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Family Fun in Spring
By MORE Team

Having MORE Fun with Your Kids

Here at MORE, we feel that we’ve been a bit remiss in our offerings to the family folk out there. To our readers it may seem like Hangzhouvians’ lives are all about drinking and party. It’s may be true that there are tons of alchies and party animals out there, but there are also lots of mommies and daddies, and they are wondering where they can take their kids to picnic or on a weekend trip, or maybe just be on a farm to get close to nature. Spring is in full throttle, and it’s a fabulous time to get out with the tiny tots before the unbearable heat of the Hangzhou summer engulfs us. So, here we have gathered a collection of info for those of you who have children, and for a change, we are giving you parents some fun places to explore. Enjoy!!

 

Picnic & Parks

Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) 孤山

It’s been called Solitary Hill because it’s a small peninsula. It’s only 35 meters high, but when you walk around, it feels like you’re in a forest. With a fascinating history and association with calligraphy and ancient poets, Gu Shan gives you a chance to glimpse an element of Chinese culture. Gu Shan is one of the best spots to view West Lake, and there are lots of places you can sit under the trees and enjoy your family time with a picnic. It’s centrally located, which makes it a good spot to hit if you’ve only got an afternoon.

How to Get There? Take Tourist line 10, get off at the Xiling Qiao stop, or take bus 7, 27, get off at the Geling stop. 

Ticket Price: free 

 

Taiziwan Park (Prince Bay Park) 太子湾公园

Taiziwan Park, a.k.a. Prince Bay Park, is located on the part of Nanshan Road which loops around to the southwest side of West Lake. It is a beautiful oasis amongst the busy walkways around the lake and is a particular hot spot for wedding photos and the annual tulip exhibition. It’s said that this used to be the site of Cuanyuan Garden (攒园), the garden for temporarily keeping the coffins of two princes in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), hence the name. When spring hits, this park becomes one of the best spots for picnicking or just hanging out. Wander around the park, and you’ll see flowers as well as Japanese apple and cherry trees in full bloom everywhere.

How to Get There? Take bus K4 and 514, get off at the Sudi Park stop. 

Ticket Price: free 

Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

 

Xiang Lake

The Xiaoshan government has spent the past several years developing this area, creating a scenic spot to give Hangzhouvians an alternative to the tourist saturated West Lake. Xiang Lake is big and getting even bigger; it’s rumored that by next year, it will be even larger than the West Lake scenic area. Here you’ll find plenty of lawns to recline on for a nice family picnic. If you don’t feel like hauling your own food, there are nice restaurants to eat in. Walk, ride a bike, take a boat to explore the lake. Around the lake there are also spots for the tykes, like the amusement park Hangzhou Paradise and Hangzhou Polar Ocean World.

How to Get There? Take Line 1 of the metro to the Xiang Lake stop.   

Ticket Price: Hangzhou Paradise: 160RMB; Polar Ocean World: 240RMB

Hours: Hangzhou Paradise: 10am~9pm (Jun. 29 to Aug. 31); 10am – 5pm (Sep. 1 to Jun. 28); Polar Ocean World: 9am - 5pm

 

Hangzhou Taoyuan Barbecue 杭州桃园烧烤

This place is located in Liangzhu town (良渚镇石桥村68号) it the north of Hangzhou. They provide more than just barbecues: there is vegetable and fruit picking, fishing, biking, chess and tea rooms, a children's playground and laser tag (CS style). You can bring your own food, or they have a BBQ set which includes all the BBQ equipment, table and chairs, oil, honey, spices, and the usual Hangzhou BBQ fare plus some Longjing Tea. This place can also be a weekend escape as they have accommodation as well.

How to Get There? Take bus 313 from the North Bus Station or from Hangzhou Tower block D, take bus 348 to Liangzhu People’s Square, then taxi to Ye Luwan 野芦湾.

Ticket Price: free 

Reservation: 131 7363 5592, 131 0571 7631

Website: www.hztysk.com

 

Parks

Xixi Wetland Park and the Xixi Flower Festival西溪湿地和西溪花朝节

Xixi Wetland is just a great place to spend a day. Take your family there to get close to nature. Xixi is a lush wetland that covers about ten square kilometers, of which three-and-a-half square kilometers are open to the public as a park. Get there early, and you can catch a glimpse of some rare birds.

The Xixi Flower Festival is held in the wetland and ends on May 10th. They offer three packages: The Bike Tour in Xixi Wetland, Children’s Package for games and food, and the Boat Rowing Package. Go to our website www.morehangzhou.com and search “2015 China Hangzhou Xixi Flower Festival” to find the details.

The National Wetland Museum of China is also nearby the wetland. It is open from 9am to 4:30pm every day except Mondays and holidays. The museum is a great place to take kids and people who love the natural beauty of the wetlands. Admission is free, although some special services and displays, like the 4D Theater, have a fee.

How to get there: There is free shuttle bus from Leifeng Pagoda on the south bank of the West Lake to Xixi Wetland every half an hour from 9am to 2:30pm. Passengers who hold entrance tickets for Xixi Wetland can get on the bus for free. Or take bus K506, K193, K310 and sight-seeing line 1 and get off at Xixi Wetland Stop.

Wetland Ticket: 140RMB, including a 20-minute electric boat ride.

Boat: Battery Boat: 60RMB. Row Boat: 100RMB/per boat (6 people/boat)

Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); 8:30am – 5pm (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31) Last entry at 4:30pm.

Website: www.xixiwetland.com.cn

Haihuangxing Ecological Park 海皇星生态乐园

We found this place through a friend’s WeChat. Her son had a ball there. There’s a lot to do in the park: visit the flower and orchard plantation, pick seasonal fruit, spend the night in a bungalow, fish, camp, have a bonfire, picnic, barbecue, play on the playground and horseback ride. Arts and crafts, like kite painting or ceramics, are a lot of fun for you and your kiddo to do together – they need to be booked though (30RMB – 40RMB). You can make dumplings with your kids in the barbecue area. They provide all the things you need for cooking (2RMB/dumpling). The barbecue has a few sets from 50RMB to100RMB (child + adult). You can bring your own food; barbeque equipment runs 170RMB - 220RMB.

  

How to Get There? Take bus 308 at Huansha Road and Kaiyuan Road junction, get off at the Zhuantang stop, switch to 109 to Zhou Pu stop. Or take bus 310 at Huangchao Huayuan stop at Zijinhua Road, get off at the Liuhe Lu Beikou stop.

Ticket Price: 100RMB/person, 150RMB/one child and adult, 250RMB/one child and two adults 

Hours: 8:30am - 5pm

Website: www.haihuangxing.cn

Hangzhou Safari Park 杭州野生动物园

The Hangzhou Safari Park is a fully-fledged zoo and safari park with quite an array of exotic animals. Lions, Siberian Tigers, and the odd Hippo steal the show, but "The Naughty Monkey Cage" is good for giggles too: nit-eating Monkeys preening every conceivable part of their bodies will have you in stitches. You can take the train around the safari park or even drive yourself via private car entry. At every stop there are zookeepers, some feeding mulberry bushes to the Camels or apples the Brown Bear, or giving live chickens to the Cheetahs to squabble over. Circus, Bird and Elephant shows can be seen at various times throughout the day.

How to Get There? Take bus 514A or 514B, the station is at Putisi Road菩提寺路 and goes straight to the Safari Park.

Ticket Price: 180RMB/person, 270RMB/one child and one adult, 450RMB/one child and two adults 

Hours: 9:30am - 5pm

Website: www.hzsp.com

Song Dynasty Theme Park 宋城

Walk into the park and you are immediately thrust back to the heyday of the Southern Song Dynasty, when Hangzhou was the seat of power. Make your way through the streets to see the workshops of different trades: camphor, blacksmith, dyeing, porcelain… There are lots of things going on to keep your kids’ attention, like jugglers, shadow plays and Wu Song performances. You can visit the snack street to stuff the monsters’ faces before you hit the large-scale song and dance show Song Dynasty Eternal Love. It’s on every day from 2pm to 3pm, 6pm to 7pm, and 7:20pm to 8:20pm.

How to Get There? Take bus 4, 202, 287, 308, 318, 354, 510, 1400, or tourist bus 3, get off at the Songcheng stop.

Ticket Price: 300RMB/person, includes entry and show Song Dynasty Eternal Love   

Hours: 10am – 9pm

Website: www.songcn.com

The Farmer Park 农夫乐园

This is the place where your child can experience what farm life is like. There are areas like Xiyangyang (Happy Sheep) Park and Twelve Zodiac Cartoon Characters Park. There are also special summer activities like World of Ice, where you can ski and see ice sculptures, Night Water Carnival, where you can enjoy their laser show, and the Water Splashing Festival. At the farm, you can help them pick fruit and vegetables, hula hoop, bamboo pole dance and sing – different ways to feel the (real?) farming life.

How to Get There? Take bus 313 or 348, get off at the Liangzhu stop, keep walking 150m to reach the traffic light, turn right and walk another 700m. The Farmer Park will be on your right.

Ticket Price: 120RMB/adults, 60RMB/kids, 300RMB/two adults+one kid 

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Website: www.zjnby.com

 

Nearby

Hello Kitty Theme Park  Hello Kitty主题公园

Hello Kitty has got its own theme park in China, and it’s the largest one yet. The newly-opened park is able to accommodate at least one million people a year. Apparently, the beloved kitten also has a loyal and diehard following outside its native Japan. There are six zones with at least ten attractions in each. No roller coasters as of yet, but there is a nice selection of family-friendly rides. Regardless of what you make of the lovable Japanese feline, the Hello Kitty theme park is expected to be a massive hit and bring smiles to little girls (and boys) from all corners of China.

How to Get There? Catch a bus to Anji, which departs every 15 to 20 minutes from the North Bus Station and costs 28RMB, and then take a taxi from outside the station, which costs around 30RMB.

Ticket Price: 260RMB/adults, 200RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 1 Tianshi Avenue, Anji, Zhejiang province (4009 778 899) 浙江省湖州市安吉县天使大道1

Website: www.hellokittypark.cn

Chocolate Happy Land 巧克力主题公园

This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the real world! Chocolate Happy Land, located in the Shanghai Expo Park, has eight areas, like Chocolate Kingdom, The Garden of Eden, and The Magic Shop, to name a few. Here, visitors can see the world's largest chocolate castle – it reaches as high as ten meters and covers an area of 2,000 square meters. Ninety-eight tons of bitter sweet chocolate and sixty tons of milk chocolate were used to build it. In The Magic Garden of Eden, you will see bubbling chocolate syrup, a rainbow bridge made of candy and a chocolate waterfall. The wee ones can play with Hello Kitty, the Transformers, Garfield, Crayon Shin-chan and other well-known cartoon characters.

How to Get There? Take bus 82, 610, 170, 815, 627, 818, get off at the terminal Tongyao Road/Yaolong Road stop, take the Chocolate Happy Land free shuttle bus, which departs every 20 minutes. Or take subway line no.7, get off at the Houtan stop, take exit 4 to find the Chocolate Happy Land free shuttle bus. You will see the sign at the exit.   

Ticket Price: 120RMB/adults, 60RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 100 Bocheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区博成路100 (近世博大道-上钢路路口)

Tel: 021 5100 1881/8723 8583

China Dinosaurs Park 中华恐龙园

The Dinosaur Park in Changzhou is where you can live the movie Jurassic Park. Well, not really, but if your kids are into dinosaurs, this is the place to go. There are lots of enormous scale dino sculptures throughout the park, and a great museum with fossils to add some science fun to your day. It’s easy to get around with electric carts or even tandem bikes to ride. There are also some amusement park rides for teens and adults to enjoy, and in the summer months they open up their water park to cool everyone down.

How to Get There? Catch a bus to Changzhou from the North Bus Station at 89RMB, or take a train from Hangzhou or Hangzhou North Train Station for150RMB, then take a taxi, which costs around 20RMB.

Ticket Price: 230RMB/adults, 115RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 1 Hanjiang Road, Xinbei District, Changzhou, Jiangsu 江苏常州市新北区汉江路1

Website: www.cnkly.com/DinosaursPark/Home

Coming soon: Shanghai Disney Resort

Disneyland Shanghai is set to open in the spring of 2016. The 1,000-acred theme park will include the world's largest Disney castle, a Toy Story hotel and a 'Disneytown'. It was originally due to open this year, but Disney CEO Bob Iger last week announced a delay.

Website: www. shanghaidisneyresort.com.cn

Day Care, Kindergarten & Schools

Freinet Education Centre 弗雷内教育中心

Freinet Education Centre is the only school in China authorized by the Institut Coopératif de l’Ecole Moderne (ICEM), the Fédération Internationale des Mouvements d’Ecole Moderne (FIMEM) to use and promote Freinet pedagogy. Their courses are designed in three languages (Chinese, English and French): science, art, social codes, language and sports are aimed at children from two to six years old. They also recommend and organize a number of international cultural activities. They provide weekend courses in English, French and art in small class, and also Freinet pedagogical training for teachers.

Address: Guanjiang Building, Wangjiang Park, Wangchao Road 望潮路望江公园观江楼, 0571 8701 3630; Fu Di, Tianmushan Road, inside the Xixi National Wetland Park 天目山路西溪湿地公园内高庄入口福堤旁, 0571 8601 1160

Website: www.freinet-edu.com

 

Hangzhou International School 杭州国际学校

Hangzhou International School was founded in 2001 as a sister school to the Shanghai Community International Schools with an initial enrollment of 15 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4. It currently serves over 300 students in Nursery through 12th grade.

Address: 80 Dongxin Road, Binjiang 滨江区东信路80, 0571 8669 0045

Website: https://hz.scis-his.net/

 

Gymboree 金宝贝

Founded in 1976, Gymboree is the global leader in early childhood development program. With 35 years of experience in guiding parents and their children to learn and develop together. There are more than 700 education centers in 40 countries and regions, including the UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, France and Asia. As the wonderland for kids aged from 0 to 5, Gymboree develops the children’s potential in a systematic manner and provides learning programs via recreation, which includes play, music and art. They now operate four branches in Hangzhou.

Address: 3/F, 51 Feiyunjiang Road 飞云江路51号凤凰城3, 0571 8755 2855; 3/F, Keji Square, 90 Wensan Road (at Macheng Road) 文三路90号科技广场3(马塍路口), 0571 8195 1666; 558-560 North Jianguo Road  建国北路558-560, 0571 8813 7855; 2/F, InCity, 588 Gudun Road 古墩路588号古墩印象城 (沃尔玛) 2, 0571 8195 1221

Website: www.gymboree.com.cn

 

Shopping

Kidswant Supermarket 城西银泰孩子王

This supermarket is great – everything for expectant mothers and kids from 0 to 14 years old. One stop and you have it all! If you are pregnant and preparing for delivery, you can go there to pack your labor bag. You can also buy the baby stuff ahead of time to welcome your little angel. If you are a new mother, there you will find diapers, baby clothes, formula, baby bottles, baby oil, shampoo, shower gel, car seat… It will save you a lot of time!

Address: B1/F, Intime Mall, 380 Fengtan Road  丰潭路380号城西银泰城地下1

 

BLT

BLT is located at the foot of Kidswant. This supermarket sells imported goods. They have a nice section for imported baby stuff like formula, baby bottles, baby oil, shampoo, shower gel, diaper ointment… You’ll be amused by their brand selection.

Address: B1/F, Intime Mall, 380 Fengtan Road  丰潭路380号城西银泰城地下1

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Do You Know How Much Urine is in the Swimming Pools?

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, what beats escaping the summer heat with a refreshing splash in the pool?

But have you ever thought of a question: How much urine is there in the pool?

Let’s talk about that today.

Blogger Mark Rober spoke with a couple of scientists to find out the average amount of pee in a swimming pool. The giveaway is the amount of artificial sweetener in pool water. And the unmistakable pool smell.

Mark sampled private pools and public pools four times and sent the samples directly to a laboratory for inspection

Mark visited Lindsay Blackstock, a PhD student of analytical and environmental toxicology at Alberta University to learn about her ingenious method for measuring the amount of pee in a pool by looking at the concentration of an artificial sweetener called Acefulfame Potassium, it’s commonly found in processed foods and fizzy drinks. This is commonly found in urine because it passes straight through the body undigested.

They looked at samples from some pools in his area to determine how much pee was in them and he conducted an experiment of his own to see what was the cause of that "classic pool smell". He also presented average amounts of pee in large pools as well as an equation to determine how much pee is in your own pool.

In fact, you can also get the results by measuring the amount of urea in the pool, but urea can also come from human sweat, and sweat is very common in pools, so you cannot tell how much urea actually came from pee.

Before the results of the experiment came out, Mark learned a big "secret"!

It took about an hour for the mass spectrometer to detect the results. When Mark waited, Lindsay also told him an amazing fact...

Adding chlorine into a pool can disinfect the water because it kills harmful bacteria, viruses and microorganisms...

However, there is also a big disadvantage! Chlorine for disinfection reacts with urea in the pool to form trichloroamine, that’s why you may smell it when you enter the indoor pool. It is actually the smell of trichloramine, which is the   of urine and chlorine, not just the smell of disinfectant water.

To prove this, Mark personally tested it. He prepared two 5 gallon buckets, and filled them with pure water, then added four times the recommended concentration of chlorine for that volume of water to both buckets, and then added a little urine to the bucket B.

After 3 days of waiting, it’s time for the truth.

Bucket A still smells like water even with four times the recommended chlorine concentration, while bucket B smells like a swimming pool. The only difference is that bucket B has a small amount of pee in it. The smell reminds us of summer vacations in a 5-star hotel’s pools or water parks. It turns out… it’s just pee.

The classic pool smell doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the problem is it’s kinda bad news for both your lungs and your eyes.

If your eyes are really red after swimming for a while, that’s because of the trichloroamine from the pee, not the chlorine. Trichloroamine also causes asthma, in fact, studies show that asthma is more likely to occur among lead swimmers than any other high-level athletes, which now make sense, because Michael Phelps admitted to always peeing in the pool and he says everyone does it too.

In Lindsay’s research, she sampled 20 public swimming pools and 10 public hot tubs. The average concentration of sweetener for the public pool was 470ng/L , and 2247ng/L for the public hot tubs.

So what about Mark’s samples? The concentration of artificial sweetener in his friend’s backyard pool is 69ng/L. Although it is much lower than the average, it equals just under a gallon of pee. Mark's hot tub has a slightly higher concentration of artificial sweetener at 103ng/L.

In another set of samples taken by Mark in a public pool and hot tub, the concentration of artificial sweetener is 27ng/L for the pool and 335ng/L for the hot tub, respectively.

Those numbers are much lower than the average levels of the 30 samples that Lindsay collected, which leads Mark to believe that the water has been completely replaced recently.

If you want to estimate the pee in your pool, Mark came up with a simple equation after talking to some professionals and the equation depends on the number of people.

Average:
numbers of swimmers × 1.2 = gallons of pee

If you think they pee more than average: 
numbers of swimmers × 2 = gallons of pee

If they are more disciplined:
numbers of swimmers × 0.5 = gallons of pee

An Olympic pool would contain over 130 gallons of pee.

While some people swear by the health benefits of drinking urine, which is sterile, taking a gulp of the stuff in a swimming pool is not a good idea.

Urine contains many nitrogenous compounds such as urea, ammonia, amino acids, and creatinine. These compounds can react with disinfectants (e.g., chlorine) in swimming pools to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs).

Although considered a taboo, 19 percent of adults have admitted to having urinated in swimming pools at least once.

So be cool, don’t pee in the pool!

If you are interested watching Mark Rober’s research video, go on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S32y9aYEzzo

A Nearby Summer Escaping Plan

The city has been rainy and wet for a month, and you wonder when is this going to end. When the rain stops, it’s time for the heat, and voilà, summer is here. It gets hot and humid in Hangzhou, but there are places nearby you can go to enjoy a cooler environment. These include the islands, mountains, lakes and rivers in or near Hangzhou, and the local water parks.

01 - TONGLU -
Luci Bay 桐庐-芦茨湾

Luci Village is situated on the bank of the Fuchun River and is located beside the Longmenwan Scenic Area in the south of the Yangtze River. The village of Luci has a beautiful landscape with a wealth of rural tourism attractions such as Luci Tutu and Yanlingwu Orchard. Luci Village has a long history and profound cultural heritage. This is the hometown of the late Tang poet Fang Gan. In the village of Luci, there are relatively complete ancient buildings such as Chengong Temple and Linggu Temple with historical and traditional features, ancient lanes, old bridges, and ancestral halls.

There are plenty of water entertainment projects to play. Pick a sunny weekend, bring your water gun and swimsuit, and go have a thrilling rafting or water skiing. If you don't want to go into the water, rent a bicycle to go around the lake, 50RMB for pedal boat for unlimited time, the price is very affordable. Or you can bring a small basket to dig bamboo shoots, pick some raspberries, wild vegetables and herbs. Take a bite on that ice cold watermelon, or ask for a cup of Luci black tea on the way to the mountain is also very good.

- TONGLU -
Yaolin Wonderland 桐庐-瑶琳仙境


During the Olympic season, visitors coming to the Yaolin caves can watch the live broadcast of the Games while cooling off in the caves. Yaolin Wonderland is a group of limestone caves formed by corrosion through the ages. With stalagmite and peak stones in fantastic shapes and colors as well as murmuring streams, pools and cliffs, its halls are interconnected with passages and chambers.

Yaolin Wonderland stretches 1km in depth and covers 28,000 sqm. It ranks second on the list of the newly developed natural scenic sports among the Forty Best Tourist Resorts in China. It was also awarded as one of the Ten Best Tourist Resorts in Zhejiang province.

In the spacious fourth to sixth halls of Yaolin Wonderland, 300-odd immortals from more than 20 myths and legends, such as Nuwa Patching the Skies and Houyi Shooting Down the Nine Suns, are displayed through lifelike modern audio-animatronics, complementing the beauty of the stalagmites in the other three halls of Yaolin Wonderland and adding a touch of mythology.

02 - DEQING -
Moganshan 德清-莫干山


Moganshan, part of China’s Moganshan National Park, about 1 hour by private car southwest of Shanghai, the lush mountain has long been the stomping ground of high-profile politicians (a list that once included Chairman Mao), foreign missionaries, Chinese gangsters, and well-heeled expats.

Thanks to its elite clientele and countryside appeal, the area has been dubbed the “Hamptons of China,” though visitors will have to trade a sandy coastline for rolling tea plantations and restored 19th-century mansions. Even without the beaches of Long Island, the draw is clear: It’s the kind of place where you can wander through tea plantations by day and sip French wines in a private cellar late into the evening. After a busy week of work in Hangzhou, where temperatures hover around 38 degrees in the summer, Moganshan provides cool mountain air and a blissfully wide-open itinerary.

There are a few places we recommend you to stay, simply search: Le Passage, naked Stables, Solvang Village Boutique on www.morehangzhou.com

03 - JIANDE -
Xin'an River 建德-新安江


Listed with the first group of national scenic spots ever adopted, the city of Jiande is described as a bright pearl along the golden tourist route from Zhejiang province to neighboring Anhui.

The Xin'an River attracts thousands of visitors from both home and abroad every year. Linking Yellow Mountain at its headwaters and Thousand-Island Lake at its lower reaches, the river winds among high mountains.

Due to its splendid landscapes, the river is renowned as a gallery where water meets mountains. Xin'an River is famous for its clear water - in summer or winter, its riverbed can be clearly seen. The temperature of the river remains 17 degrees through the whole year, and the fog on the river is also a wonder.

And forget to try the local specialty: Fish Head!

04 - LIN'AN -
West Zhejiang Grand Canyon 临安-浙西大峡谷


West Zhejiang Grand Canyon is located in the City of Lin'an in western Hangzhou. The canyon is one of the famed landscapes in western Zhexi. There are 4 main sightseeing areas: Jiamen Pass, White Horse Cliff, Zhelin Waterfall, and Laodui Brook.

From White Horse Cliff, you can see a landscape that includes waterfalls, brooks, and cliffs. At Jiamen Pass, you experience rafting or you can enjoy walking along trails through the canyon. At Zhelin Waterfall, you can see Yansheng Waterfall and Longmen Waterfall, the waters of which are exceptionally cool. An important feature of Laodui Brook is a display of cultural activities there.

- LIN'AN -
Qingshan Lake 临安-青山湖


Qingshan Lake is a manmade lake 4-5 kilometers to the east of Lin'an. Lined with metasequoia trees, the Lake makes a unique view. There is also a barbecue court and a small playing ground where you could go parachuting on the water. The best way to appreciate the views here is by boat. Tickets are available at Qinshan and Shenghe, two piers at the south bank of the Lake. You may board and alight at the same pier. There are two types of rides, with one taken on boats painted in the style of classic pleasure boats, and the other on yachts.

05 - LISHUI -
Songyang Ruoliao 丽水 - 松阳箬寮


Songyang County is located in the mountains of southwest Zhejiang and has over 1800 years of history. This is a famous city of provincial history. Historically, it was the economic center of Chuzhou (today's Lishui), and it has many historical relics, including the domestically and internationally famous Yanqing Temple Pagoda. The many cultural sites here also include the Huang Courtyard, the “Ming-Qing Neighborhood,” and the Xiongdi Jinshi (“Brothers Who Passed the Imperial Exam”) memorial gate.

The Ruoliao Primeval Forest is located in Songyang County. It is a small canyon between Lishui Mountain. The cool climate, dense vegetation accompanied by waterfalls and streams make the original forest a good place to escape the heat. The main thing here is to experience the farmhouse music, listen to the sound of the stream, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the fun of nature.

Shanghai’s Waste Classification Has Spawned A New Occupation

Lately, Shanghai citizens have been busy learning how to sort their garbage.

Overnight, all the garbage bins in Shanghai's major residential complexes disappeared! Residents can now only dispose of their garbage at designated garbage disposal points which are locked up during most of the day.

Each resident will be allocated with a time to dump their waste and a designated station within their vicinity, where they can sort garbage into bins.

The daily time for garbage disposal is regulated:
7am - 9am
6pm – 8pm

(Slightly different for different places)

Garbage must be sorted, otherwise the penalty will be between 50RMB-200RMB.

After the garbage bins were removed, some residents took garbage to work, some dumped them on the street late at night.

"On July 28, 2018, the garbage bins were removed. Although there was a lot of publicity previously (to educate the residents), the complex was like a big garbage dump the day after." Shi Jingjing, secretary of the party branch of the Fushi residential area in Minhang District, Shanghai, recalled, “After the garbage bins were removed and the designated garbage bins put in place, most residents, especially the elderly, found it easier to sort their garbage." Shi Jingjing said, "But some of the young people do not follow the waste classification rules. Some people throw garbage into the street trash can outside the complex. Some people take the garbage with them to throw in the garbage bins where they work.”

“In the vicinity of street shops, there will be a lot of unsorted overnight garbage in the morning.” said Wang Junxiong, head of the business department of Shanghai Jiangchuan Environmental Sanitation Comprehensive Service Co., Ltd. “The urban management, law enforcement, and other departments have their off-duty hours, some merchants would throw the unsorted garbage on the street in the evening. Even if they were discovered, the punishment is not hard enough.” In some communities, in order to find the owner of the ownerless garbage that was thrown away, the residents’ committee officials even went through the garbage to look for clues.

Garbage Disposal Service!

So some “smart” people have developed a new business:
Garbage disposal!

Ms. Chen said she goes out early and comes home late every day. Garbage disposal is scheduled at certain times of the day, which gives her a headache. After all, some people are busy.

Fortunately, some people started to provide garbage disposal services at the complex where she lives. She only needs to leave the sorted garbage at her door. At 9am every day, someone will come to take them to the designated garbage disposal point. The cost is 1RMB each time and 30RMB a month.

Waste sorting is just beginning. It will be a long journey for a big country like China. Apart from enhancing garbage storage sites, local environmental agencies are aiming to resolve garbage overflow in the districts of Jing’an, Changning, Yangpu, Fengxian, Songjiang and Chongming by the end of 2018. Other districts will follow suit next year, and it is expected that a fully conceived national system - including the enforcement of garbage fees - will be in place by 2020.

Your Latest Bus Guide to Xiaoshan & Pudong Airports

Starting from June 21st, the Yellow Dragon Stadium Station will no longer operate. There will be two locations where you can get a bus to Shanghai Pudong Airport. The journey takes about 3.5 hours and the ticket cost is 120RMB. Here are the details:

To Shanghai Pudong Airport
上海浦东机场大巴


From Wulinmen
武林门民航售票处

(390 Tiyuchang Road体育场路390号)

5:30am, 6:10am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm

From Hangzhou East Train Station
杭州火车东站


5:55am, 6:45am, 7:35am, 8:35am, 9:35am, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm, 3:35pm, 4:25pm, 5:05pm, 6:05pm

We also collected information for how to get to Xiaoshan Airport. Here are the details:

Bus to Xiaoshan Airport
萧山机场大巴


From Wulinmen
武林门民航售票处

(390 Tiyuchang Road体育场路390号)

Stops at: Bus station at the junction of Pinghai Road and Yuewang Road 平海路岳王路口公交车站 (You can purchase your ticket at: 平海路杭州市职工国际旅行社内)

First bus: 5am
Last bus: 9pm
Every 15 minutes from 5am to 5pm.
Every 30 minutes from 5pm to 9pm.

From Chengzhan Train Station
城站火车站


Inside of Chengzhan Train Station Bus Station 城站火车站汽车客运站内.
Add: 12-8 East Huancheng Road 环城东路12-8号

First bus: 5am
Last bus: 9pm
Every 30 minutes.

From Xiasha
下沙


Hangzhou Eastern International Business Center, South Haida Road 海达南路杭州东部国际商务中心
Stops at:  Shengtai Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel 盛泰开元名都酒店

7:15am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:10pm, 1:40pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm

From Hangzhou East Train Station
火车东站


Every 30 minutes from 5:30am from 9am.
Every 15 minutes from 9am to 9pm.

From Binjiang
滨江


Overseas Business Park, 368 Liuhe Road 六和路368号海外创业园
Stops at:  Ramada Plaza Riverside Hangzhou (华美达大酒店), and Jiangling Road Subway Station (江陵路地铁站)

6am, 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10am, 11:20am, 12:30pm, 1:40pm, 2:50pm, 4pm, 5:20pm, 6:40pm

From Future Science and Technology City
未来科技城


Hangzhou Future Science and Technology City Overseas High-Level Talents Innovation Park杭州未来科技城海创园

6:40am, 7:35am, 8:40am, 9:25am, 10:20am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm,  4:20pm, 5:25pm, 5:55pm, 6:40pm

From Xixi Wetland
西溪湿地


Longshezui, Xixi Wetland 杭州市西溪湿地龙舌嘴

8am, 10am, 12:20pm, 3:30pm

From Lake View Hotel
望湖宾馆


2 West Huancheng Road 环城西路2号

9am, 11am, 1:20pm, 4:30pm

From Hangzhou Terminal
杭州客运中心

(3339 East Desheng Rd. Jiubao Town 九堡镇德胜东路3339号)

6:40am, 7:40am, 8:45am, 8:50am, 9:10am, 9:40am, 10:10am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 2:05pm, 2:35pm, 3:20pm, 4pm, 4:35pm, 5:10pm, 5:50pm, 6:30pm, 7:10pm, 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 8:55pm

From Hangzhou North Bus Station
杭州长途汽车北站

(766 Moganshan Road 莫干山路766号)

5:15am, 6am, 6:45am, 7:40am, 8:10am, 8:40am, 9:20am, 10am, 10:40am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:40pm, 1:20pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:20pm, 5pm, 5:40pm, 6:20pm, 7pm, 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 9pm, 9:40pm, 10:10pm

From Hangzhou South Bus Station
杭州长途汽车南站

(407 Qiutao Road 秋涛路407号)

6:20am, 7:20am, 8:20am, 9:20am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm

From Hangzhou West Bus Station
杭州长途汽车西站

(357 Tianmushan Road  天目山路357号)

6:20am, 7:20am, 8:20am, 9:20am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm

We recommend you this platform to book your bus ticket. Not only can you buy tickets for the airport shuttle bus, but also to other cities as well. You can use your passport to purchase tickets.

To Come Back from Xiaoshan Airport

The shuttle buses of Hangzhou Airport usually take an hour to the city center and around 50 minutes to Xiaoshan District. To buy tickets, go to Gate 14, Arrival Hall, on the first floor of the domestic terminal.

China is Getting Serious about Waste Classification

China has been making efforts on waste sorting or waste recycling for decades, but there are still many problems yet to be solved. Eight cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou were considered national pilot cities for garbage sorting in 1998. Twenty years on, their efforts have not achieved the desired results. According to the People's Daily, the failure of garbage classification was due to three reasons: a lack of awareness from residents, misconduct from garbage workers and insufficient financial support.

According to a survey released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment research center, 63.7 percent of people surveyed believe that the reason why they fail to sort the garbage is due to the lack of classified waste bins in their residential communities. 59.6 percent of people blame their behavior on the failure of city garbage disposal services, which mix all garbage together, leading people to think that there's no point in sorting.

Other reasons include that the residents don't know how to sort; they have no sense of accomplishment; they think sorting is complicated, exhausting and few people around them do it.

First Penalty in Hangzhou for Garbage Classification

On May 30th, 2019, Hangzhou Jianggan District officially imposed penalties for the classification of personal waste.

On the morning of May 30, Mr. Zhang, who lives in Caihe Street in Jianggan District, signed his name on the “Administrative Punishment Decision”. Jianggan District City Management Office fined Mr. Zhang for 50RMB because the garbage was misplaced.

Mr. Zhang became the first person in Hangzhou who was not properly sorting garbage and was subject to administrative punishment.

Shanghai Will Be the First City to Enforce Garbage Classification

Yes, starting from July 1st, 2019, Garbage Classification will be officially implemented in Shanghai!

Shanghai is going to be the pioneer city for waste sorting and recycling, which makes it the first city in China to publish harsh regulations on garbage sorting and recycling. The government has put out a list of categories for sorting waste including recyclable, hazardous, wet and dry. It also specified the punishments for individuals and companies that break the rules.

Fines for individual mixed garbage will be up to 200RMB

Fines for companies, organizations, and complex mixing of garbage will be up to 50,000RMB

For individuals, authorities will fine a maximum of 200RMB (about 29 U.S. dollars) for mixing the garbage, while companies and organizations that are in charge of garbage sorting, transporting, processing and management will be fined a maximum 50,000RMB (about 72,357 U.S. dollars).

The regulation will come into effect on July 1 and was passed by the people's congress of Shanghai municipal city on January 31, 2018.

Garbage Classification

Basically divided into four categories: Hazardous Waste, Recyclable Waste, Household Food Waste, and Residual Waste. Check out the colours and Chinese below:

These four categories are the major ones. How do we distinguish them? We explain each category for you, let’s start with Recyclable Waste.

Recyclable Waste
可回收垃圾


Paper, plastic, scrap metal, glass bottles & containers, magazines, books & cardboard, clothes, fabric, toys, take-out or food delivery packaging

This is where your plastic bottles and containers go, unless they are dirty and can’t be cleaned, in which case, they go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Pour out the liquid before you throw your drink bottles or food containers away. Rinse them with water and squash them. You’re doing the sanitation workers a huge favor by reducing the size and weight, and giving them a bit of dignity.

Cosmetic brands such as Kiehl's, Origins, M.A.C, Shiseido, and Innisfree can take your returned containers and reward you with small samples and membership points.

Household Food Waste
湿垃圾


Food waste, expired food, shells & husk, dead plants, Chinese medicine

Anything type of food waste belongs in this category. The chicken bones from last night, the shells from your favourite spicy crayfish, shrimp, or crab, the plant you bought three months ago and is now dead, grape skin, fruit peels… but leftover milk or yogurt should be poured directly into your sink.

Most organic food waste belongs here, except things that are hard to break down, like big bones and coconut shells, which go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Remember to remove the plastic from anything you put in these bins.

Residual Waste
干垃圾


Anything else goes to Residual Waste.

Bottles or cans that are dirty and can’t be cleaned should go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Things like face mask packaging, nail polish bottles, cotton sticks, toothbrushes, towels, used tissues, tampons, diapers, cigarette butts, plant pots, plastic wrap, yogurt or milk bottles (you need to empty the bottle first). Clean food packaging goes to Recyclable, dirty and used packaging goes to Residual Waste.

Waimai containers are incredibly hard to recycle, even the paper-based ones. These containers are often lined with polyethylene and tainted with food residue so they are very unpopular among garbage collectors -- it’s not worth their effort to wash them or separate the liners. The same goes for disposable coffee cups. This is a problem.

So here are the four steps we suggest you do. First, separate the clean paper/plastics and dirty containers. Leftover food →Household Food Waste Bin (湿垃圾); dirty containers →Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin; Clean bags → Recyclable (可回收物) bin.

Hazardous Waste
有害垃圾


Used batteries (rechargeable batteries, button batteries, batteries), paint cans, waste lamp, paint buckets, pesticides (there are residues that need to be sealed in advance and then disposed of), expired or discarded drugs, and other hazardous materials.

In newer residential areas, they are usually right next to the other bins, in red or with a red label. If you don’t have one in your neighborhood, talk to your local neighborhood management about options for disposal. That’s kind of mafan but we all need to do the best we can.

If you are wondering how many garbage bags you should have at home to handle daily waste, we have an idea for you to try.

More Options for Recyclable Waste

For books, Duozhuayu (多抓鱼) is great for selling and buying second-hand books. Funded by Tencent, Duozhuayu has a system that verifies and estimates the value of your books, and they will collect the books from you free of charge.

For clothes, take them back to the store, or take them to H&M. Clothing shops Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara all provide recycling services for used clothes from their own shops; H&M even accepts clothes from other brands.

Social enterprise Feimayi (飞蚂蚁) is at the forefront of online textile recycling in China and provides a free collection service for more than five kg of clothes. Also funded by Tencent, like Duozhuayu, it’s accessible via desktop and WeChat mini-program. Find the QR code by scrolling down on their website. Basic Chinese is needed to navigate the app and fill out the form.

Aihuishou (爱回收) is China’s largest platform for recycling and selling second-hand electronics. They have offline stores in shopping malls throughout the city.

Xianyu (闲鱼) is Taobao’s second-hand marketplace. Although not desktop-friendly, you can sell almost anything there. The platform is super active due to its sheer size. There is an amazing, incredible, wonderfully efficient and hugely profitable Buy & Sell section here.

Green Initiatives offers transparent waste management for e-waste, paper, and textile waste. They also have recycling bins at URBN hotel, Element Fresh, and many other private and public collection points around Shanghai. For home pick up, Feibao, a social enterprise that works with Green Iniatitives offers recycling service through WeChat.

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