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Relax the Mind, Restore the Body and Revive the Spirit with Health and Wellness Travel in Hangzhou, China

April 19, 2014 Spa & Wellness No Comments Email Email

The path to enlightenment has been paved with the picturesque lakes, luxurious spas and ancient temples of Hangzhou, home to some of the top health and wellness retreats in China.
Described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world” for its ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, Hangzhou is one of the oldest capital cities in China with a rich history dating back 5,000 years.

With more than two-thirds of North Americans wanting a health and wellness-themed vacation, travel agents and tour operators are increasingly adding Hangzhou to tourist’s China travel itineraries. The destination has options for travelers in search of a physical and spiritual escape to the pagodas and gardens around the city’s lakes, the spas and springs of its luxury hotels and the teachings of its diverse temples.

Below are the best ways to a healthy mind, body and spirit in Hangzhou:

Mind:

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West Lake: With a mixture of islands, pavilions, villas, courtyards, arched bridges, monasteries, lagoons and tea plantations, West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench a traveler’s thirst for pure relaxation and transcendent contemplation.  Combining sublime natural beauty with ancient Chinese culture, a visitor will feel immersed in nature, and at the same time feel like they have left the current century and gone back in time hundreds of years.  Put simply, a walk around West Lake or a nap on the banks of a secluded inlet can clear the mind of most anything.

Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve: Travelers looking to experience mindfulness and enlightenment as Buddha once did can walk Tianmu Mountain, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.  The mountain boasts a sub-tropical climate surrounded by negative oxygen ions that are said to positively stimulate the nervous system and blood flow.  The mountain is also home to 39 endangered animal species, over 2,000 plant species, the 87-foot “Giant Tree King,” a Japanese Cedar named by the emperor of the Qing dynasty, bamboo shoots, waterfalls and ancient temples.

Baishui Gully Dotted with 108 lakes, cascading waterfalls and a stunning primeval forest, the gully is sure to create an out-of-body experience for all travelers.  The gully’s annual Spring Bamboo Shoot Festival offers the option of digging up bamboo shoots and sampling prepared dishes of the healthy veggie known for medicinal benefits.

Lingyin Temple: This “Monastery of Soul’s Retreat” stands out as one of the largest and most influential Chan monasteries in China.  Travelers can meditate, pray, or simply soak up the temple’s serenity to achieve Nirvana, a transcendent state free from suffering and from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth.  As one of the top 10 Buddhist temples in China, temple has been welcoming souls for over 1,700 years.

Baopu Taoist Temple:  Situated on Geling Hill, Baopu Taoist Temple is, without question, the best place to savor Taoism in Hangzhou.  Because its off-the-beaten-track and relatively hidden amid a dense forest, this is a place for quiet observance of spirit.  The temple is named after an alchemist who lived on Geling Hill – his life’s work was to create the elixir of life.

Hangzhou’s Yoga Summit: A Qing-style building at the top of Wu Hill, this yoga center overlooks West Lake for ultimate serenity.  The center offers morning, evening and full-day sessions of all types of yoga.  The mindset of the summit is that the location itself is “heaven” overlooking West Lake.  Visitors can become one with themselves and with nature through the practice and harmony of yoga.

For more information, visit www.gotohz.com

Body:
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Amanfayun: Mirrored as an ancient Chinese village, there are a myriad of sites within this resort in which to restore the mind, body and soul.  The Aman Spa consists of five separate buildings surrounded by bamboo groves, tea bushes and Magnolia trees, tThe Reception and Reflexology House offers traditional foot and hand reflexology and the Bath House contains treatment rooms equipped with a circular wooden soaking tub, a rain shower, a steam room and double-seated showers.  Other locations offer anything from Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, pedicures, massages, aromatherapy and Asian healing therapies.

Banyan Tree Spa: Guests can experience the tranquil Banyan Tree Hangzhou, a resort located at the edge of Xixi National Wetland Park.  Offered are Gui Shi Hot Stones massages, said to promote the flow of qi, and the Oriental Bath Experience, which offers a choice of yin (cold) or yang (warm) body scrubs derived from indigenous materials such as longjing tea.

Tuankou Radon Hot Spring:  While residents were aware of the hot springs hundreds of years ago, they have only recently become a popular site for locals and visitors alike.  Radon, a colorless, odorless element is meant to stimulate cell tissue for a revitalizing experience.  Tuankou Radon Hot Spring is the biggest spring in East China, covering 18,000 square meters and with a capacity to hold over 1,700 people.

Xin’an River Sulfur Hot Spring: This is the only hot spring in Zhejiang Province that naturally contains sulfur, which is reputed to protect against toxins.  The spring was discovered in 1987 by oil exploration workers. They didn’t find oil but they struck the sulfur-rich spring 700 meters below the surface. In 2009, Xin’an River Hot Spring bubbled to life as a tourist attraction.  Some of the smaller springs include Chinese herbs, rice wine or coffee, each offering varying therapeutic effects.

Spirit:
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Lingyin Temple: This “Monastery of Soul’s Retreat” stands out as one of the largest and most influential Chan monasteries in China.  Travelers can meditate, pray, or simply soak up the temple’s serenity to achieve Nirvana, a transcendent state free from suffering and from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth.  As one of the top 10 Buddhist temples in China, temple has been welcoming souls for over 1,700 years.

Baopu Taoist Temple:  Situated on Geling Hill, Baopu Taoist Temple is, without question, the best place to savor Taoism in Hangzhou.  Because its off-the-beaten-track and relatively hidden amid a dense forest, this is a place for quiet observance of spirit.  The temple is named after an alchemist who lived on Geling Hill – his life’s work was to create the elixir of life.

Hangzhou’s Yoga Summit: A Qing-style building at the top of Wu Hill, this yoga center overlooks West Lake for ultimate serenity.  The center offers morning, evening and full-day sessions of all types of yoga.  The mindset of the summit is that the location itself is “heaven” overlooking West Lake.  Visitors can become one with themselves and with nature through the practice and harmony of yoga.

For more information, visit www.gotohz.com

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