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The Attractive West Lake and Its Specialty

There is an old saying in China: there is a paradise in heaven, while there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. The beauty of Hangzhou is shown as not only the charming natural landscape, but also the abundant tangible cultural heritage. 
 
West Lake

Speaking of Hangzhou, the West Lake is a place must be mentioned. West Lake locates in western Hangzhou, which is the downtown of this city. Because of the glamorous landscape and many historic interests, Hangzhou is renowned as “Paradise on Earth”. The famous poet Su Shi of Song Dynasty wrote a line about this city: 天下西湖三十六,就中最美是杭州 (among the 36 West Lake in the country, Hangzhou West Lake is most beautiful one). Hangzhou West Lake has ten famous scenic spots, known as “Ten Scenes of West Lake”. Every spot of them is attractive and beautiful.

Another famous scenery, Lingyin Temple, lies on the north of West Lake. It is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China, also regarded as a part of West Lake scenery. If you are taking a trip to West Lake, it is strongly recommended to visit this quiet and pleasant temple.

Besides of West Lake, Hangzhou is also famed for Xihu Longjing green tea all over the world. Xihu Longjing is one of the ten most famous Chinese teas, owns a history over 1200 years. Longjing green tea, also called Dragon Well green tea, is mainly produced in Xihu Village in Hangzhou City. Major tea gardens locate in the southwest around the village. Due to the mild climate, abundant raindrops, and the advantaged natural condition, the Longjing tea produced here is delicate and fragrant, and taste more brisk and mellow. Longjing green tea from West Lake is classified into five types according to the origin place, including Shifeng, Longjing, Yunqi, Hupao, and Meijiawu. Among them Shifeng Longjing is the best. Analysis from researches shows a result that Longjing tea contains a larger amount than other teas of amino acid, catechinic acid, chlorophyll and Vitamin C and so on. Therefore it has more health benefits for human body.

Longjing Tea

Except visiting West Lake and drinking Xihu Longjing tea, a trip in Hangzhou shall not miss the delicious local foods, such as West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (西湖醋鱼), Beggar's Chicken (叫化童鸡), Dongpo Pork (东坡肉), Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea (龙井虾仁), all of which are the traditional dishes of Hangzhou. Feel curious about Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea? Yes, you must be. Using Longjing tea as the material of making the dish, this idea could only be originated in Hangzhou. Being made of fresh shrimps and Longjing green tea picked around Qing Ming, this dish is delicate, tender and delicious. You will definitely be impressed.

Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea

You cannot enjoy the beauty of West Lake until you see it by yourself. To have a cup of Xihu Longjing, taste some local flavors, and experience the culture and custom of this city, can also be a pleasure.