Must-see attractions in Zhejiang

  • West Lake of Hangzhou

    West Lake

    Hangzhou

    The very definition of classical beauty in China, West Lake is utterly mesmerising: pagoda-topped hills rise over willow-lined waters as boats drift…

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    Lingyin Temple

    Hangzhou

    Hangzhou’s most famous Buddhist temple, Lingyin Temple was originally built in AD 326, but has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 16 times. During…

  • Longjing Tea Village

    Hangzhou

    The lush, green scenery around this tea village up in the hills southwest of West Lake makes for a wonderful break from the bustle of Hangzhou. Visitors…

  • Bǎijiānlóu

    Zhejiang

    Oddly overlooked by most visitors, this 400m stretch of 100 (or so) wooden row houses, flanking a narrow canal, is Nanxun's most charming spot. The…

  • Jingci Temple

    Hangzhou

    The serene yet monastically active Chan (Zen) Jingci Temple was built in AD 954 and has been fully restored. The splendid first hall contains the massive,…

  • Jinhua Architecture Park

    Zhejiang

    Jinhua Architecture Park is made up of 16 pavilions, designed by international and domestic architects, strung over 2km along the Yìwū River. It was…

  • Six Harmonies Pagoda

    Hangzhou

    The 60m-high octagonal Six Harmonies Pagoda, dating from AD 1165 in its current form but first built in AD 960, is a stout pagoda that once served as a…

  • Mu Xin Art Museum

    Wuzhen

    Opened in 2015, the imposing white slabs of this gallery couldn't be more in contrast to the black timber houses of the surrounding Xizha scenic area of…

  • Puji Temple

    Zhejiang

    Fronted by large ponds and overlooked by towering camphor trees and luohan pines, this restored Chan (Zen) temple stands by the main square and dates from…

  • Qinghefang Old Street

    Hangzhou

    At the southern end of Zhongshan Zhonglu is this touristy, crowded and bustling pedestrian street, with makeshift puppet theatres, teahouses, and gift and…

  • Zhuge

    Zhejiang

    Traditional Chinese village architecture and feng shui planning have created a village laid out according to the bāguà (八卦, eight trigrams) of the I Ching…

  • Fayu Temple

    Zhejiang

    Colossal camphor trees and a huge gingko tree tower over this yellow-roof-tiled Chan (Zen) temple, where a vast glittering statue of Guanyin sits…

  • South Sea Guanyin

    Zhejiang

    The first thing you see as you approach Putuoshan by boat is this 33m-high glittering statue of Guanyin, overlooking the waves at the southernmost tip of…

  • Moganshan Hilltop Resort

    Zhejiang

    A blessed release from the suffocating summer torpor roasting north Zhejiang, this delightful hilltop resort (719m) was developed by 19th-century…

  • Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum

    Hangzhou

    The Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum has a dispensary and clinic adjoined to the museum. Established by the Qing dynasty merchant Hu Xueyan in 1874,…

  • Xiaoying Island

    Hangzhou

    Wooden cruise boats shuttle visitors from a number of points on the banks of West Lake to the Mid-Lake Pavilion and Xiaoying Island, which has a fine…

  • Old Bund

    Ningbo

    The centrepiece of the Old Bund is a cobblestoned street with strings of fairy lights luring you towards the clubs and live-music bars. If that's too much…

  • China National Silk Museum

    Hangzhou

    This vast museum is devoted to all things silk, covering fashion, craftsmanship and the historic Silk Road in great depth. Extensive galleries showcase…

  • Baopu Taoist Temple

    Hangzhou

    In the forested hills above West Lake, reachable by a pleasant hike, is the striking tiled-roof, yellow-walled Baopu Taoist Temple. The temple’s first…

  • Siping

    Zhejiang

    Without its homestay program, the few visitors to the miniscule village of Siping would miss out on its collection of brick and wood carvings. Siping lies…

  • Dagong Hall

    Zhejiang

    This splendid memorial hall overlooking the tàijí diagram pond at the centre of the village is a huge, airy space with a pairing of huge black Chinese…

  • Leifeng Pagoda

    Hangzhou

    Topped with a golden spire, the eye-catching Leifeng Pagoda can be climbed for fine views of the lake. The original pagoda, built in AD 977, collapsed in…

  • Confucius Temple

    Hangzhou

    A repository of silence and calm, Hangzhou’s Confucius Temple is worth exploring for the main hall and the fabulous painted woodwork of its beams and…

  • Baoshi Hill

    Hangzhou

    Baoshi Hill is one of the loveliest places in Hangzhou to take a hike. Numerous well-kept paths wind through the forest, taking you up steep slopes and…

  • Zhong Pond

    Zhejiang

    Eight (the number mirroring the eight trigrams of the bāguà) lanes radiate from this pond at the heart of the village. The feng shui symbol of the Zhuge,…

  • Hangzhou Botanical Garden

    Hangzhou

    With huge tracts of towering bamboo, flowering magnolias and other delightful plants and trees, these vast gardens make for lovely walks to the northwest…

  • Taiziwan Park

    Hangzhou

    This exquisite and serene park just south of the Su Causeway off West Lake offers quiet walks among lush woodland, ponds, lakes, rose gardens and lawns…

  • Three Pools Mirroring the Moon

    Hangzhou

    From Xiaoying Island, you can look over at Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, three small towers in the water on the southern side of the island; each has…

  • Xīzhà

    Wuzhen

    The Xīzhà scenic zone is more spread out so feels less packed, even though visitors spend more time here. It is the more photogenic of the two scenic…

  • Catholic Church

    Hangzhou

    This Catholic church has lovely stained glass windows and a compassionate effigy of Mary above the door. It's got quite the history – dating back to 1659,…

  • Beijian Bridge

    Zhejiang

    The gracefully arching, covered Beijian Bridge is the most picturesque of Sixi's wooden bridges. It was originally built in 1674 and last rebuilt in 1803…

  • Quyuan Garden

    Hangzhou

    On the northwestern shore of West Lake, this lovely collection of gardens spreads out over numerous islets and is renowned for its fragrant spring lotus…

  • Mid-Lake Pavilion

    Hangzhou

    A Ming dynasty Chinese pavilion sits on this small islet in the West Lake. Many of the cruise boats pass close by it, but it's not accessible to tourists.

  • Bazi Bridge

    Zhejiang

    Shrouded in ivy and shaped like the character for lucky number eight (八, bā), this 900-year-old stone bridge is Shaoxing's most famous.

  • Hangzhou Old City Wall Exhibition Hall

    Hangzhou

    Hangzhou is famed for its lake, but the lake was once only a (glorious) appendage to a flourishing and magnificent city. The historic city of Hangzhou –…

  • Nanxun

    Zhejiang

    This lived-in Southern Song dynasty water town has unique architecture that fuses Chinese and European styles. With fewer visitors than other canal-filled…

  • China National Tea Museum

    Hangzhou

    Not far into the hills of Hangzhou, you’ll begin to see fields of tea bushes planted in undulating rows, the setting for the China Tea Museum – 3.7…

  • Foding Mountain

    Zhejiang

    A steep but beautifully shaded half-hour to 45-minute climb can be made up Foding Mountain – Buddha’s Summit Peak – the highest point on the island. This…

  • Xinye

    Zhejiang

    There is a lovely big-family feel to this village in Zhejiang Province, and no wonder when virtually everybody is related across a 'Ye' surname family…

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