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Top Ten Free Things To Do In Hangzhou

June 6, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Print Print Email Email

Though it’s home to the $100 billion e-commerce phenomenon Alibaba, many of the activities in the culture-rich city of Hangzhou are free.  The Chinese have a saying, “The best things in life are free,” and fervently believe it.http://www.thailand.net.au/training/ If you’re there for pleasure or on business this summer, here’s how to make the most of Hangzhou’s abundant charms:

  1. Visit one of the world’s most romantic lakes – West Lake, setting of China’s Romeo and Juliet legend and inspiration to countless poets, artists and musicians. But, if you crave a cruise on this UNESCO World Heritage site, Uber will oblige.
  2. See the Grand Canal, the world’s longest man-made canal – free for the viewing.  Or course its waters via hydro-autobus.
  3. Slip into China National Silk Museum, the largest silk museum in the world. The free-admittance gem showcases Chinese silk history and culture and is appropriately set in Hangzhou, the world’s top silk producer.
  4. Get exercised:  Learn from a Martial Arts Master the basics of Taichi, the ancient martial art known for its health benefits.  Or learn by watching – for free – locals performing Taichi in the morning at public parks.
  5. Take a hike – on one of the historic hills surrounding West Lake. Baoshi Shan’s trail takes about 50 minutes but can stretch to a couple of hours if you’re clicking away with your iPhone or stopping to read over a cool drink purchased from the trail’s little book bar.
  6. Look sharp, old blade:  the free China Knife, Scissors and Sword Museum, situated on a stretch of the Grand Canal, exhibits Chinese weapons and life tools from the Stone Age to modern times.
  7. Drink in China’s age-old tea culture. Picturesque Meijiawu Tea Plantation is one of Four Famous Habitats for Longjing Tea. The 600-year-old tea farm features 160 tea houses where visitors are privy to the intricate etiquette of the Chinese Tea Ceremony.
  8. Put the pedal to the metal – for the first hour public bikes are free.
  9. Go local: Hefang Historical Street is the place to buy souvenirs – silk, fans, chopsticks, tobacco, tea, umbrellas, scissors, or clothing; taste local delicacies like silkworm pupae on skewers, scorpions and chicken feet. Catch lively street theatre – Chinese yo-yo tricks, candy sculptors, antique puppet shows and more, all for free.
  10. Get connected: the entire city of Hangzhou has free WiFi – i-Hangzhou.

SOURCE Hangzhou Tourism Commission

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