South of Hangzhou, the city of Jinhua is in the center of Zhejiang province. As a co-host of the upcoming Asian Games, it will host sepak takraw and football matches. Wuyi County in Jinhua may well be an ideal choice to refresh and revitalize.
Known as a “hot spring city”, Wuyi has 13 hot springs which together are said to use over 24,000 metric tons of water per day, which will be more than enough to soak you in and bathe you tired. It also offers some of the tastiest organic teas in the country. You can immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying the delights of Wuju Opera.
Commonly known as Jinhua Theater, Wuju Opera originated about 500 years ago and is the combination of six famous vocal tunes – the high-pitched tune, the Kunqu opera tune, the luantan tune ( literally “random hit”), the Huiju opera tune, the tanhuang tune (a local folk opera art), and the shidiao tune (popular local ditties).
Half water and half wine is how the city of Shaoxing is often portrayed. Lu Xun (1881-1936), one of his proudest sons, would have agreed with this. Considered by many to be the greatest Chinese writer of the 20th century, Lu Xun, the pseudonym of Zhou Shuren, is one of Shaoxing’s most charismatic figures and most recognizable icons. It would be quite negligent if you hadn’t read any of his works when you visit the city.
Where better to turn than the Luzhen Scenic Resort? Based on the landscape depicted in Lu’s classics, including the famous The True Story of Ah Q and Diary of a Madman, the place incorporates folk customs, architecture and natural beauty of Shaoxing, as well as the recreation of scenes from a century ago. Lu’s former residence is another must visit, if you want to delve deeper into why he is one of China’s most revered contemporary writers.
Before leaving Shaoxing for the next stop, visit Yangshan Sport Climbing Center in Keqiao District, where the Asian Games climbing competitions will be held.
A major coastal city and a key link in the ancient and contemporary maritime silk road, Ningbo will host sailing and beach volleyball during the Asian Games.
Unsurprisingly, the city offers an abundance of seafood, a common feature of Ningbo cuisine. Characterized by steaming, braising and stewing, Ningbo cuisine is often described as “fresh and salty”. In town, yellow croakers with pickled cabbage, salted crab and braised octopus are some of the popular local dishes you must try.
One of the must-see places is Moon Lake, affectionately called the Mother Lake of Ningbo, which has a history of over 1,400 years and includes 10 charming islets. On its west bank stands Tianyige, or Tianyi Pavilion, built around 460 years ago and considered the oldest library in China. If time permits, you can also drop by the Mahjong Exhibition Gallery, the only one of its kind in China, and get a taste of one of China’s most beloved pastimes – a word of warning: don’t get too addicted!
With four distinct seasons and abundant rainfall, the city of Wenzhou, located in southern Zhejiang, enjoys a pleasant climate, making it an ideal place for dragon boat races during the Asian Games. Indeed, these races and events take place every year in the city and are particularly appreciated by locals. With hundreds of thousands of people who used to reside in Wenzhou and now live around the world, this tradition holds special significance.
The new Wenzhou Dragon Boat Sports Center, where six gold medals will be up for grabs, has now become a tourist attraction itself. Seen from above, the center looks like a dragon resting on a river, which couldn’t be more appropriate.
During the Labor Day holiday, the city’s historic and cultural Wuma Street will be a good place to stroll, soak up some local history and culture before shopping for souvenirs for your family and friends. friends.
About 60 kilometers from Hangzhou is Mogan Mountain in Deqing County, Huzhou City. During the 2022 Asian Games, events such as 3-on-3 basketball and volleyball competitions will be held in the county. Before diving into the heat of the games, why not retire to the cool of the mountains and enjoy some peace and quiet?