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Kids will be just as enchanted with Hangzhou as adults routinely are when they visit. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best things to do and see with them:
1. Play at Hangzhou Paradise Park. The amusement park has it all — roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, boat trips, beach volleyball, restaurants, shops and a huge water park.
2. Cruise West Lake. This beautiful body of water draws tourists to Hangzhou from across China. Its shores are dotted with intricate pavilions and temples. Hire a driver to take you out on a sampan (Hangzhou’s equivalent of a gondola) and cruise the picturesque lake.
3. Pick your own tea. Put your kids to work picking longjing (green) tea, which Hangzhou is famous for producing. You’ll also be able to tour a tea plantation and learn how tea gets harvested.
4. See a show. Zhang Yimou’s “Impression West Lake” is a dazzling performance that takes place on West Lake, thanks to a stage built just below the surface. Even if you’ve never heard of Yimou before, you’ve likely seen his work — he is best known for doing the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics.
5. Take a tour of Xixi National Wetland Park. This natural wetland is comprised of three causeways you can travel down via dragon boat. Check out the lotus flower reserve area, a fishing village, villas and an exhibit on dragon boats.