Museum Tour In Hangzhou
“The Refreshing fragrance of sweet-scented osmanthus wafts down around the Lingyin Temple as if it was coming from the fabled Moon Palace, the heavenly scent of joss sticks and candles floats from the Temple up to the sky." In the golden autumn of October, Hangzhou is full of fragrance, like a city with overturned perfume bottles. In order to lead our foreign teachers to taste the hidden flavours of Hangzhou, staff at the Hangzhou Branch carefully planned a museum trip which would give the most representative view of the Hangzhou culture.
Today’s trip included the China Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum, the China Knife,Scissor & Sword Museum, the China Fan Museum and the China Umbrella Museum.Why are so many museums located in Hangzhou? Why is the world's longest canal linking the capital Beijing and Hangzhou? Faced with various questions from the foreign teachers, we were smiling without a word, just let them find out the answers by themselves.
Our trip started with the China Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum where we learned about the construction history of the world's longest canal. The huge project, with spans more than 1,700 kilometers and insurmounted the technical difficulties of the five water systems, it reflects the efforts and wisdom of Chinese people who laboured in ancient times. Whereas the China Knife, Scissor & Sword Museum,the China Fan Museum and the China Umbrella Museum are the epitome of Chinese traditional handicrafts. Zhang Xiaoquan Scissors, Wang Xingji Fans, West Lake Silk Umbrellas are among the best in the world. Foreign teachers stopped to appreciate and admire the handiwork of their creators as if trying to engraveall of these unique Hangzhou characteristics of Chinese crafts-persons deeply into their minds.
At dusk, we crossed the centuries-old Gongchen Bridge and boarded the water bus. From Gongchen Bridge to Wulin Gate, the boat moved through the blue waves of the canal. What we were seeing was all of the history of the long gone past.