These days, more and more tourists from around the world are flocking to the China to experience its rich history. In fact, according to the latest survey from The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC,) China will see an 8.7 percent growth in tourism by 2023. Besides Beijing and Shanghai, the most popular destinations, what is the next must-see place in Asia for the global seasoned traveler?
Stephanie Oswald is an Emmy-winning travel writer who is also travel correspondent for the ABC affiliate in New Orleans, and the founding editor of Travelgirl Magazine.
Stephanie Oswald on location in Hangzhou
At the time of this interview (seen below in video format) I was on the phone with Stephanie Oswald while she is in China. The connection wasn’t the best and you can barely hear my side of the audio. If you want to hear my questions, turn up the volume. I tried everything possible to boost my audio, but it boosted Stephanie Oswald’s audio too. Better for you to hear the expert with her informative answers. You can figure out my questions! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the video interview!
Tea House on the river.
· Hangzhou, the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, is home to more than 8-million residents and located just 50 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train.
Making Porcelain object in So. China
The city is well-known throughout China for its beautiful natural scenery, including UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake, for its lush, mountainous vegetation.
China’s National Silk Museum
It is a romanticized city on the Silk Road which was visited by Marco Polo and is home to Hefang Street, an authentic shopping street that has been restored to its former Song Dynasty-era glory.
Hangzhou is home to Lingyin Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in all of China, and is a popular place for visitors and locals alike to make wishes.
The city boasts a dining scene which offers restaurants featuring beautiful views of West Lake and city, and delicious cuisine of local flavors.
· Hangzhou seamlessly blends traditional China with conveniences of modern living.
Here’s the video interview with Stephanie Oswald.
Hangzhou sounds like it would be an amazing place to visit.
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