SPOTLIGHT

A street of surprises - ancient and modern

HANGZHOU'S Hefang Street features clothing, musical instruments, puppet shows, jewelry, Chinese lamps and ornamental knots and lots of yummy local food. Fei Lai takes a stroll down an ancient thoroughfare Hefang...

Mar 16, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Where it's a capital tea for the tourist

HANGZHOU'S Longjing tea is as big a tourist attraction as any of the temples, sites or the lake itself these days. Yao Minji explores Maojiabu, another of the tea villages, but one that straddles the divide between...

Mar 13, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Longjing- the magical drink of dragons and poets

IT is the tea given the royal thumbs up by emperors and the dream of writers and poets for hundreds of years. But Longjing tea is a magical blend of history and mythology. Yao Minji explains Intellectuals say Chinese...

Mar 12, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


A village that really is just my cup of tea

NOT that far from downtown Hangzhou is the Meijiawu Tea Village, one of the largest tea plantations in the city and noted for the world-famous Longjing (Dragon Well) tea. Yao Minji tastes a slice of heaven. Since...

Mar 11, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


"Mists and mystery make this forest magical

NINE Creeks in Misty Forest is a truly magical collection of mountains, trees, creeks and running water and a perfect escape for city dwellers. Pan Zheng and Fei Lai explore The hills - range after range; the trails...

Mar 10, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Where East meets West with elegance and style

IT is the late afternoon and I am dripping wet when I arrive at Xihu (West Lake) Tiandi, Hangzhou's version of the famous Shanghai Xintiandi and one of Hangzhou's hottest nightlife venues. I prefer the West...

Mar 9, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Getting drivers out of cars, into car pools

HANGZHOU'S pilot carpool program is designed to cut traffic congestion and reduce car exhaust emissions. It has been warmly praised but there are some problems, as Tan Weiyun reports The Hangzhou government has...

Mar 6, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Tiger Spring a whole lot more than water

PURE, clear and available to everyone, the spring water at "Dreamlike Tiger Spring," one of the 10 new scenes of West Lake, is known for the special flavor it brings to Longjing (dragon well) tea. Locals regularly...

Mar 5, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Chinese wisdom in the heart of Hangzhou

HANGZHOU is an energetic city, but amazingly near its heart there's a broad heavenly field of Chinese wisdom, organic farming and fragrant tea. Wang Yong takes us on a ramble. Imagine a 10-hectare idyll within...

Mar 4, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily


Bamboo groves a cure for city stress

FOR anyone who longs to escape from city hustle, a stroll in lush bamboo groves is a hugely enjoyable experience for bamboo usually offers a great sensual treat. The sounds of the wind moving through lush and thick...

Mar 2, 2009 | Source: Shanghai Daily