The picturesque city is often associated with West Lake, the well-known attractions with different charm in four seasons. But the natural beauty in the city is more than West Lake.
The Qiangtang River located in the east of Hangzhou is famous for its magnificent tides, while the Xixi wetland situated in the western part of the city is notable for its rich ecological resources. Seventy percent of the wetland is consisted of ports, ponds and bogs.
The Qiandao Lake in the south of the city has the best water quality in China. The visibility in this area is up to 12 meters deep in sunny days.
In addition to the natural scenery, the food in Hangzhou is also fantastic. An example can prove the charm of those food. Several US tourists traveling in the city lived less than 1 kilometer from the West Lake, but they didn’t visit it immediately because they were indulged in the fabulous local food.
One of the famous dishes is the steamed grass carp in vinegar gravy. The fresh fish, together with the sour and sweet gravy, can make mouth watering.
Another representative is the Dongpo pork. Made by pan-frying and then red cooking pork belly, the pork is cut thick, about 2 inches square, and consists equally of fat and lean meat. It is famous for its soft mouthfeel.
Longjing prawns, also well-known as shrimp stir-fried with Dragon Well tea, produced using the meat of live river prawns and boiling water infused with Longjing tea, tea leaves and Shaoxing wine. It also won fame because the dish was included in the menu when then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai hosted the US President Richard Nixon in 1972.
In addition to the cuisine and splendid scenery, Hangzhou, as the origin of Wu-Yue Culture, will also greet the guests with profound historic connotation and cultural relics.
By Fang Min from People’s Daily/News Ghana