Marco Polo fell for it. Its beauty was captured by poets and painters. Even ancient emperors were struck by the beauty of it when they visited. Hangzhou.

Visitors to China have the opportunity to see more than the Great Wall during the official tea harvest season in Hangzhou, which runs from spring through summer.

Hangzhou is like San Francisco. It has world-class museums and cultural activities that revolve around green spaces, much like New York. It is surrounded by canals like Venice.

Hangzhou is located about an hour from Shanghai and is known as the tea capital China. Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer described it as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world.”

Dragon Well tea is hand-produced in the region. There are many types and grades. The only genuine version is the one grown in Hangzhou’s West Lake.

The West Lake continues to be the canvas upon which the beauty of the city can be displayed. The West Lake was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. “inspires people to project feelings onto the landscape.”

The top places to see in Hangzhou, China during the spring and Summer tea harvests

The West Lake

The West Lake is so beautiful that locals believe a brilliant pearl fell from heaven, and it transformed into the tranquil body of water. Surrounded by rolling hills, there are many temples, monasteries, tea houses and museums. You must see the Six Harmonies Pagoda as well as Two Peaks Embracing the Sky and Temple of Soul’s Retreat, Peak Flown Afar, Solitary Hill, the Temple of Soul and the Temple of Soul.

Dragon Well Tea Village

Longjing (Dragon Well), Village is best visited during the official tea harvest, which runs from spring through summer. It’s home to the National Tea Museum, the only one of its type in China. International tourists can witness a tea art performance, learn more about tea-growing, and enjoy tea.

Grand Canal

China has two wonders: The Great Wall and Grand Canal. This is the oldest and longest constructed canal made by man. It spans 1,200 miles, from Hangzhou to Beijing, and has survived the test of time for more then 2,000 years. The Grand Canal, an engineering marvel that rivals the Great Wall of China’s Great Wall of China is made up of 132 heritage sites. Seven of them are located in Hangzhou.

Performance at Impression West Lake

The Chinese popular saying — “Above is paradise, below is Hangzhou”Illustration of the characteristics of the “heavenly city”Impression West Lake, which focuses on the local culture and history by exploring the picturesque landscapes, folklore and myths of Hangzhou. The people who created Impression West lake were behind the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Lingyin Temple

The Lingyin Temple is located in “Temple of Soul’s Retreat,”It was established in the Wulin Mountains in 368. The Skanda Buddha, an 800-year-old statue, is the oldest and most important on the site. While the front is dominated, it guards the rear entrance. “the Laughing Buddha.”

Xixi National Wetland Park

The only national park of wetland parks in China is Xixi National Wetland Park. This wetland is the original location of Chinese South Opera and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. It is home to the traditional Dragon Boat races as well as the vivid life of a river village, which includes silkworm feeding.