One of China’s most important tourist cities, Hangzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, is renowned for its natural beauty and classical Chinese scenery.

While most visitors to Hangzhou are, understandably, drawn to the city’s famous and undeniably beautiful West Lake, the sheer number of tourists in the area can sometimes be overwhelming. Those seeking a respite from the crowds and space to enjoy Hangzhou’s verdant beauty needn’t go far, however. The rolling hills that occupy the area to the west of West Lake are home to the city’s other major claim to fame – longjing green tea plantations – and amongst them, secluded hiking trails, hidden caves and quiet family-run tea shops. It’s the perfect antidote to Hangzhou’s more hectic scenic spots.

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