Tailor Made your Travel in Boutique Style

Worldwide network of Boutique Style travel agencies & Luxury travel services

HOME ABOUT CHINA BOUTIQUE STYLE HOTELS CUSTOMIZE YOUR JOURNEY SERVICES NEWS/PROMOTIONS CONTACT US
travel luxury in Sample Programs luxury travel in
 
Imperial Tour
Private Tour
Family Tour
Unique Destinations
Photography Tour
Beijing
Shanghai
Xi’an
Guilin
Hangzhou
Suzhou
Chengdu
Huangshan
Lhasa
Lijiang
Dunhuang
Shangri- La
Hong Kong
 
Travel luxury   vip travel
travel
CHINA / Hangzhou
Untitled Document

The History of Hangzhou - A Heavenly Paradise West Lake

 The Western view:

"Green mountains surround on all sides the still waters of the lake. Pavilions and towers in hues of gold and azure rise here and there. One would say a landscape composed by a painter. Only towards the east, where there are no hills, does the land open out, and there sparkle, like fishes’ scales, the bright coloured tiles of a thousand roofs."
(Jacques Gernet, Daily life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion)

The Eastern view:

"In heaven there is Paradise, On earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou." (popular saying)

Hangzhou’s inordinate beauty has been an inspiration to artists for centuries - Lin Hejiang, a tenth century poet is famous for having lived as a recluse on Solitary island for twenty years. And indeed, two more of China’s most influential poets, Bai Juyi and Su Dongpo, served as governors here at that time.

 

During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) the city became known as a popular tourist destination, much frequented by such notables as the Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong, who built a palace and important library here. Similarly, during the late twentieth century, Mao Ze Dong was smitten by its charm. He snatched moments from his hectic political life to write "Ode to the Mume Blossom", which by its very title recalls Lin Heijiang’s "To the Mume Blossom", written a thousand years earlier.

 

Hangzhou rose to prominence as the capital of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Forced to flee before the invading Jurched, the Imperial court under the rule of the pusillanimous Emperor Gaozong (1107-1187) moved its capital southwards from Kaifeng to Hangzhou. Under the patronage of this court, Hangzhou’s arts and commerce received unprecedented impetus, transforming it, in Marco Polo’s words into, "a city of heaven...the finest and most splendid city in the world."

 

Chinese products, such as silk and ceramics, were traded for wood, pearls and handicrafts from Japan; ginseng and medicinal herbs from Korea; and spices, ivory and jewels from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. As a result, by the end of the thirteenth century, the wealthy population had swelled from half a million to nearly two million. The city became known for its sybaritic life: one resident had the floor of his house covered with tiles inlaid with silver; pets were dyed pink with balsam leaves and Hangzhou’s West Lake became the focus of a thirteenth century pleasure-ground with splendid boats, restaurants and entertainers.

Seven hundred years later, Hangzhou’s West Lake continues to draw foreign tourists and local Chinese to its beautiful shores.

 



Our Destination Agency For CHINA
 
Imperial Tours
luxury travel
Valeria Incoletti
Your Travel Expert for CHINA
china@boutiquestyle.net
 
luxury travel agency   luxury travel agent
Testimonials
   
 
luxury holiday Search Your Interest In luxury vacance
 
 
luxury   travel
  BoutiqueStyle member login

Proud member of

Luxury Travel Agency

Copyright 2005-2009   Toll Free: 001 866 978 63 60   All rights are reserved to Indigo Tourism Ltd.

  

Our Tags:travel,travel agent, luxury, travel agency, luxury travel, luxury travel agency, travel planner, tailor made, customized travel, boutique travel, Turkey, Argentina, Australia, China, Croatia, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Egypt, Italy, Morocco and Peru, Travel Argentina, Travel Agency Argentina, Luxury Travel Argentina, Luxury Travel Agency Argentina, Travel Australia, Travel Agency Australia, Luxury Travel Australia, Luxury Travel Agency Australia, Travel China, Travel Agency China, Luxury Travel China, Luxury Travel Agency China, Travel Croatia, Travel Agency Croatia, Luxury Travel Croatia, Luxury Travel Agency Croatia, Travel India, Travel Agency India, Luxury Travel India, Luxury Travel Agency India, Travel Israel, Travel Agency Israel, Luxury Travel Israel, Luxury Travel Agency Israel, Travel Japan, Luxury Travel Japan, Travel Agency Japan, Luxury Travel Agency Japan, Travel New Zealand, Travel Agency New Zealand, Luxury Travel New Zealand, Luxury Travel agency New Zealand ,Travel Sri lanka, Travel Agency Sri lanka, Luxury Travel Sri lanka, luxury travel agency sri lanka, Travel Turkey, travel agency turkey, luxury travel turkey, luxury travel agency turkey, Travel Vietnam, Travel Morocco, Travel Agency Morocco, Luxury Travel Morocco, Luxury Travel agency Morocco, Travel Italy, Travel Agency Italy, Luxury Travel Italy, Luxury Travel agency Italy,