Attraction China, Zhejiang, Hangzhou, Shangcheng, Siyi Rd, 吴山3号吴山之巅 Published on: 20-08-2016
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Why Cheng Huang Pavilion (City God) is special ?
Chenghuang Pavilion (City God), located on the top of the Wu Hill in Hangzhou, is an optimum spot for people to get a bird eye view of Hangzhou. It is an important part of the West Lake Resort and a showplace for the splendid history, culture and folk customs of Hangzhou.
Whenever you come into the city at night from the East, the first thing you can see off in the distance is this place: It's the most noticeable building in the Hangzhou skyline. At 41.7 meters, this seven story structure stands even higher than Baochu and Leifeng pagodas. Granted, it doesn't have the same historical significance – there are no mythical tales surrounding the tower. There's not even an explanation about this 'City God' that the place was built for.
What to explore at Cheng Huang Pavilion (City God)?
At Chenghuang Pavilion, you will get a fabulous panoramic view of the lake, the Qiantang River, the rolling hills and the sprawl of the city, well that is if you go on one of the purported 299 days with 'excellent' and 'good' air quality. Supposedly summer is the clearest time of the year, so take advantage and climb up to for some pics of the cityscape. On your way down, check out the two-story tall granite relief of a temple fair in Song Dynasty Hangzhou (or Lin'an as it was known in those days). On the ground floor is a really cool 31 meter long model depicting daily life during the heyday of the capital. There are over 1,000 buildings and 3,000 figures in this baby, and it took over 10,000 days to complete.
How to get to Cheng Huang Pavilion (City God)?
Busses: 8, 35, 38, 40, 814, 818, K807
China, Zhejiang, Hangzhou, Shangcheng, Siyi Rd, 吴山3号吴山之巅
Tips for you
Visit the Hangzhou Museum at the foot of the hill which you can exit from the middle of the hill. This will save the time needed to climb the hill. The City God Statue in the temple was the biggest I have ever seen. They provide free guided tour and the guide was friendly. With the lift at the Pagoda, you only need to climb one more floor to the top of the pagoda. You can have a nice view of the West Lake. Preferably to be there in the evening to view the sunset. The miniature sculpture that show the city life during the Song Dynasty was interesting.