Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
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Hangzhou is one of the important tourism cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the province as well. It is one of the 15 vice-provincial level cities in China. Hangzhou is located on the low reaches of Qiantang river in southeast China, with a distance of 180 kilometers to Shanghai. It is one of the key cities in the Yangzi Delta area. Hangzhou is of subtropical monsoon climate, with distinctive four seasons and mild atmosphere and favorable geographical positions and natural conditions. Hangzhou has 6 districts, 2 counties and 5 county-level municipalities under its jurisdiction. Hangzhou covers a total area of 16596 square kilometers, with a population of 6.08 million, including 683 square kilometers of city proper area and city population of 1.69 million people. Hangzhou is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. The human being had lived and prospered in this land 4700 years ago, which is called "Liangzhu Culture". Hangzhou had once been the capitals of Wu and Yue kingdoms of Five Dynasties during the 10th Century and capital of Southern Song Dynasty during the 12-13th Century. It is one of the seven ancient Chinese capitals, famous for its historical and cultural heritages. The city has a history of more than 2200 years since it was established as a county by the First Emperor Qing.
Located in Deqing County of Huzhou City in northeastern Zhejiang Province; Mogan Mountain has been listed as one of the 'Four Best Summer Resorts in China' along with Beidaihe Scenic Spot, Mt. Lushan and Jigong Mountain. Covering an area of 43 sq kilometers (about 10,625 acres) and with an average altitude of 500 meters (1,640 ft), Mogan Mountain is famous for its wild bamboo and dispersed villas of different styles and enthralling legends.
Villas hidden in the bamboo forest may surprise the visitors. More than two hundreds villas representing different styles, including European, American, Japanese, Russian, give the name 'World Architecture Museum' to Mogan Mountain. Gothic, Barroque or Rococo, northern and southern European, American and traditional Chinese architectures are scattered on the mountain. Most of the villas were built in the last century and were used by many famous people, such as the former leader of CCP Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the former leader of Kuomintang Chiang Kai-shek, the former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk and the former Chairman of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. Now the previous residences are well preserved and open to visitors.
It takes about two hours and a half to drive from Shanghai to Mogan Mountain. Winter is a good season to enjoy the Thoreau-style life in Mogan Mountain as the crystal cold air and few visitors contribute to the tranquility.
The layout of the hotel follows the geomancy tradition of ancient town in Zhejiang. The courtyard walls are tall and painted in elegant colors: white wall, grey bricks and black tiles. The cost the French boss eight years to design and construct. Behind the architectural complexes are the tea garden and the rose garden. The hotel features colorful scenery and fragrance over the mountains in most seasons.
When going inside the room, you will feel the enchanting warm air from the fireplace. Those who have ever stayed in luxury hotels shall be attracted by some details here. For instance, there is some pleasant aroma indoors. It may come from the oak floor, the furniture or the good wine in the cellar. The quality furnishing and decoration make people feel comfortable and natural.
How to Get There:
If you are in Hangzhou, you can take a direct coach to Mogan Mountain at the North Bus Station. The journey takes about one hour. If you are in Shanghai, you can take a train to Hangzhou first, or take a coach to Huzhou from the Old North Bus Station or the New Passenger Station. With a total journey time of two to three hours, you can get off at Mogan Mountain Stop.
Originally named Fushi, Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Located on the eastern shore of Taihu Lake, just 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Suzhou City, Tongli town is 63 square kilometers (24 square miles) in area and has a population of over 33 thousand. True to its reputation, Tongli is a really wonderful travel destination where you can spend a marvelous holiday or experience traditional Chinese culture. Follow our guide and you will have a general idea of this captivating water-town. These are the vital links between the different parts of town. Forty-nine stone bridges in a variety of styles join the seven islands created by fifteen rivers and five lakes upon which Tongli stands. Each bridge has a name and these examples will give you an idea of the poetic nature of the inhabitants. Tongli Town deserves its reputation of a 'museum of ancient architectures' as there are good many houses and temples dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Built along the riversides and decorated with flying eaves, carved windows, porcelain furniture, figured clay bricks, dapper gardens and small stairs leading down to the water, these complexes mean Tongli is a shining pearl among the water-towns south of Yangtze River. Tongli is a town with a profound cultural background and achievement. From ancient times, it has been teeming with poets, painters, Confucian scholars and government officials. Their abilities have made great contributions to progress in many areas of the country. Dozens of stone tablets from different periods are preserved in Tongli and many of the streets are named after their official titles. Walking through the alleys of this venerable water town, one cannot fail to appreciate its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere.
The city of Suzhou, originally constructed by HE LU, rule of the State of Wu, will celebrate the 2500th anniversary of its foundation this year. This ancient city witnessed in its long history innumerable epoch making events and countless eminent of the per-sonages. These have become a rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people. The towarding pagoda on the Tiger Hill is mute testimony to the splendid culture and civilisation of the city. people in Suzhou are adept in gathering condensing and reproducing everything beautiful that has ever existed. The gardens for which Suzhou is famous boast the exquisite reproduction in as small area of lofty mountains and affluent rivers, imperial palaces and country houses. Gardens such as Canglang Pavilion, Zhuozheng yuan(The Humble Administrators garden), Wangshiyuan(Anglers Garden), Shizilin(the lion Grove Garden), Liuyuan(Lingering garden), Yiyuan(Joyous garden), etc. Epitomise the different architectural styles of the Song , Yuan , Ming and Qing Dynasties. Tourists will be dazzled by the great variety of handicraft articles -- potted landscapes, Suzhou embroidery sandalwood fans, theatrical engraving, mahogany furniture, minute carving -- which are known far and wide for their superb artistry.
Mercato Piccolo is Three on the Bund’s latest culinary project. Riding on the success of Mercato Shanghai, Mercato Piccolo, a brand extension concept of Mercato, opened its door at Hangzhou Tower Mall. It reflects the same rustic chic & farm to table spirit, while adapts to the shopping mall environment.
Mercato Piccolo embraces a “back to basics” approach to Italian cuisine. The best Italian cooking is noted for the simple, yet elegant preparation of quality ingredients. Highlights include amazing light-as-air pizzas, house made pastas, and incredible main dishes graced with the true flavor of Italy. Of course, simpler and lighter lunch selections are also available for the efficiency-seeking guests.
The space can be separated into two areas: dining area and bar lounge. The design reflects the essence of Mercato Shanghai, through the use of reclaimed wood and metal in key elements like the tables or partitions. Yet here the style is a little modernized, notably with the stone flooring, to bridge with the contemporary building hosting the restaurant. Here, cement and mosaic have been integrated to highlight certain areas like the bar or the lounge, which are more integrated yet independent from the restaurant. The restaurant’s warm farm-chic ambiance makes it a welcoming environment for casual or formal all-day dining, with family, friends or business partners. The generous terrace seating compliments the dining room and is ideal to enjoy alfresco dining.
The Mercato Piccolo Bar also features an original selection of cocktails like the signature Sicilian Margarita, Mercato Colada, Amaretto Martini or a fresh and bubbly Passionfruit Prosecco Infusion. A short but well thought selection of Italian, old and new world wines are available as well, making the Mercato Piccolo Bar the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or late night drink.
Mercato Piccolo’s decidedly simple and understated approach represents a refreshing face to Hangzhou’s dining scene. The relaxed sophistication, addictive cuisine, and friendly, thoroughly unpretentious service paints a picture of Italian life as it should be experienced in its purest form.