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Lots to do in Fengxian District

THE Haiwan Tourism Zone on Hangzhou Bay features a beautiful coastline with sandy beaches, charming villages, natural scenery and ancient folk culture. Here are a few of the interesting destinations:

Urban Vegetable Garden

Address: 1518 Xinghuo Rd, Haiwan TownAs the city's first organic fruit and vegetable-themed park, the garden features more than 200 types of fruits and vegetables, local and exotic, common and rare, some with very odd shapes.

Kite Flying Square

Address: On the beach Covering 200,000 square meters, the venue is one of the biggest kite-flying sites in southern China. Established in the 1990s, the square has been the site of more than 10 annual national and international kite competitions, attracting a steady flow of professionals and amateurs.

Museum of Peking Opera Costumes

Address: On the beach, in Longteng Pavilion One of China's famous Peking Opera artists, 81-year-old Bao Wanrong has collected, designed and made over 2,000 Peking Opera costumes, including robes, skirts, trousers, vestments, head ornaments and mantles. His museum is ranked as one of China's top 10 private museums.

East Sea Guanyin Temple

Address: 999 Jinhuitang RdBuilt in the late Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the temple was dedicated to Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, who was said to bless and protect locals. Though not large, the 700-year-old shrine facing the East China Sea is frequented by fishermen seeking protection.

Century Forest

Address: Beside the beachOne of the five forests in Shanghai, this 54-hectare wood contains camphor, pine and silk trees and more than 10 types of rare bamboo. Fruit trees include jujube, orange and persimmon.


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