Rich is Glorious” -Deng Xiaoping