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Top 6 things everyone who visits Shaoxing has to try

By Zhiyu Wang

December 9

Shaoxing is famous for its wine, opera, culture and scenery.

Shaoxing is famous for its wine, opera, culture and scenery.

Shaoxing in Zhejiang has been home to many famous cultural figures during its 2000-year history. The most notable are Xishi, one of the most beautiful women in Chinese history, and Lu Xun, considered by many to be the father of modern Chinese literature. If you have a chance to visit, here are six things we recommend.

6. Visit Lu Xun’s Residence

The antehall of Lu Xun's residence [Image Credit: VCG]
The antehall of Lu Xun’s residence [Image Credit: VCG]
Lu Xun’s residence is near the centre of the city. There are many sites related to in Lu Xun’s novels including Baicao Garden (百草园 )and Sanwei School (三味书屋).The residence has been rebuilt and enlarged from its original memorial hall many times. It’s even better to visit the place after reading Lu Xun’s works. His residence should help you better understand some of the best loved writings in Chinese literature.

Entry: free

Opening hours: 8:20 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5. Try Huangjiu and local food in Xianheng Restaurant

Xianheng Restaurant [Image Credit: VCG]
Xianheng Restaurant [Image Credit: VCG]
Shaoxing is famous for its Huangjiu, a kind of rice wine, and Xianheng, a restaurant founded in 1894 and mentioned in the works of Lu Xun. It is an ideal place to try this traditional Chinese wine, and also wine-steeped shrimp, which uses Huangjiu as an ingredient.

4. Visit the Tomb of Yu the Great

Mount Xianglu, a site in Tomb of Yu the Great [Image Credit: VCG]
Mount Xianglu, a site in Tomb of Yu the Great [Image Credit: VCG]
Yu the Great is the legendary founder of the Xia Dynasty who saved people against floods in ancient times. He was highly respected by later emperors and his tomb was rebuilt many times. The existing buildings are mostly the work of Qing Dynasty builders. Mount Xianglu (香炉峰) overlooks the site.

Entry: 50 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3.Visit Lu Village Theme Park

Lu Village Theme Park [Image Credit: VCG]
Lu Village Theme Park [Image Credit: VCG]
Lu Village, a peaceful land in Lu Xun’s novel, does not actually exist. Based on the imaginary town, the theme park was built and dotted with late Qing architecture. You can see many characters, played by actors, from Lu Xun’s novels on the street, such as Kong Yiji,Sister Xianglin and Lord Lusi.

Entry: 115 yuan/person (including Jian Lake)

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2. Visit Lan Pavilion

Lan Pavilion [Image Credit: VCG]
Lan Pavilion [Image Credit: VCG]
Lan Pavilion was the garden estate of the great East Jin calligrapher Wang Xizhi. He spent time there in the company of scholarly friends drinking wine, practicing calligraphy, and composing poems. It is surrounded by mountains, trees, and bamboo forests.

Entry: 40 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1. Visit Jian Lake

Jian Lake, Shaoxing. [Image Credit: VCG]
Jian Lake [Image Credit: VCG]
Jian Lake is the most important lake in the area and Huangjiu wine is made from its water. Ancient bridges, pavilions and numerous historic sites make this lake rich in cultural significance. You can also enjoy the Shaoxing Opera  at the stage beside the lake.

Entry:115 yuan/person (together with Lu Village Theme Park)

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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