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Annine Pan

About Annine Pan

Annie Pan is a part-time writer who enjoys exploring new things. Graduating from Huaiyin Normal University with a major in English, she is interested in finding the difference between foreign culture and Chinese culture. She has published many blog articles about the diiferent aspects of culture for several years.

Great Massage in Hangzhou

Chinese massage is an important part of traditional medicine and it has a long history. It has a unique and significant effect for the treatment of disease, health care, mental relaxation.  combining the essence of traditional Chinese medicine theroy, with the guidance of meridian theory, Chinese massage has a high medical value. Continue reading

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Policy in 2013 Did Not Affect Housing Prices In Guangzhou Continue Rising

From 2003 to 2011, the primary, second-hand houses of Guangzhou district 10 grew by an average of 16.0% and 13.3% respectively. Influenced by supply and demand tension, in 2006 and 2007, house prices rose 24% and 35.1% respectively. Recently , Guangzhou Development Research Institute of Guangzhou University released the “Guangzhou economic situation analysis and prediction in 2013″. Analysis pointed out that since 2011 Guangzhou has entered the era of high house prices. In 2011 Guangzhou housing prices and urban residents total household income ratio has reached 9.502 , more than the United Nations and the World Bank standard range.

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The unique culture of Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a beautiful with a long history. During the thousand history, it has formed its unique culture. Today, I wil introduce these culture to you.

  • Poetry Literature

As one of the seven ancient capitals in China , Hangzhou is a famous historic and cultural city. Fertile land, rich products, it was away from war and became a  literary poet’s centralized location. Many famous poets in history, such as Bai Juyi, Su Shi all had been official in Hangzhou. They have created numerous poems for Hangzhou.

  • Folk Literature—”The Butterfly Lovers”

Ranked among China’s four major folklore, The Butterfly Lovers is famous both at home and abroad. It has been adapted into various art forms. Hangzhou is the birthplace of Butterfly Lovers legend. Wansong Academy is the place where they studied.  The another famous folk tale is “White Snake”. It began to spread from Southern Song Dynasty, and later spread to Japan, Korea and so on. White Snake has a great contribution on the history, folklore and art. Lady Bai has become China’s important typical image in works of art.

  • Living Environment

“Up above there is Paradise, down here there are Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Living in Hangzhou is like in paradise. The climate of Hangzhou is appropriate, which is typical of the Jiangnan Water. People living the Hangzhou has gentle character and handsome appearance. “Wu dialect” is also a characteristic. Rich products, beautiful scene, all of these make Hangzhou won the reputation of “Habitat Award”,”International Garden City”. Hangzhou’s cuisine is also a feature.

  • Silk Culture

Hangzhou has a reputation of “silk house”. The history of silk is as long as human beings. Early ancestors had mastered the species of mulberry, sericulture and other techniques during Liangzhu culture. Through the development, it later became a royal tribute, called “the world’s crown”. After the start of Hangzhou silk exports to the world, “Silk Road” was beginning famous in the world. Silk is gorgeous, rich and harmonious, which is coincide with Hangzhou people’s temperament. Hangzhou Silk is suitable for decoration, magnificent but useful, to be known as the “flower of oriental art.”

 

 

 

 

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Hangzhou’s Three most Beautiful Night Cruises

As the saying goes :”Up above there is Paradise, down here there are Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Hangzhou is a city of water, and it is on the water is where you can really experience the charm of Hangzhou. The most beautiful night cruises are in the Grand Canal, West Lake, and the Qiantang River. Standing on the paddle boat, breezing cold air, enjoying the beautiful night scene, how romantic it is!

West Lake Night Cruise 西湖夜游

image002(5)West Lake is one of famous scenery spots of Hangzhou and West Lake night cruise is also an important source of entertainment. With differnet style boats,  from mid-April each year to mid-October, whenever you go, you will have the chance to have the excellent experience. The route starts from the five parks and ends back at the terminal, one round-trip around the lake takes about 50 minutes. There are three kinds of boats. One is Fang Song boat, which is the largest one. It can seat 70 to 80 people. Boarding generally begins at about 18:30 and from 19:00 onward a ship departs every hour. The smaller is recreational boat, which can seat about 40 to 50 people, leave about every 20 minutes. The last one is rowing boat and this is the smallest, just only seat about six people.

Add: 5 parks wharf Hangzhou

地址:杭州五公园码头

Opening hours:18:30-21:00 Friday、Saturdays and holidays the time is extended by one half hour

Tel:0571 8702 8153

Price: Fang Song (Song dynasty boats) 90 RMB

Recreational Boats: 25 RMB

Row boats: 80 RMB/ Hour

Getting there:take bus routes Y9, K7, Y1

Canal Night Cruise运河夜游

Hangzhou Grand Canal has a history of more than a thousand years. Sitting on the boat, you can 大运河_副本enjoy the large cluster of ancient buildings on both shores.  The canal night cruise has large, medium and small vessels available. It starts from Wulin Gate at 7:30 pm  to Gongchen Qiao and the whole trip takes about one hour. Along the way you can see Emperor Qianlong’s Imperial Dock, the imperial granary, Qianlong Fang, the new Xiang Ji Temple, and the famous Jiangnan Bridge “Gong Chenqiao.”

Add: Wulin Men pier, Hangzhou

地址:杭州武林门码头

Tel: 0571 8993 8877

Opening hours: 19:30-21:00

Price: 100 RMB/ person, Xiang Ji Temple 20 RMB

Getting there: take bus K502 K293 K270 K278 K106 K56 K55 58 K58 K32 K900 K189 K836 K76 K156 to Hangzhou Plaza

Qiantang River Cruise钱塘江夜游

The Qiantang River cruise is also a great night cruise to take. Along the way, there are a lot of zj006beautiful sights to see and it passes through three locks. The trip starts from the Wulin pier heading south to the Grand Canal and the whole trip takes about 3 hours.

Add: Wulin Men pier, Hangzhou

地址:杭州武林门码头

Opening hours: 19:15-22: 00

Tel: 0571 8993 8877

Getting there: take bus K502 K293 K270 K278 K106 K56 K55 58 K58 K32 K900 K189 K836 K76 K156 to Hangzhou Plaza

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Western Dining in Hangzhou

There are many Westen restaurants in Hangzhou, but the flavour is not authentic in every restaurant. So, this article attempts to map out some of the best Western restaurants currently found in the city.

Provence French Restaurant 普罗旺斯法国餐厅

Provence is one of the best Western restaurants in Hangzhou. Surrounded by trees and greenery, the environment is beautiful and20091203093703 elegant.  They often use fresh, seasonal produce which means that unlike many other restaurants’ static menus, this one alternates according to the ingredients’ availability. This is one strong feature, the another strong feature is its extensive wine list that includes over 100 carefully selected wines from around the world.

Add: 1 Baishaquan, Shuguang Lu, Hangzhou

地址:杭州市曙光路白沙泉1号

Tel: 0571-8797-6115

Website: www.provence-hz.com/

Opening hours: 12:00-15:00, 17:00-24:00

Getting there: Take bus no. 28, 66 or 830 to Huanglongdong (黄龙洞) or take
bus no.28, K28, 81, 82, K82, K194, K228, K293, 527 or K527 close by to
Zheda Fuzhong (浙大附中).

L96 Café 光线咖啡

L96 Cafe is also named Guanxian Cafe, the characteristic of this restaurant is the excellent choice of mouth-watering desserts on offer. These include apple pie, tarts, cheesecakes and ice-cream.  It also20091203093829 serves up pasta dishes and salads, soups and pizza. Compared to other Western restaurants, it is cheaper.

Add: 96 Pingfeng Jie, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou

地址:杭州市下城区屏风街96号

Tel: 05718 5057758

Business hours: 10:00-23:00

Getting there: Take bus no, 3, 8 or 24 to Denggaoqiao (登高桥)

Peppino 巴比诺

Located in the lavish Shangri-La Hotel, Peppino is a good Italian restaurant. It is well-known for the pizza. Their pizzas are baked in wood fired brick ovens, so when you eat, you can smell  natural wood aroma. Peppino’s menu also includes a fine selection of pasta dishes and exquisite lobster20091203093750 cooked to your liking. If you want find a comfortable and relaxing dining place, Peppino is a good choice that worth you coming!

Add: Mezzanine level, East Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, 78 Beishan Lu, Hangzhou

地址:杭州市北山路78号香格里拉饭店东楼

Tel: 0571 8797 7951 ext.23

Business Hours: 17:30-23:00, Sunday lunch 12:00-14:30

Average price per customer: 125 RMB+

 

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Guangzhou’s Best Gyms

Guangzhou is city that focus on quality of life, people will pay more attention to health. Like other large Chinese cities and a few small ones, Guangzhou is home to some of the most modern fitness training centres in the country. Most fitness centers offer the same exercise,such as  aerobics, dance, a badminton court or swimming pool. Here are the better fitness centers in Guangzhou.

A. Total Fitness Club

Total Fitness Club was founded in 2001, start from the date of creation, the Total Fitness Club has  ”professional, health, honor, and fashion” for the purpose and create a new healthy life style for elite.4e4a20a4462309f747d0fd6e720e0cf3d7cad60b In the past nine years, with great strength and professional services, the total fitness club has occupied South China’s leading position in the fitness industry and created the one to one professional training services. Currently, it has set up many branches in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Chongqing.

Total Fitness Club provides about 150 fitness classes every week and can satisfy members’ different preferences. The classes include the world’s most popular Les mills (Grammy) curriculum (Bodycombat, Bodypump, Bodjam), Zumba courses, Latin dance, belly dancing, pole dancing, modern dance, aerobics, hip-hop, folk dance, taekwondo, boxing, cardio boxing, kick-boxing, step aerobics, body art gymnastics, big ball gymnastics, Pilates, tai chi, hot yoga, slimming yoga, health yoga, power yoga, weight loss yoga traditional yoga, Hatha yoga and so on. Continue reading

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The Best Water Parks in Guangzhou

Guangzhou tends to be warm all year round, especially in summer. The temperature is very high, even a five-minute walk, you will be sweating like a pig, like just out of the water. 黄金海岸Luckily, Guangzhou has its fair share of water parks where you can enjoy cool summer. Most of these places are located away from the city center so that you can have a chance to spend a day from the rush of the city aimed naturalistic setting and laughing as possible as you can. Continue reading

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Shenzhen Housing Rental Market Is Heating Up

Reporters learned from the 2013 housing rent guidance published by Shenzhen rental integrated manager office that the Shenzhen’s rents will continue to grow slowly. Compared to last year, the rents of house rose by 3.7%, office building rose by 2.6%, business class rose by 0.5%, factory warehouse class rose by 1.9%.

The official of the Shenzhen rental integraated manager office said that 2013 house rental rent guidance will be divided according to administrative regions, each management area will be divided into several sections according to the rent standard, set up data collection points in order to reflect the real level and change trend of the rent price in different areas; take the vertical and horizontal combination way and multiple sampling  method,  collect depend on different floors and orientations, to ensure that the rent is more representative.

” Rent Guidance” classifies all rental homes by residential, office, commercial, plant and warehouse.

Insiders pointed out that this year, the Shenzhen housing prices remained at a high level, the primary trading market is better, but the trading volume of the secondary market decreased significantly. Residential rents showed a general upward trend, in addition to the impact of national policies, urban renewal of some sections of the old city is in process,  the majority of relocated residents hope to find rental housing in the vicinity area, all of these caused some areas imbalance between supply and demand.  What’s more, affected by the students of the first grade and  junior middle school need to apply for enrollment in the first half of the year,  residential rental housing surrounding the school has become a hot, which promotes leasing volume and at last, it led to rising rents.

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China Folk Culture Village

56Situated in the beautiful city in south China, Shenzhen, China Folk Culture Village covers an area of more than 200 thousand square meters. With the collection of national folk art, folk customs and residential buildings, it is the first large-scale cultural tourism scenic spot, which contains 25 villages of 22 ethnic groups that constructed according to the ratio of 1:1. By ethnic style performances, folk arts and crafts exhibition and organizing big folk activities regularly, such as Chinese nation big temple fair, water-sprinkling festival, torch festival, Xishuangbanna customs months, Inner Mongolia customs week .etc, China folk Culture Village shows  our various authentic and colorful ethnic customs and folk culture to us, allowing visitors to fully experience the nation’s soul and charm. China Folk Culture Village win the good reputation of ” Chinese Folk Museum” in the world for the rich implication of “twenty-five villages, fifty-six ethnic customs”. Continue reading

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