Demystify the Secrets of Knives, Umbrellas and Fans
Hit the China Fan Museum to familiarize with myriad Chinese and western fans. You will be amazed by the exquisiteness and diversity of Chinese fans across all dynasties and regions. If fan is your cup of tea, this museum is not to be missed.
Day1 ---- Demystify the Secrets of Knives, Umbrellas and Fans
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua Hotel
Known as the house of silk, Hangzhou city has also sewn the seed in being recognised as a centre for arts and crafts. With a number of arty locations scattered around town it is actually Qiaoxi Historic Block, Hangzhou’s premier craft venue, that has weaved itself into the hearts and hands of the locals and the millions of tourists that visit each year.
With six museums and each showcasing a number of Hangzhou’s finest crafts you will be spoilt for choice with the number of crafty activities to get stuck into. From threading silk onto umbrellas and painting fans to paper-cutting and calligraphy, any one of the museums sat along the banks of the Grand Canal is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Schedule: Hit the China Fan Museum to familiarize with myriad Chinese and western fans. You will be amazed by the exquisiteness and diversity of Chinese fans across all dynasties and regions. If fan is your cup of tea, this museum is not to be missed. Lingering longer, you can have a glimpse of the origin, history, culture, functions and producing procedures of fans. In addition, its upper floor also displays fans from across the world. Maybe you can find fans from your country.
Then, we stroll along the Qiaoxi Historical Block to watch barges and boats gliding by, listen to the splashing waves, sit down in an open-air waterfront patio for a while and order some drinks and snap some photos.
Later, we delve into the China Knives, Scissors& Swords Museum. Though it is less romantic and engaging compared to its neighbors, half an hour spent here will be equally enriching and enlightening. You will be awed by the sophistication and advancement of Chinese weapons and their wide application.
Cap off our day by a stopover to China Umbrella Museum. Be bewitched by stunning West Lake Silk Parasol. Be entertained by the umbrella craftsmen. Be amazed by the novel umbrellas of specific usages, such as anti-typhoon. Bring some umbrellas home. Umbrellas of all materials, sizes and colors can be bought inside.
Activity Venue: Museum Interaction Zone, which includes: China Knives, Scissors & Swords Museum, China Umbrella Museum and China Fan Museum
Activity Time: 9:30—16:00 at weekends
Bus No. 70, No. 61 or No. 591 bus --Get off at Taizhou Crossing--Pass Gongchen Bridge--Turn left for 300 meters
Bus No. 79 or No. 129 –Get off at West of Gongchen Bridge Station--Cross Gongchen Bridge--Turn left for 300 meters
By Water Bus
Gongchen Bridge Station--Pass Gongchen Bridge---Turn left for 300 meters.