This Chinese city is known to haveinspired several musicians and poets and when I came here you will quickly realize why. Today the city has a modern landscape as well with a centralized business and commercial district, some buildings dating back to the seventeenth century even. The city has a uniqueness that is unlike any new city of the modern world.
The other thing I enjoyed here was visiting the local markets. Here you will find stalls that sell anything, from extension cords to clothes. You can negotiate with the traders, marveling all the time of the ancientness of the region, it being a place of trade of the Middle East for several centuries.
The place has a subtropical humid climate with four distinct seasons. I would recommend that you come here in autumn and spring; every year the October and April months have several events.
Stop by Shuanglin Temple
This is the main cultural and religious landmark to visit so I made it the first stop on my travel tour itinerary. The architecture of the temple and iron tower is a wonder to behold.
A Rocky Wonder – Desheng Yan
Did you know that this name translates as thick rocks? This place is a dense rock mountain that is a must visit. I clicked on countless photos here.
Stop by the International Exhibition Center
This place is opposite the Meihu exhibition center which is in the northern part of the city. The landscape is nice to check out as well as the conventions and trade fairs that are held here at different times of the year. When I was there the exhibition center had a cuisine fair on and it was fun sampling food of the different Chinese cuisines.
Plan a Day Tour at Xiuhu Lake Park
This is a scenic lake that you will find surrounding the Da’an temple tower. The tower was built around 960 AD during Song dynasty reign. The park is popular and you can spend time here as I did. It houses coffee and tea houses, supermarkets and shopping malls as well. There is much to do and is ideal to spend a day here, especially when the weather is pleasant.