Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, attracts more than 20 million tourists from home and abroad every year. At the southernmost tip of the Grand Canal some 180 kilometers away from Shanghai, the city functions as the capital of Zhejiang Province and one of the Chinese municipalities at a deputy provincial level. With geographical importance that makes it a hub connecting all routes in southeast China, Hangzhou also ranks among the core cities of the Yangtze Delta, the largest economic rim in the country.
It was described by Marco Polo as “the finest and most splendid city in the world”, and listed in the “Top 52 places to go in 2016” by The New York Times. It is where the G20 Summit was hold in 2016.
Points of Interest
Whenever talking about this city, the famous West Lake can never be far from one’s thoughts. Held on three sides in the embrace of hilly peaks, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favorite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features. The largest part of West Lake is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake.
The local dishes are noted for the elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Many local specialties will be sure to make your visit an exciting experience.
-Xiaolongbao (Chinese juicy steamed bun)
-Beggar’s Chicken (a chicken baked in clay)
-West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source
-Dongpo Pork (braised pork)
-Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea