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Hangzhou

Famous for its silk factories where visitors can see the process from silkworm cocoons to the finished fabric. Tea is the city’s other major product. You may visit the Silk Museum, the Dragon Well Tea plantation and Tiger Spring teahouse. Most famous of all the sights since the 6th century is West Lake. This is China’s most celebrated scenic sights. West Lake was originally created to control floods. It was beautified with islands and causeways and today visitors can join residents boating on the lake or enjoying a picnic on the shores. Hangzhou’s natural beauty extends into the forested hills where you can visit the Lingyin Temple, founded in 326 by a Buddhist monk from India.

Huangshan Mountains

Of all the Chinese mountain landscapes, none is as close in essence to the classic scroll painting ideal as Huangshan. Unlike most great mountains in China, Huangshan is not a place of religious pilgramage, but rather a treasury of nature at its best. While the peaks challenges climbers, the flora and fauna attract botanists and other scientists.

The area covers 60 square miles with trails throughout the area. There were western style accommodations and simple hostels scattered among the mountains. Hangshan, “Yellow Mountain”, is actually a collection of 72 peaks which tower up to 6000 feet. Both the rock formations and the names the Chinese have given them are incredible. Such names as “Sleeping Dragon”, and “Monkey Looking at the Sea”, conjure up imaginative views. With plentiful rainfall the vegetation is abundant and Huangshan becomes magnificent in the fall.

Each morning visitors can witness a dawn spectacular as the sun rises through a sea of clouds, often heralded by a glow that the locals call “Buddha's Halo”. Long ago the mountain were volcanic but today the only remains of volcanic activity are the numerous hot springs which are used as a drink or bath and are said to help cure many disorders.

Suzhou

For many people the name Suzhou means the golden age of traditional Chinese gardens. they were built by scholars, poets, and cultured Mandarins of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Of the largest gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is the most popular, with its pavilions linked by the carver wooden corridors between lakes and ornamental forests. There is also the Lingering Garden with its vast rookeries; the Forest of Lions; the Surging entertainment by costumed musicians and actors.

Suzhou is known s the “Venice of the East”, as the old town is built around a series of canal streets, criss-crossed by 300 bridges. Some of the most picturesque views are found in the southwest portion of the city, where visitors can watch barges and junks passing under half moon bridges that date from the Ming Dynasty. Other attractions include the Drama Museum, Hanshan Temple and a silk factory.