Hangzhou: what to see, West Lake, Silk Road
What to see in Hangzhou, show on the West Lake, the main attractions, itinerary of places to visit in the ancient china town on the Silk Road.
China town and the capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is located at the mouth of the Qiantang River in the inner part of the bay, which takes its name from the city, including in the East China Sea.
Located along the Silk Road and bounded on the west by the hills, overlooking the beautiful Hangzhou West Lake Xi Hu, a source of inspiration for poets and painters for its enchanting beauty. The causeways Bai and Su, who have the name of the famous poet Su Dongpo and Bai Juyi, offer the possibility of walking in the middle of fruit trees and weeping willows, while admiring panoramic views of the lake.
A pretty dense network of stone bridges linking the peninsulas and islands, where there are ancient Buddhist pavilions and flower gardens, along the perimeter of the lake runs a rewarding nature trail, with its many sights.
On the hill of Geling, immersed in the peace of the forest, stands the temple Baopu, a major Taoist temples in China, while in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum are kept interesting findings that relate to past civilizations, from the Neolithic period to the prosperous era Song.
To the south of the lake is the interesting Silk Museum, which traces the entire history of silk processing, and preserves the fascinating vestments of various dynasties of rulers, because Hangzhou has been since ancient times the most important center of production silky in China, and is also mentioned by Marco Polo in the Milione, who called with the famous phrase No city in the world equal, that offers you such delights so that one believes in heaven.
Hangzhou, which dates back to the dynasty Quin (221 BC), lived the period of greatest splendor when the sovereigns Song proclaimed the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, in the thirteenth century. Devastation that occurred in later centuries caused the destruction of the city, many buildings that we see today in Hangzhou have been rebuilt recently.