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Nine Creeks by Misty Trees @ Hangzhou China

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The Nine Creeks are fairly close to the Longjing Tea Village that we visited.  The Nine Creeks are rated as one of the Ten New Scenes of West Lake  in Hangzhou which has a few names in Chinese – 九溪烟树 (jiu xi yan shu) meaning Nine Creeks by Misty Trees or 九溪十八涧 (jiu xi shi ba jian) meaning Nine Creeks & Eighteen Streams.  We walked about 1 hour from the Longjin Tea Village as transportation wasn’t readily accessible (unless you hire a cab for the day).   Continue reading

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Yue Fei Temple @ Hangzhou China

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The Yue Fei Temple (岳王廟)in Hangzhou was originally built during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279) to commemorate the patriotic hero.  Yue Fei fought tirelessly and played a big role in protecting northern China from the invasion by the Jerchen people of Manchuria.  Despite Yue Fei’s true loyalty to the country, Emperor Gaozong took advise from the evil official Qin Hui,  who framed Yue Fei for jail under false accusation, arranged for an assassination, resulting in the death of Yue Fei at a young age of 39.    Continue reading

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Fei Lai Feng @ Hangzhou China

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Fei Lai Feng (飞来峰) literally means “Peak Flown in From Afar” and was thought to have flown in from India in Chinese legend.  The peak is rather rocky with ancient grottoes featuring plenty of Buddhist stone carvings.  The peak is located right next to the Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺) and the two are some of the finest historical places in Hangzhou that have endured for more than 1000 years.    Continue reading

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