The Tale of Tea.

By Mark Andrews

Inner Circle – Shangri-la Hotels. August 2016.

Legends, tea and silk permeate the hills and waters of Hangzhou.

<p>Hangzhou, for centuries, has held a special place in Chinese culture. “Heaven above, Hangzhou and Suzhou below”, says a traditional phrase extolling the city. Marco Polo was one of the earliest foreign visitors to the city and marvelled at its size and wealth. Over a hundred years earlier, the city had transformed into the capital of the Southern Song dynasty.</p>

<p>Lake District</p>

<p>West Lake is the number one reason to visit the city and the new Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou offers magnificent views of the city’s crown jewel. The hotel’s Horizon Club Lounge even features a telescope, ideal for picking out distant landmarks. From this vantage point, the sheer scale of the lake is laid out.</p>

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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