Zhejiang Guide – Intro & Top Destinations (5A & 4A Attractions)

Zhejiang Guide – Intro & Top Destinations (5A & 4A Attractions)

Zhejiang province (浙江 zhè jiāng) is located on the southeast coast of China with Hangzhou as its capital. It borders the East China Sea to the east, Fujian to the south, Anhui and Jiangxi to the west, and Shanghai and Jiangsu in the north. The total area of ​​Zhejiang Province is 105,500 square kilometers.

By the end of 2018, Zhejiang Province had 11 provincial cities (including two sub-provincial cities ), 20 county-level cities, 32 counties, 1 autonomous county, and 37 municipal districts.

As of the end of 2018, preliminary accounting, the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of 5619.7 billion yuan  (801 bn USD), an increase of 7.1% over the previous year.

At the end of the year, the resident population of the province was 57.37 million, an increase of 800,000 from the end of the previous year. In October 2019, Zhejiang was selected into the National Digital Economy Innovation and Development Experimental Zone.

Zhejiang Climate

Zhejiang has a subtropical monsoon climate with significant monsoons, four distinct seasons, moderate annual temperatures, abundant sunshine, abundant rainfall, and humid air. The annual average temperature is 15-18 °C.

January sees the lowest temperatures and July the highest. May and June are concentrated rainfall periods. The extreme maximum temperature is 44.1 °C, the extreme minimum temperature is -17.4 °C; the annual average rainfall in Zhejiang Province is 980-2000 mm.

Attractions

AAAAA Rated Attractions in Zhejiang

5A is China’s top rating for attractions and scenic areas.

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Hengdian World Studios (横店影视城)
Location: Jinhua, Zhejiang
Hengdian World Studios is a film studio and tourist attraction located in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province. It is the largest film studio in the world. The movie studio is operated by the privately owned Hengdian Group founded by Xu Wenrong. Sometimes called “Chinawood”, Xu turned acres of farmland in central Zhejiang into one of the largest movie studios in Asia. Construction began in the mid-1990s and has been ongoing ever since with the possible recent addition of the replica of the Old Summer Palace
Xikou-Tengtou scenic spot (溪口)
Location: Ningbo, Zhejiang
It is located 20 kilometers southwest of Ningbo City. The total viewing area of ​​the scenic spot is 140 square kilometers. The main attractions are Xuedou Mountain and Chiang’s former residence. Xikou Town was the birthplace of Chiang Kai-shek and the hometown of Chiang’s father and son. During the Republic of China, it became the command center of the National Government.
Nanxun Old Town (南浔古镇)
Location: Huzhou, Zhejiang
Nanxun Ancient Town is located in Nanxun District of Huzhou City, at the junction of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was a famous silk town in the south of the Yangtze River. It is an ancient town in the south of the Yangtze River with abundant human resources and a combination of Chinese and Western architecture. Nanxun Ancient Town Scenic Area covers an area of ​​34.27 square kilometers
Shenxianju (神仙居景区)
Location: Taizhou, Zhejiang
Shenxianju Scenic Area, located in the south of Xianju County in the southeast of Zhejiang Province. The scenic area is 158 square kilometers and has has five key attraction areas – Shenxianju, Jingxing Mountain, Shisandu, Gongyu and Danzhu. The area has numerous peaks, waterfalls, rivers and forests.
West Lake (西湖)
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang
West Lake is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, China. It is divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature”.
Yandang Mountains (雁荡山)
Location: Wenzhou, Zhejiang
Yandang Mountains, or Yandangshan, refers, in the broad sense, to a coastal mountain range in southeastern Zhejiang province in eastern China, covering much of the prefecture-level city of Wenzhou and extending to the county-level city of Wenling in Taizhou prefecture. Mt. Yandang is known for its natural environment,[citation needed] arising from its vertical rock faces and pinnacles, mountain slopes with forests and bamboo groves, streams, waterfalls and caves. The area also hosts several temples and shrines, many of them with a long history; characteristic for the temples is that many of them are built inside caves or in mouths of caves.
Mount Putuo (普陀山)
Location: Zhoushan, Zhejiang
Mount Putuo is an island southeast of Shanghai in Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China. It is a renowned site in Chinese Buddhism and is the bodhimaṇḍa of the bodhisattva Guanyin. Mount Putuo is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism, the others being Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua, and Mount Emei (bodhimaṇḍas for Manjushri, Kṣitigarbha, and Samantabhadra, respectively).
Qiandao Lake (千岛湖风景区)
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Qiandao Lake, a human-made, freshwater lake located in Chun’an County, Zhejiang Province, China, was formed after the completion of the Xin’an River hydroelectric station in 1959. Also known as Thousand Island Lake, its main attractions are Meifeng Island, Monkey Island, Longshan Island, Lock Island, and Tantan Island.
Wuzhen (乌镇)
Location: Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Wuzhen is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, located in the north of Zhejiang Province. Wuzhen is divided into six districts. These are: the traditional workshops district, the traditional local-styled dwelling houses district, the traditional culture district, the traditional food and beverage district, the traditional shops and stores district, and the water township customs and life district. Following an east-west-east circuit created by these six districts, visitors can witness reenactment of traditional practices and cultures.
South Lake (南湖(嘉兴))
Location: Jiaxing, Zhejiang
South Lake is a lake in the South of Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, and covers an area of 0.54 km². It is also known as “Mandarin Duck Lake” due to the its shape. Alongside the lake are the ruins of the Misty Rain Tower, which was first built in the 10th century AD. In the year 1548, during the Ming Dynasty, the local government dredged the waterways and piled up the mud into the center of South Lake, forming an islet. The Misty Rain tower was rebuilt on the islet the next year. In the following years, a group of ancient garden-style architectures emerged around it.
Xixi National Wetland Park (西溪国家湿地公园)
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Xixi National Wetland Park is a national wetland park in China, located at the west part of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, a total of 1,150 hectares (2,800 acres). The park is densely crisscrossed with six main watercourses, among which are scattered various ponds, lakes and swamps. XiXi Wetland has a history of more than 1,800 years and an abundant cultural heritage. It’s the original site of Chinese South Opera; it has a traditional dragon boat contest; it contains the vivid life of a water village, featuring silkworm feeding and silk production.
Lu Xun’s residence (鲁迅故里)
Location: Shaoxing, Zhejiang
Lu Xun’s hometown is located in Lu Xun Middle Road, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province. It is the true place to interpret Lu Xun’s works, taste Lu Xun’s style, and feel Lu Xun’s life situation. It is the best preserved, most cultural connotation and classic style of the ancient city of Shaoxing. A historical district with a unique Jiangnan style. Lu Xun’s hometown covers an area of ​​50 hectares with a total investment of 1 billion yuan.
Tiantai Mountain (天台山)
Location: Taizhou, Zhejiang
Tiantai Mountain, or Tiantai Shan, is located in Tiantai County near the city of Taizhou, Zhejiang. The main scenic spots are Guoqing Temple, the Shiliang Waterfall, the Huading National Forest Park, the Chicheng Mountain and the hometown of the Monk, Ji Gong., and more.
Xitang (西塘)
Location: Jiaxing, Zhejiang
Xitang is a historic town in Jiashan County, Zhejiang, China. It borders Luxu Town in the north, Yaozhuang Town in the east, Ganyao Town in the southeast, and Tianning Town and Town in the west. Xitang is a water town crisscrossed by nine rivers. The town stretches across eight sections, linked by old-fashioned stone bridges. In the older parts of town, the buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the area.
Mount Jianglang and Nianbadu (江郎山)
Location: Quzhou, Zhejiang
Jianglang Mountain is located in Shimen Town, Jiangshan City, Chenzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Jianglang Mountain Scenic Area consists of three parts: Sancha Stone, Eighteen Qu, Tashan, Niunifeng, Xunhu Lake (name used by Qinglong Lake) and Xianju Temple. With an area of ​​11.86 square kilometers, the Jingyuan type is dominated by natural landscapes and has a rich cultural landscape.
Root Palace Buddhist Cultural Tourism Zone (根宫佛国文化旅游区)
Location: Quzhou, Zhejiang
The Root Palace Buddhism Cultural Tourism Zone is located in Kaihua County, Zhejiang Province. It features exhibitions of root sculptures, bonsai arts, stone appreciation and ancient gardens. These exhibitions contain a root sculpture of Sakyamuni, the biggest root sculpture in the world, and a huge root sculpture of an array with 500 arhats, which is 680 meters long. The scenic area has a large number of resources in different types, mainly including local landscapes, water scenery, ruins and relics, architectural designs, human activities and climatic landscapes.

AAAA Rated Attractions of Zhejiang Province

China’s AAAA rating represents national-level attractions and scenic areas with the province having many. Here is a list of them all with cities and Chinese names for more destinations beyond the 5A listings above.

City Scenic spot name CN Name
Lishui Lishui Suichang Gold Mine National Mine Park 丽水遂昌金矿国家矿山公园
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xianghu Scenic Area 杭州湘湖景区
Hangzhou Hangzhou Liuxijiang Scenic Area 杭州柳溪江风景区
Younger Younger Cixiof Toyama attractions 慈溪雅戈尔达蓬山景区
Hangzhou Songcheng 宋城
Shaoxing Shaoxing Keyan Scenic Area 绍兴柯岩风景区
Xinchang Xinchang Dafo Temple Scenic Area 新昌大佛寺风景区
Tiantai Tiantai Mountain Scenic Area 天台山风景名胜区
Jinhua Jinhua Shuanglong Scenic Area 金华双龙风景旅游区
Jinhua Jinhua Dongyang Hengdian red tourism city 金华东阳横店红色旅游城
Lanxi Lanxi Zhuge Bagua Village 兰溪诸葛八卦村
Lishui Lishui Jinyun Xiandu Scenic Area 丽水缙云仙都风景名胜区
Quzhou Quzhou Jianglangshan Scenic Area 衢州江郎山风景区
Ganzhou Ganzhou Tianji Longmen 衢州天脊龙门
Ningbo Ningbo Jiulong LakeTourist Area 宁波九龙湖旅游区
Zhaobao Zhaobao Mountain Scenic Spot 宁波镇海区招宝山旅游风景区
Ningbo Ningbo Phoenix Mountain Theme Park 宁波凤凰山主题乐园
Ningbo Ningbo Bridge Ecological Farm Tourism Area 宁波市大桥生态农庄旅游区
Lishui Lishui Longquan Mountain Scenic Area 丽水龙泉山景区
Lishui Lishui Suichang Nanjianyan attractions 丽水遂昌南尖岩景区
Lishui Lishui Suichang Shenlong Waterfall Scenic Area 丽水遂昌神龙飞瀑景区
Lishui Lishui Liandu East and West Rock Scenic Area 丽水莲都东西岩景区
Lishui Lishui Yunyun Xiandu Huanglong Scenic Area 丽水缙云仙都黄龙景区
Jingning Jingning Lishui Dajun Window of She rural China scenic spot 丽水景宁大均中国畲乡之窗景区
Lishui Lishui Qingtian China Stone Carving Cultural Tourism Area 丽水青田中国石雕文化旅游区
Lishui Lishui Yuchang Qianfo Mountain Scenic Area 丽水遂昌千佛山景区
Lishui Lishui Qingtian Shimendong Scenic Area 丽水青田石门洞景区
Lishui Lishui Jingning Yunzhong Daxie Scenic Area 丽水景宁云中大漈景区
Lishui Lishui Yun and Terraced Areas 丽水云和梯田景区
Ningbo Ningbo (Zhangzhou) Museum 宁波(鄞州)博物馆
Zhenghai Zhenghai 17th House, Zhenhai District 镇海区郑氏十七房
Lishui Lishui Yunhe Lake Xiangong Scenic Area 丽水云和湖仙宫景区
Yiwu Yiwu China International Trade City Shopping Tourist Area 义乌中国国际商贸城购物旅游区
Hangzhou Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (Hangzhou section) 京杭大运河(杭州段)
Jiangshan Jiangshan Floating Mountain 江山浮盖山
Jiangshan Jiangshan Yibadu Ancient Town 江山廿八都古镇
Changshan Changshan Sancha Stone Forest 常山三衢石林
Jiangshan Jiangshan Qingyi Scenic Area 江山清漾景区
Qijiang Qijiang Yaowangshan 衢江药王山
Longyou Longyou Grottoes Scenic Area 龙游石窟景区
Taizhou Shepan Island Tourism Scenic Area 蛇蟠岛旅游景区
Ningbo Ningbo Qiantong Ancient Town Scenic Area 宁波前童古镇景区
Taizhou Taizhou Yuhuan Xuanmen Bay Sightseeing Agricultural Park 台州玉环漩门湾观光农业园
Yuhuan Yuhuan Oshika Island 台州玉环大鹿岛
Wenzhou Wenzhou Yongjia Nanxi River Scenic Area 温州永嘉楠溪江风景名胜区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Jiangxinyu Scenic Area 温州江心屿景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Yueqing Zhongyandang Mountain Scenic Area 温州乐清中雁荡山风景名胜区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Pingyang South Yandang MountainScenic Area 温州平阳南雁荡山风景名胜区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Wencheng Tonglingshan National Forest Park 温州文成铜铃山国家森林公园
Wenzhou Wenzhou Dongtou Scenic Area 温州洞头景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Rui’an Zhaixi Scenic Area 温州瑞安寨寮溪风景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Wencheng Baizhang Scenic Area 温州文成百丈漈景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Paradise Scenic Area 温州乐园景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Wen Cheng Long Qi source tourist attractions 温州文成龙麒源旅游景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Cangnan Yucang Mountain National Forest Park 温州苍南玉苍山国家森林公园
Wenzhou Wenzhou Taishun Covered Bridge Cultural Park 温州泰顺廊桥文化园
Wenzhou Wenzhou Nantang Cultural Tourism Zone 温州南塘文化旅游区
Anji Anji Zhongnanbai Grassland 安吉中南百草原
Wenzhou Wenzhou Cangnan Bowl Kiln Scenic Area 温州苍南碗窑景区
Wenzhou Wenzhou Wencheng Forest Oxygen Bar 温州文成森林氧吧

Zhejiang Cuisine

Zhejiang Cuisine (Zhe 浙菜) features dishes that are not greasy, having but instead a fresh, soft flavor with a mellow fragrance. The cuisine consists of at least four styles, each of which originates from different cities in the province.

  • Hangzhou: characterized by rich variations and the use of bamboo shoots.
  • Shaoxing: specializes in poultry and freshwater fish.
  • Ningbo: emphasizes freshness and salty dishes and specializes in seafood.
  • Wenzhou: a source of seafood and poultry and livestock.

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Transport

Airports

airport CN Remark
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) 杭州萧山国际机场 One of China’s top ten airports
Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB) 宁波栎社国际机场 Domestic and international
Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ) 温州龙湾国际机场 Domestic and international
Jiaxing Airport 嘉兴机场 Under construction (open in 2021)
Yiwu Airport (YIW) 义乌机场 Domestic + Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Bangkok, Nha Trang
Luzhou Airport (JUZ) 衢州机场 Small domestic
Taizhou Luqiao Airport (HYN) 台州路桥机场 Domestic
Luishi Airport 丽水机场 Under construction (open in 2022)
Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport (HSN) 舟山普陀山机场 Domestic

Rail

Zhejiang is well serviced by high speed rail including the

  • Shanghai-Hangzhou High Speed ​​Rail
  • Nanjing-Hangzhou High Speed ​​Rail
  • Hangzhou-Ningbo High Speed ​​Rail
  • Hangzhou-Changzhou High Speed ​​Rail
  • Hanghuang High Speed ​​Rail
  • Shanghehang High Speed ​​Rail (under construction)
  • Hangzhou-Wenzhou High Speed ​​Railway (under construction)

Ports

Coastal Ningbo, Shanghai, and Zhoushan Islands are served by multiple passenger ships every day, forming China’s busiest maritime passenger “Golden Triangle”. Also, there are several cruise ships departing from the Hangzhou-Suzhou and Hangzhou-Wuxi sections of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal every day. Ningbo is also a major cargo port.

The main coastal ports in Zhejiang are: Ningbo port, Zhoushan port, Taizhou port, Zhapu port, Wenzhou port; the main inland river ports are: Hangzhou port, Jiaxing port, Huzhou port, and Shaoxing port.