Located on the edge of one of China’s biggest lakes, Huzhou is a city that thrives on its past but continues to move forward into a prosperous future.
The city is known for its production of silk and historical preservation. Some sites date back 2,300 years when the city was first inhabited. Many historians also say that Huzhou is also the birthplace of Chinese tea culture, which visitors can experience at any number of teahouses in the area.
Cities like Hangzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing are all within close distance for a day trip.
Modernization has allowed conveniences like western-style apartments and fast-food restaurants, but the city’s love of history and culture has preserved the Chinese feel of the city.
- Population: 2.6 million
- Public Transportation: 1 high-speed railway station, 1 international airport in nearby Hangzhou (1 hour away), dozens of bus routes, taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Humid continental, with four distinct seasons
- EF Huzhou Flagship opened in 2012
What Makes Huzhou Unique?
- In addition to silk, Huzhou is famous for its traditional ink brushes. Buy one while enjoying your days off from teaching English
- Moganshan, a popular summer retreat, is close by. There, visitors can go hiking, swimming and enjoy the natural scenery of Zhejiang province
- Popular foods include freshwater fish and Zhouji dumplings, which are known for a unique blend of spices within the filling
- Feiying Ta Pagoda and Temple of the Iron Buddha are two attractions in Huzhou that exemplify the city’s desire to preserve history and greatness