Chun'an is a county that is under the administration of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province of China. It is home to several natural wonders and will impress people of all ages. With so much beauty in one county, it is important that you add Chun'an into your itinerary if you decide to visit Hangzhou.
1. Feast your eyes on Thousand Island Lake (Qiandaohu)
The Thousand Island Lake is otherwise known as Qiandaohu. This is one of the most scenic spots in the whole of Chun'an and is a man-made lake. This lake was formed soon after the Xin'an River hydroelectric station was constructed and completed in 1959. Around 1,078 large islands dot this lake and thousands of other smaller ones are scattered around it. The lake provides drinkable water at times. This is one spot photography enthusiasts should visit so as to capture picturesque images. It is said that the best time to visit this lake is during autumn and winter when there is less rainfall and comfortable temperatures.
Address: Qiandaohu Town, 311700 Chun'an County, China
Website: Qiandaohu Lake
2. Hangzhou Bird Island
This is an excursion one can take when visiting Qiandao Lake. Not just a natural beauty by itself, the Qiandao Lake offers excursions as a way of getting away to other islands. One such pretty island one can go with kids especially is the Bird Island. Bird island remains unspoiled and offers one fresh air to breathe in. There are several birds on the island and it will be interesting for photographers to capture birds in flight on their lens. When in Hangzhou, take the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind you and enjoy what the Bird Island has to offer.
Bird Island, Hangzhou
Address: Within the County, 311700 Chun'an County, China
Website: Bird Island, Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Qiandaohu National Forest Park
For an unmatched epic scenic experience, make your way down to Hangzhou Qiandaohu National Forest Park. The environment which is set in the thousand islets gives visitors an opportunity to walk around the nature reserve. The walk offers a rainforest experience with many butterflies and insects buzzing around.
If you are in the mood for added adventure, then engage in some barbecue or a picnic whilst at the national forest park. As you climb stairs and hike around the forest, take in the sights of natural streams flowing with crystal clear water. Also, catch the various views of the mountain ranges surrounding the region and the fog that may engulf the peaks.
Hangzhou Qiandaohu National Forest Park
Address: Qiandaohu Town, 310004 Chun'an County, China
4. Visit Xidi Ancient Village
Xidi Ancient Village is one beautiful site that has to be visited when on a trip to Chu'an. It is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Huangshan Mountain. Xidi Village was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO back in 2000.
The Xidi Ancient Village depicts how the locals lived and their respective features. The village is very charming and gives a fairy tale-like feel. Beautiful mountains surround the village.
Paddy fields are also interspersed throughout the village. A notable feature of the village is a beautiful memorial archway at the entrance. This was built in honor of a respected official that ruled during the mid-Ming Dynasty.
Even the exterior is very stylish and beautiful. As you stroll the ancient village, take some time to stop at scenic spots to capture some photographs to take back as a memory from your trip to this beautiful city and village. A true treat to the eyes.
Xidi Ancient Village
Address: Xidi Village, 245501 She County, China
Website: Xidi Ancient Village (in Chinese)
5. Da'ming Mountain, Lin'an
Visiting Chun'an in winter and looking for some skiing? Look no further and head straight to Da'ming Mountain in Lin'an. Every December, the Daming Mountain Skiing Festival will be held in full gusto at the Da'ming Mountain ski resort. This festival will usually last until mid-March.
The Da'ming Mountain is home to the Da'ming ski resort and is the highest and largest ski resort in East China. The skiing area can accommodate up to 2,000 skiers at once. What makes the Da'ming Mountain more special is that it is the only provincial level scenic area in Lin'an. The scenery of the snow clad mountain is something that needs to be seen to be believed. When the festival is on, do not miss the snow sculptures built on the mountain top.
Da'ming Mountain, Lin'an
Address: Baiguo Village, Qingliang Peak, Lin'an, Hangzhou
Website: Da'ming Mountain, Lin'an
6. Qiandao Lake Jinfeng Canyon Rafting Scenic Resort
Get yourself into the adventurous mood and engage in some water sports like rafting at Qiandao Lake. Head to the Jinfeng Canyon Rapid and engage in some rafting, which will provide thrills and speed. Enjoy the clear water of the river and the splashes of the cold water. As you enjoy your white water rafts and make turns to the left and the right, enjoy the sights around you like the beautiful, cascading waterfalls. This is one refreshing sport to indulge in especially during the summer to get some respite from the sweltering heat.
Qiandao Lake Jinfeng Canyon Rafting Scenic Resort
Address: Jinfeng Country, 311701 Chun'an County, China
Enjoy unspoiled Chun'an
When in Hangzhou it would be definitely worthwhile to make a side trip to Chun'an and explore what the city has to offer. Blessed with spectacular natural scenery and ancient monuments, you will be in for a wonderful time. Feast your eyes on the mountains and breathe in the fresh air that the natural environment offers in the busy city life we lead today.
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