SPOTLIGHT

Go west, young man, for the true beauty of West Lake

MAOJIABU is down a tiny lane off Longjing Road, but along with the surrounding serene, natural scenery, it makes for an ideal day out. Nancy Zhang explores a special area of Hangzhou beauty The most serene and...

Apr 20, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Dinner and drinks - now that the sun has gone down

A late night seafood market in Hangzhou encourages you to prolong your night's entertainment well into the wee small hours. Nancy Zhang samples the delights of an eating spot that has become an institution In Asia...

Apr 17, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


The glory, the mystery and the glamor of slik

SILK is not just a symbol of the splendor of Chinese civilization, but also of its profound contributions to the world. The history and beauty of this unique material is celebrated at the China National Silk Museum....

Apr 16, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Where faces of the poor prod shoppers looking for luxury

A major exhibition by Tong Yanrunan features portraits of migrant workers but finds itself in a setting surrounded by boutiques offering luxury goods from famous brands. Fei Lai looks over this strange mixture. The...

Apr 15, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


A prescription for medicine that stands the test of time

THE ancient and magnificent Hu Qing Yu Tang TCM drugstore in Hangzhou was built in 1874 and today still maintains the spirit and philosophy that inspired its creation. Zhang Qian takes its traditional pulse.To...

Apr 14, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Spring - time for heavenly food in heavenly settings

A picnic with family or friends is a great way to enjoy nature and relax in this time of flower blossoms. In Hangzhou, the "Heaven on Earth," there are some glorious places to have a picnic. Pan Zheng explores People...

Apr 13, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


The beauty that slept by the bridge and still inspires poets

ONE of the most famous works about Su Xiaoxiao is a poem by Li He (790-816 AD), a highly gifted writer nicknamed the "ghost poet" for his colorful descriptions of the other world. His poem describes Su's life...

Apr 10, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


A secret mistress, a beauty and a legend that lasts through poetry

SU Xiaoxiao is a legendary figure, a woman who has affected writers and poets for more than 1,000 years. Yao Minji looks at the mysterious beauty who once enchanted even her father In the summer of 2004, I suddenly...

Apr 9, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


At last the seal of truth on mystery and history

IT was not until I revisited the Xiling Seal Engraving Society two years ago that I began to understand the reason my father gave me the seal "Xie Zhai Zhu Ren." By then, I had learned about Chinese painting, calligraphy,...

Apr 8, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


A childhood mystery comes sealed with history

MY father used to take me with him to Hangzhou almost every month before I started primary school at seven in 1991. He told me all kinds of stories about the various attractions of the city, but one place remained...

Apr 7, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily