A whole town modeled on Song culture is a tourist attraction beyond compare. If the town itself feels like a theme park, that’s because it is. Based on the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival by the noted Song artist Zhang Zeduan, the Song Dynasty Town is constructed by means of realistic, romantic functionalist gardening, resulting in a vision of heaven as imagined by the architects. Bordering the Qiantang River in the south and lying close to five-cloud Hill in the north, Song Dynasty Town is situated in the southwest part of West Lake scenic area. It happens to boast another grand endeavour – a full-length song and dance performance, based on the historical allusions and mythologies in ancient Hangzhou, merged with modern acrobatics and high-tech choreography. Consider it a living history lesson with laser lights, water fountains, live horses, real cannons and hundreds of performers in lavish costumes.
Discover more about Hangzhou history, local arts such like porcelain, silk and gunmetal products from ancient time, located at southern foot of the Solitary Hill faces the West Lake.
China Tea Museum
Located in the Long Jing Village, the museum is a fascinating voyage into the history and traditions of tea drinking and its numerous artefacts.
China Silk Museum
Since ancient times, Hangzhou has been one of the silk capitals of China. This museum display exhibits on the art of silk weaving and processing.
Huqinyutang Medicine Museum
The one and only of its kind in China, the museum was established in the Qing Dynasty by Master Hu Xueyan, the 100 year old architecture in finely preserved and displays the medicinal heritage of the country. It has a wide collection of valuable traditional Chinese medicine samples animal specimens, a workshop and a medicine cuisine restaurant.