Anji

That's China - - Editorial - By Mo­ham­mad Oo­mar Mowlah

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!

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