So much bamboo that your senses become bamboozled. This was my first impression of the lush county of Anji. The locals here snack on bamboo shoots and build intricate structures with the extra-strong poles, but here is actually so much more to this place than just bamboo. Right off the bat, the fresh air is a welcome change for Hangzhou residents who are accustomed to the near-ubiquitous smog. The sky is a clear blue colour and the clouds lie low, brushing against the mountain tops. The way the environment is preserved in this area is reflected by the importance the local government attaches to ecology. Everything feels natural and quiet. Even the treasured White Tea has a mild taste as opposed to its stronger counterparts from the province. Handicrafts are also an important part of Anji’s cultural life. Everything, from baskets to murals, fans to calligraphy, is made by hand. At Xianlong lake, the tea and the bamboo has painted the place blue, white and green, and Hello Kitty has added a tinge of pink on top, thanks to the massive Kitty-themed park. Anji has colours for every taste. You will love it!