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Hangzhou: a refreshing retreat

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A September 2011 trip to Hangzhou by Composthp

Crystal Orange Hotel Photo, Hangzhou, China More Photos
Quote: I spent a week in Hangzhou and Moganshan for a time of renewal and rest.

Crystal Orange Hotel

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Hotel | "Crystal Orange Hotel- a hotel with character"

Crystal Orange Hotel Photo, Hangzhou, China
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The Crystal Orange Hotel is part of a hotel chain in China with branches in Beijing, Nanjing, Ningbo and Tianjin. The owner of this chain was inspired by a quaint and charming boutique hotel in the Orange County, USA. Its services and the concept of incorporating artwork in the hotel had left an indelible impression. Many of the features were adapted; the emphasis was to create "designer" hotels based on elegant simplicity, incorporating art with modern facilities such as complimentary wireless or lan, 42 inch flat screen LCDs in all rooms and state of the art bathroom fixtures. The Crystal Orange hotels boast an unique youthful personality that sets it apart from other 5-stars international hotel cha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2011

Crystal Orange Hotel
No.122 Qingbo Street, Nanshan Road, Xiacheng District
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 311703

Hangzhou: Away from the maddening crowd

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Hefeng street Photo, Hangzhou, China
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While Beijing is known as the political capital, Shanghai, the economic hub; Hangzhou is the cultural and historical ancient capital dating back to the Qin Dynasty in 222 B.C. Today, Hangzhou is a modern city which takes pride in its historical legacy and makes constant efforts to preserve and restore many of its relics. Commercialism of such efforts are inevitable, however, Hangzhou has not lost all its charm yet. Avoiding CrowdsTo avoid the tourist crowds in Xihu, visit the West Lake in the early mornings, it not only makes for a pleasant peaceful stroll, you will also encounter many locals practicing the various martial arts like Tai-chi or Qigong as well as other local for...Read More

West Lake

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Attraction | "Heaven on Earth: Hangzhou West Lake"

West Lake Photo, Hangzhou, China
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West Lake (Xihu 西湖) is the must see for all visitors to Hangzhou. Recently listed as a cultural landscape by the UNESCO World Heritage, West lake spans 60 sq km flanked by Tianmu mountain ranges and is the site of many cultural and historical relics dating more than 8000 years ago. Hangzhou is one of the 8 ancient Chinese capitals and the local authorities have taken much pains to preserve this cultural heritage. West Lake has been described as heaven on earth. Many songs, poems and calligraphy art by Chinese poets and scholars of yore had tried to capture its beauty. I had visited Hangzhou and West lake many years ago and was quite unimpressed over all the fuss. Yet, I felt the urg...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2011

West Lake
Center of Town
Hangzhou, China

Moganshan Gilded Rose Villa

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Hotel | "Gilded Rose Villa- a mountain retreat"

Moganshan Gilded Rose Villa Photo, Zhejiang, China
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Gilded Rose Villa is located in the heart of Moganshan, a popular weekend gateway for the Chinese locals from Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. It is particularly sought after destination in the hot summer days among hikers, nature lovers or those trying to escape the summer heat. There are many small inns, villas as well as modern hotels located in Moganshan run mainly by local Chinese. Gilded Rose Villa is one such villa managed by a Chinese local from Shanghai and maintained by a villager living nearby. This is one of the few places where reservations can be made online in English (in this case, via email). The alternative higher priced villas run by English speaking expats such as Naked R...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2011

Moganshan Gilded Rose Villa
No.213 Moganshan National Park
Zhejiang, China
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Moganshan National Park

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Attraction | "Moganshan: Renew, Restore, Relax"

Moganshan National Park Photo, Zhejiang, China
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Moganshan was originally a summer retreat for the British and Americans in the early 19th century who sought to escape the summer heat, hence the European-style stonewall villas. It then became a retreat for the Chinese leaders such as Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong as well as many well-heeled Chinese. Today, Moganshan is a popular holiday destination for the local Chinese from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Efforts were made by the local authorities to make it tourist-friendly. It gets particularly crowded during the summer and on weekends as many sought to escape the heat and stress of the city.Moganshan is located approximately 2 hours drive from Hangzhou, 3 hours from Shanghai in Zheji...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2011

Moganshan National Park

Zhejiang, China