Things to do
Discover a region of contrasts, with modern architecture, centuries of history and breath-taking natural landscapes – such as East Lake. As you scale the hills and seek out grottoes, watch the changing colours of the cliffside as the light alters. If you’ve got the energy, climb the 1700 steps to the top of Kuaiji Mountain to be rewarded with panoramic views. But a trip to Shaoxing wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Orchid Pavilion – you’ll be treated to a magnificent landscape, fascinating history and even a calligraphy museum.
Expect to step back in time at The Mausoleum of Yu the Great with its memorial temple dedicated to a legendary Chinese king. Another highlight is a performance of Yue Opera, the region’s local musical dialect. Prepare to be blown away by the mesmerising voices of the performers. And as you stroll the streets, keep an eye out for the former residences of the rich and famous – including the renowned Lu Xun and Qiu Jin.
Shaoxing is known for its rice wine. But that’s not all this city serves up. For something a little different, try fried bean curd. Once you’re over the unique scent, the wonderful flavour takes over. And if you’re a tofu fan, the region’s known for its sticky and deep-fried, fermented varieties. When you’ve finished tasting local delicacies, wander along the canal as the sun sets over the city.