Travelogue : Study Tour to Hangzhou – Wuzhen – Shaoxing – Ningbo – Shanghai

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HANGZHOU is known as one of the most beautiful cities in China, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty amongst which is the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A notable variety of green tea, Longjing comes from Hangzhou.


Baochu Pagoda (保俶塔) is one of the landmarks of the West Lake; seven storeys high with a distinctively slender and elegant appearance. We had to walk up many steps to get to the base of the pagoda, but we were able to enjoy the cool greens of the bamboo forest and catch aerial glimpses of the West Lake.


Hu Xueyan’s Residence (1823-1885), was home to one of the richest and most famous businessmen in Qing Dynasty. The construction of his residence began in 1872 and is a complex of more than 20 buildings, with many pavilions, terraces, bridges, verandas, rockeries, all ingeniously designed.


SHAOXING has long been a centre of Chinese cultural activity, producing such luminary figures as Zhou Enlai and Lu Xun, the essayist and poet. It is widely known throughout China for Shaoxing wine, meigan cai, and stinky tofu and the birth place of Xi Shi (西施), one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.


NINGBO is one of the oldest cities in China, dating back to 4800 B.C. Though its CBD was densely built, it had a good balance of green spaces and parks (and blue skies while we were there). Prominent persons from Ningbo include Chang Kai-Shek and Yo-Yo Ma.


Tian Yi Ge (天一阁; “One Sky Pavilion”), is the oldest existing library in China. Founded in 1561 by Fan Qin during the Ming Dynasty, in its heyday, it boasted a collection of 70,000 volumes of antique books. Over time, the collection dwindled due to theft and pillaging from the British, these have been recovered through government effort and private donations to 30,000 volumes.

SHANGHAI needs no introduction; suffice to say that is popularly seen as the birthplace of everything considered modern in China. It was also the intellectual battleground between socialist writers who concentrated on critical realism, pioneered by Lu Xun, Mao Dun amongst others.

Long Museum at West Bund is located at the bank of Huangpu River, Shanghai on a site which was used as the wharf for coal transportation. The design of the new museum by Atelier Deshaus adopts a cantilever structure featuring an umbrella vault which visually echoes a remaining coal hopper unloading bridge – a symbol of the area’s industrial past.

Waterhouse at South Bund was a 1930s Japanese Army headquarters converted into a successful 19-room boutique hotel and restaurant. The architectural concept rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the area’s industrial past.



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