Hangzhou is one of the important tourism cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the province as well. It is one of the 15 vice-provincial level cities in China.
Hangzhou is located on the low reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, with a distance of 180 kilometers to Shanghai.
It is one of the key cities in the Yangzi Delta area.
Hangzhou is of subtropical monsoon climate, with distinctive four seasons and mild atmosphere and favorable geographical positions and natural conditions. Hangzhou has 6 districts, 2 counties and 5 county-level municipalities under its jurisdiction. Hangzhou covers a total area of 16596 square kilometers, with a population of 6.08 million, including 683 square kilometers of city proper area and city population of 1.69 million people.
Hangzhou is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. The human being had lived and prospered in this land 4700 years ago, which is called “Liangzhu Culture”. Hangzhou had once been the capitals of Wu and Yue kingdoms of Five Dynasties during the 10th Century and the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty during the 12-13th Century. It is one of the seven ancient Chinese capitals, famous for its historical and cultural heritage. The city has a history of more than 2200 years since it was established as a county by the First Emperor Qing.
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West Lake is a famous freshwater lake located in the historic area of Hangzhou. The lake is like a shining pearl inlaid on the vast land of China, reputed for its beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products. Legend has it that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth, though pragmatists insist that it is a mere lagoon on Hangzhou’s western fringe. The West Lake was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Ten of the most beautiful sites include: Spring Dawn at Sudi Causeway ; Melting Snow at Broken Bridge ; Sunset Glow over Leifeng Hill ; Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard ; Autumn Moon on Calm Lake; Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willows ; Viewing Fish and Lotus Ponds at Flower Harbor ; Evening Bell at Nanping Hill ; Three Pools Mirroring the Moon ; Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds
Lingyin Temple is one of the most significant and beautiful Buddhist monasteries in China. “Ling-yin” means “Soul’s Retreat” in Chinese, Therefore, the temple’s name is commonly literally translated as Temple of the Soul’s Retreat. The temple features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings. It is attracting vast visitors both at home and abroad to learn Buddhism, look around, pray for blessings, and relax there with its rich Buddhist culture, magnificent hall buildings, and beautiful natural scenes.
||Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea plantation
Longjing Tea Plantation mainly refers to eight traditional tea gardens inside the West Lake Scenic Area, covering almost 240 square hectometres. Just like the West Lake, the Longjing Tea is a refined perfection made by man, nature and culture In the Longjing Tea Plantation, tea plants distribute among everywhere. Some form beautiful tea terrace and some are well-spaced on the flat ground at the sides of streams. With a superior natural environment, suitable climate and appropriate soil, Longjing Tea Plantation produce fresh and organic tea leaves. Together with traditional processing technology, here comes China’s best green tea!
Xixi National Wetland is the first and only national wetland park in China, located on the west part of Hangzhou, a total of 10.64 square kilometers (26,300 acres). The park is densely crisscrossed with six main watercourses, among which scatter various ponds, lakes and swamps. XiXi Wetland has a history of more than 1,800 years and an abundant cultural heritage. It’s the original site of Chinese South Opera; it has a traditional Dragon Boat contest; it contains the vivid life of a water village, featuring silkworm feeding and silk production.
Staged entirely upon the lake itself, Impression West Lake, directed by Zhang Yimou, is a grand open-air show of light, music, dance and theatrics. Impression West Lake deploys the lake and its surroundings as props to create a life-like charming background. Through the vividly performed folklores and myths of Hangzhou, Impression West Lake highly exhibits the deep-rooted culture and natural beauty of Hangzhou. Thanks to the magic colours resulted from the clear climate change in Hangzhou in four seasons, you get a different, wonderful feeling each time you watch it.
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Events in Hangzhou
Qiantang River tidal bore/ Xixi Dragon Boat Festival/ Xihu Expo
Things to do in Hangzhou
Song City/ Former Residence of Xueyan Hu/ Manjue Long Scenic Resort/ Hefang Street/ Qiantang River/Qiandao Lake
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