Zhejiang Travel Guide

Location of Zhejiang

Located on the coast of the East China Sea in the southeast of the country, Zhejiang borders with Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian. It is the province with the most islands in the country, with 2,000 islands off its coast. Its southwest is high in altitude while the northeast is low. And its vast waters form the large offshore fishing ground of Zhejiang province.

Cultural Heritages in Zhejiang

Being a province with a lot of ancient cities and towns, Zhejiang is endowed with abundant cultural and historical heritages. It is in this very place that the traditional Chinese culture is well-preserved. Tourists have the chance to experience the ancient life of Chinese people when travelling in Zhejiang. A tour of Zhejiang can be one of aesthetical enjoyment.

In Zhejiang, there is a sacred Chinese calligraphy building, Lan Pavilion, and the most ancient private library in Asia, Tianyi Pavilion. Tourists can also pay a visit to the greatest water diversion project in ancient China: the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and the three ancient river towns: Xitang, Nanxun and Wuzhen.

Zhejiang Attractions

There are countless must-see natural attractions in Zhejiang Province, such as the Putuo Mountain, an island which is admired by many and known as "the Buddhist Land of the South Sea", and "the Number One Mountain in southeast China", the Yandang Mountains, and the most elegant Thousand Islets Lake. The best route for seeing the natural beauty of mountains, rivers and lakes is to travel from Hangzhou to the west across Qiantang River and Fuchun River and through the mountain villages. There are still many other places for you to discover.Among them, Hangzhou(the capital of Zhejiang), especially West Lake in Hangzhou, is a place that tourists are reluctant to leave.

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Hangzhou

There is a popular saying: "Above there is heaven, below there are Hangzhou and Suzhou." Hangzhou's "heavenly" beauty attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to its exquisite West Lake (Xi Hu) area each year to enjoy the placid lake, beautiful gardens, reflecting pools, lavish temples and lakeside teahouses. read more

The West Lake

West Lake scenic area covers an area of 60 square kilometers, out of which the West Lake occupies 5.6 square kilometers with 3.3 kilometers from north to south and 2.8 kilometers from west to east. read more

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal

China's legendary man-made waterway, the Grand Canal, runs from Beijing in the north to Hangzhou in the south stretching 1,747 kilometers. At 10 times the length of the Suez Canal and 20 times that of the Panama Canal, it is another wonder made by the ancient Chinese.read more

Thousand Islets Lake

Thousands Islets Lake got its name from the 1078 islets in the lake. The lake is famous for its crystal-clear water and picturesque scenery. Covering an area of 573 square kilometers, the lake is more than one hundred times larger than West Lake in Hangzhou. read more

Putuo Mountain

The temples and shrines on the island are full of colorful sculptures depicting the deity in her various forms, from the commonly seen South Sea Guanyin at her welcoming perch overlooking the sea, to various depictions of the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, whose tangle of limbs represents her ability to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. read more

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Transportation

Air

In Zhejiang, there are altogether seven civil airports: Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Yiwu, Huangyan, Quzhou and Zhoushan. The two international airports are Hangzhou's Xiaoshan Airport and Ningbo's Lishe Airport.

Highway

The countless expressways across the province connect Zhejiang to neighboring cities and provinces. The major route is Shanghai-Hangzhou Line, which has a total length of about 151 km.It starts from Xinzhuang of Shanghai City in the north and ends at Pengbu of Hangzhou City in the south.

Boat

There are a few many passenger liners connecting the coastal city of Ningbo with the Zhoushan Islands and Shanghai City, forming the busiest golden triangle of marine passenger transportation in China.

Hi, I'm Lynn Ye
I updated this article on December 26, 2012
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