Confucius Temple


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 ceiling. Seated within are imposing figures of Confucius and other Confucian philosophers, including Mencius. Stone sutras with Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist texts are on display.

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1. Chinese Academy of Art

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On the eastern shore of West Lake, housed in the Chinese Academy of Art (中国美术学院, Zhōngguó Měishùxuéyuàn) is this free art gallery. Exhibitions are all…

2. Qinghefang Old Street

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

3. Huqing Yutang Chinese Medicine Museum

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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,…

4. West Lake


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

5. Leifeng Pagoda

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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…

6. Xiaoying Island

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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…

7. Jingci Temple

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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,…

8. Three Pools Mirroring the Moon


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…