Tag: Hangzhou

Zen experience in Hangzhou

The term Zen comes from the Chinese school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, known as Chan Buddhism. The Zen philosophy moved throughout Asia and is known as a method of rigorous self-control, meditative practice, self-awareness and the personal expression of ones insight in daily...

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Auspicious Things to Do in Hangzhou

Last year I had an opportunity to visit Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang province known to be the happiest city in all of China. Hangzhou has become a popular tourist destination for westerners in the past decade, but has been revered by emperors and other Chinese travelers for centuries....

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Hangzhou Global Tour highlights

This past summer I was fortunate enough to be selected as a storyteller for the 2015 Hangzhou Global tour.  This was a cultural immersion campaign by the Hangzhou Tourism Commission (HTC) in which ambassadors from the U.S. and China were selected , along with two storytellers to travel around the...

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Impression West Lake show in Hangzhou

While I was in Hangzhou, China I had an opportunity to see and do a lot of extraordinary things, but without question, one of the highlights was seeing Impression West Lake.  This aquatic tableau was one of the most sensational live performances I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot...

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The Essence of Tea in Hangzhou

If you look just beyond the majestic West Lake in Hangzhou, China, you'll see a mountainous silhouette casting a shadow on the horizon....this is where the famed Longjing Tea (aka Dragon Well) is grown. Longjing Tea is the best-of-the-best when it comes to green tea, this is due in part...

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Hangzhou Global Tour: Day nine

Tea is highly coveted in Hangzhou, from its cultivation, to the art of making the perfect cup. Today we enjoyed a tea ceremony at one of the most exclusive teahouses in all of Hangzhou, Hu Pan Ju (or Lakeside Teahouse). The Hu Pan Ju Teahouse is located right on the...

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Wyndham Grand in Hangzhou

When I arrived in Hangzhou, China for the start of the 2015 Hangzhou Global Tour, I was simply thrilled to be staying at the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale. The Wyndham Grand properties are the finest and highest level within the Wyndham System. The lobby and the accommodations are best described...

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Hangzhou Global Tour: Day seven

Tea is such an integral part of Chinese culture that it flows as abundantly as the waters of the Grand Canal. It is said that the hotter the tea, the more the person serving it likes you, because you’ll be forced to stay longer while it cools to a temperate...

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Hangzhou Global Tour: Day six

Silk has a deep history in China that dates back thousands of years. The alluring fabric is woven into the lives of the people of Hangzhou (both literally and figuratively). From the cultivation, processing to its use in so many applications, silk is highly coveted and valued. To illustrate this...

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Hangzhou Global Tour: Day five

It dawned on me the other day that one of the reasons West Lake in Hangzhou is so special is that it is an urban lake…an oasis right in the middle of a major city. I can think of only a few places I’ve been to where I can recall...

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