The Wonders of Hangzhou…

When it comes to touring Hangzhou, there are many wonders of Hangzhou, but it is the West Lake and Xixi National Wetland Park that everyone should stop at, and that’s exactly what the following bus route does. For a tour of two of Hangzhou’s wonders then simply jump on board…

Bus Stop: Xiaoche Bridge (小车桥: xiao che qiao)

During the Southern Song Dynasty, at the south side of Xiaoche Bridge, there was the Jingling Palace, in front of which there was a gate where emperors would enter in their imperial carriages or on horseback. That is why the bridge is now called Xiaoche (Small Carriage) Bridge. At the north of the bridge is Fengbo (Wind and Wave) Pavilion, the place where the famed General Yue Fei was murdered and now the place to reminisce the national hero.

Bus Stop: Children’s Palace (少年宫: shao nian gong)

Children’s Palace, aka Hangzhou Teenager Activity Center, is a garden-like after-school culture education and activity venue for teenagers. It covers technology, art, literature, sports, foreign language learning, and there is also an amusement park, where most of the rides cost only 4 RMB.

Bus Stop: Geling Peak (葛岭: ge ling)

Geling Peak is an eminent result of Taoism. It has been said that during the East Jin Dynasty, the famous Taoist master Ge Hong settled here following the Taoism doctrine and practicing alchemy which is why the hill was later named after him as Geling Peak.

On the hill, there is a Baopu Taoist Temple, which has many well-preserved Taoism-related historical relics such as the alchemy terrace, alchemy well and Chuyang (The First Beam of Sunrise) Platform. The Chuyang Platform used to be the place where Ge Hong absorbed the essence of the earth and heaven, but is now the place to view Hangzhou’s famous sunrise over the West Lake.

Bus Stop: Xinxin Hotel (新新饭店: xin xin fan dian)

Xinxin Hotel opened in the early twentieth century and since 1996, it has undergone several renovations, making it now a modern comprehensive hotel concerning foreign affairs and offering both business and tourism accommodation, dining and entertainment. The famous Qiushui Village has also become a part of the hotel.

Bus Stop: Yue Fei Mausoleum (岳庙: yue miao)

Yue Fei Mausoleum stands at the southern foot of Qixia Peak beside the West Lake. Yue Fei Mausoleum has long been the place that people visit to reminisce General Yue Fei, and despising the ones who were responsible for his murder. Inside the mausoleum, there are historical stories regarding General Yue Fei, a giant statue of General Yue Fei and the tomb of General Yue Fei with the bronze statue of the four sinners kneeling in front of the tomb.

Bus Stop: the Intersection of Huajiang Road and Wenyi West Road (文一西路花蒋路口站: wen yi xi lu hua jiang lu kou)

The bus stop is close to the northern entrance of Xixi National Wetland Park. Xixi National Wetland Park is well known as the "Three Xi’s (West) of Hangzhou" (short for the three landmark attractions in Hangzhou) along with West Lake (Xihu), and Xiling Seal-Engravers' Society. It is China’s first and only national wetland park, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland.