'Bathhouse' in Spirited Away still reserved in Hangzhou
en.hangzhou.com.cn   2023-02-08 18:08   Source: hangzhou.com.cn

A building in the West Lake Scenic Area (Hangzhou, Zhejiang) has gone viral and attracted a great number of visitors in recent years due to its resemblance to the bathhouse in Spirited Away, a movie directed by Famous Japanese Animation Director Miyazaki Hayao.  

The “bathhouse” turned out to be an illegal structure and was announced to be confiscated and disposed by the relevant authority in November, 2022, which aroused extensive public concern. 

The building is situated in the West Lake Longjing Tea Plantation. After asking for opinions of local residents around the tea plantation, based on the reception capacity of the surrounding regions, considering tourists’ demands, Xihu Sub-district decided to work out the detailed plan to preserve the building while optimizing surrounding environment and establishing rules for visiting the place.  

Author: Text by Ye Lijiao  Editor: 叶丽姣