Nightlife in Hangzhou
The premier sightseeing destination in Hangzhou that includes ancient sites and cultural landmarks, West Lake also makes for prime night time entertainment as well. Its picturesque shoreline and vast waters provide the perfect destination for a leisurely boat ride by moonlight. It's an excellent spot to take someone special for a memorable evening. Boats of all shapes and sizes are available for hire all along the lake.
2. Absolute House
Located along Hangzhou's famous nightlife strip, Absolute House is a nightclub that's a hangout for both expats and locals. The tunes include a heavy mix of hip-hop, trance, house and drum and base. Expert DJs and state-of-the-art sound systems keep the party going in fine style.
Nanshan Rd, Hangzhou,
3. Shamrock Irish Pub
Located in Wushan Square, the Shamrock Irish Pub is set in a historic structure that dates to the Ming Dynasty, early 1900s. British beer and eats define this local favorite where guests can choose from a wide array of beers, wine, sprits and Guinness while enjoying live music nightly. Casual and fun, this bar takes guests from the Orient to the Emerald Isle in a matter of seconds. Locals, regular business travelers and guests alike frequent this quintessential British spot.
70 Zhongshan Zhong Lu, Hangzhou, China. Tel: +86 571 8702 8760
Next to the beautiful Wu Mountain scenic spot lies the Chenghuang Teahouse, a classical building with five layers. The interior decoration is simple and refined. You can enjoy a good view of Wu Mountain while sipping a cup of tea and tasting pastries. It is the best place for relaxation, and can be found at No.3 Wushan Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou.
The teahouse closest to the West Lake is Hu Pan Ju (Lakeside Teahouse). This is a place for friends to hang out and drink tea and for visitors to taste the authentic Longjing tea and take in the breathtaking scenery of the West Lake. It has been one of the most famous teahouses in Hangzhou for many years, and lies at No.23 Hubin Road, Hangzhou.
3 Wushan Rd, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China. Tel: +86 571 8791 0725
Housed on what's known as "Tea House Street," this charming tea house is one of over 700 located in the city. Its location provides guests with outstanding views of the scenic Wu Mountain and surrounding cityscape. You can select from a large variety of teas and sip your soothing selection in a relaxing environment that includes traditional Chinese music and tea ceremonies.
5. Kana's Bar
Somewhat of a Nanshan icon, Kana's bar is owned by an ex-foreign student influential in the development of the city's nightlife. Kana's is an exciting mix of expats and locals, always a happening place with plenty of top shelf drinks and well-mixed cocktails. Reasonable rates and friendly service make this spot a must-stop. Both live bands and DJs keep the tunes rolling for appreciative crowds; an eclectic mix of rap, R&B, funk and hip-hop fills the house.
152 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou, Tel: +86 571 8706 3228
6. Nanshan Road
If there's a name that's synonymous with nighttime entertainment in Hangzhou, it's definitely Nanshan Road. This strip of road houses a wide variety of the city's best clubs, pubs and bars offering all manner of entertainment, from live acts to expert DJs spinning the most popular music. You're sure to find a spot that suits your mood as you make your way along this happening length of real estate.
7. Night & Day
Located along the famed Nashan Road, this popular club blends the best of Chinese culture with Latin culture, resulting in a trendy nightspot tailor-made for a lively crowd ready to dance well into the wee small hours of the night. The establishment features an upstairs balcony that provides magnificent views of the lovely West Lake. Live bands keep dancers moving to sultry salsa tunes, and bartenders mix drinks that compete for attention.
240 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou, China. Tel: +86 571 8777 0275
8. Reggae Bar
Located very near Zhejiang University, a young college crowd fills this intimate bar that plays a happening mix of rock, rap and hip-hop music. Imported beers and eastern eats like pizza, burgers, fries and wings make foreigners feel at home. Skilled DJs ply their craft with a well-stocked shelf of tunes, and regulars greet newcomers with a laid-back friendliness.
95 ShuGuang Lu, Hangzhou,
9. G Plus
Party central, G Plus caters to a trendy, beautiful crowd looking to mingle and have a good time. It's garnered a reputation as being one of the best nightclubs in town and slates top name DJs to fill the chair each night. Expert bartenders and top-of-the-line sound and light equipment round out the overall experience.
169 Qing Chun Lu, Hangzhou, Tel: +86 571 8721 5152
10. Paradise Rock »
15 Hubin Rd, Hangzhou,
A mix of tasty eats, low-priced drinks and lively music has made Paradise Rock one of the who's who in Hangzhou entertainment. Located on Hubin Road, this atmospheric night spot has a western feel and serves up tap and bottled beer alongside expertly mixed cocktails to the backdrop of live bands. This also happens to be a great spot for lonely foreigners to mingle with other foreigners.
11 with Discos, KTV
Golden Time (Jinbi Huihuang) is a large entertainment centre, with Discos, KTV, a jazz bar and coffee bar. Located at No. 169, Qingchun Road of Hangzhou, the Golden Time is easy to reach by bus Nos. 18, 31, 8 and 59.
West Lake Cinema: No.95 Pinghai Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Qingchun Film City: No.60 Qingchun Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou
Impression West Lake
Performance of "Impression West Lake" is a high praise and a greeting for the West Lake culture. Her nature, gesture, affection and destiny have a close relation to the West Lake. Our tour guide will pick you up after dinner and take you to the open site of the "Impression West Lake" by the north part of the lake. After about 70 minutes'show, our guide will take you to downtown area to enjoy a local night life.
We'll take you on a fascinating tour through a unique outdoor performance named "Impression West Lake" to help you truly experience the beauty of China. A collaboration between famous Japanese musician Kitaro and iconic singer Zhang Liangying, "Impresion West Lake" is becoming a major tourist attraction in the city of Hangzhou.
Here is our reporter Du Lijun.
"In heaven, there is paradise; on earth, it's Suzhou and Hangzhou". This popular saying captures very well the charm of Hangzhou.
Situated in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, Hangzhou was once described by the 13th century Italian traveler Marco Polo as "the most splendid and luxurious city in the world". This is most evident in the West Lake area, the city's most prominent scenic spot.
Nestled amid hilly peaks on three sides, the lake has been inspiring poets of great acclaim for centuries.
Following the success of "Impression Liu Sanjie" and "Impression Lijiang", renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou is now extending his outdoor musical series to the picturesque West Lake. The result is a unique outdoor production titled "Impression West Lake."
Wang Chaoge, co- director of the play, explains their initiative.
"The beauty of the West Lake goes far beyond its natural scenery. Its stories and cultural heritage make the place more appealing. It's meaningless to replicate the plant and hills. Instead, we try to create a space for imagination. It is a great challenge for us to turn real nature into an imaginary fairyland in people's minds. "
Zhang Yimo has this to say.
"The preparation involves a lot of research. It's not something you can do by reading a couple of traveling pamphlets. Instead, you have to consult with local scholars and industry officials to understand the essence of the cultural legacy. We have to see what is most representative of the west lake. Otherwise, we wouldn't even know where to start."
The story the production team is looking for is "The Legend of the White Snake", set in the Southern Song Dynasty in the Westlake.
As the story goes, a female white snake demon, Bai Suzhen or Lady White, dreams of becoming a goddess. So she takes on mortal form and steps into the human world. On the broken bridge of the West Lake, she meets a handsome scholar Xu Xian, who saved her life in the previous life. The two fall in love and get married.
A monk intervenes in order to save the scholar's soul and casts Lady White into a deep well at the Leifeng Pagoda.
Over time, the tale has evolved from a horror story to one of romance. Together with other legends of the lake, it rests quietly in every corner within the landscape.
Set around Su Causeway and Curved Yard and Lotus Pool, on the water of Yue Lake, is the musical's natural stage.
When the night falls, colored lighting shrouds the lake, with hills and water as its backdrop.
Lady White walks across the water to meet her lover Xu Xian coming in a small boat. The stage is set three centimeters below the lake and can descend a further half a meter.
When the light fades, we can see fish and lotus lanterns - played by hundreds of actors - glimmer in the dark. And with the help of modern technology, a "bridge of heaven" rises into the sky, uniting the long-separated couple at end of the play.
Audiences from across the world are fascinated by the spectacle.
"I'm from Taiwan. I'm deeply touched by "The legend of the White Snake". It is such a splendorous production. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world."
"I'm from Poland. I'm here for the second time. It's so fantastic, so beautiful. I'm coming back once more for sure. Because each time, it's completely different. It's enormous beautify, which I adore so much."
While the play continues to thrill audiences, the production team is finding ways to protect the environment of the West Lake while the show is being staged. Many movie crews have failed to care for the environment during shoots in the past. Over time, breathtakingly beautiful pictures have strongly featured in Chinese blockbusters. Yet there are persistent news headlines about production teams not caring for the environment. The stunning beauty caught on camera is in sharp contrast with the destruction outside of it.
Under intense media pressure, Chinese movie professionals are also changing. Zhang Yimo is the pioneer of this green trend.
"The environment of the West Lake does not only belong to the city of Hangzhou, or China. It belongs to the whole world. The performance is just a small example when one takes into account the large environmental issue. We've spent a year on environmental protection. Even the route for the audience to enter and exit the site is designed to be environmentally friendly."
Fan Yue is another co- director of the show.
"Every night, we are in for a quality performance. But during the day time, removable seats are stashed away, the stage descends under the water and the boat and light pull away. The originality of the West Lake is kept intact. We spare no effort to protect the environment."
As a residential performance, "Impression West Lake" is on show all year round. This visual spectacle is becoming a major draw for visitors in Hangzhou, for everyone to experience the beauty of China.
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