is said that West Lake is for tourists, but Wu Mountain is for local residents as it holds more native memories. Located at the top of the mountain, Chenghuang Pavilion, literally translated as “city god pavilion,” is now an embodiment of the city’s soul.
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With story-telling paintings, a perfect view and the Hangzhou Pavilion moved from the World Expo Shanghai site, the 41.6-meter-tall pavilion is home to the past, present and future aspirations of the city.
The seven-story building’s first three floors are open to tourists. The first two floors are filled with relief paintings recalling Hangzhou’s time as the ancient capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty (11271279).
The wooden relief paintings on the first floor introduce old Hangzhou customs such as the tea ceremony and the royal dragon boat race on the West Lake. Most impressive of all is the 31.5 by 3.65 meters “The Landscape of Hangzhou in the Southern Song Dynasty,” that depicts in detail the ancient city, including its architecture and lively scenes of people’s busy life.
The 11 relief paintings on the second floor are made from mud and oil, a craftsmanship dating back 800 years. The paintings tell historical stories about ancient emperors, officials, businessmen, artists and monks in Hangzhou.
On the third-floor terrace, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the West Lake as well as the whole city. A night view is also available as the pavilion opens until 10pm. It is the best place to enjoy the view of the lake with a sip of tea and a mountain breeze on a weekend afternoon.
The exhibits from the Hangzhou Pavilion at World Expo Shanghai 2010 have added a modern touch to the historical pavilion. There is also a World Expo-themed exhibition hall on the second floor of the Chenghuang Pavilion, featuring different Expo pavilions.
In April 2008, Hangzhou’s water control project, “To harness five waters, to create a quality Hangzhou,” was selected for display at the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo. The exhibition shows how the city harmoniously co- exists with its surrounding water systems such as the West Lake, Qiantang River and Grand Canal. Admission: 30 yuan Address: No. 3, Wu Mountain Opening hours: 7: 30am-10pm
Night view of Chenghuang Pavilion