About Hangzhou

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is one of the most distinguished and beautiful cities in China. Marco Polo once declared it to be the most beautiful and elegant city in the world. Hangzhou was the capital of the Wu and Yue States in the 10th Century during the Five Dynasties Period, and had its political heyday in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), when it served as the capital of China. Hangzhou is famous for its outstanding natural beauty and historical and cultural sites. Besides, Hangzhou is also a city of innovation. Many companies, including Alibaba, and start-ups are located in the innovation parks and incubator centers of Hangzhou. Recently, the G20 summit was hosted successfully in Hangzhou. 

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West Lake, laid on the west edge of Hangzhou, is the symbol of Hangzhou. It looks like a sparkling pearl imbedded in between a blue smudge of mountains and a metropolitan city, with the zigzagging Qiantang River floating by like a silver ribbon. 

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It has been named as a World heritage site, which clearly reflects Chinese philosophy and aesthetics and inspires park designing art profoundly in China and abroad. The West Lake landscape was initially developed in the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty. Now, after 12 centuries, it has finally become a treasure for the whole world.

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Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the 3,322-hectare landscape is a national cultural icon enriched with beautiful scenarios and dramatic legends. After centuries of human efforts in shaping it, the area is appreciated as a marvelous combination of natural and artificial beauty. Covered with luxuriant vegetation, the area is composed of a water surface of 5.66 square kilometers, and five territorial zones divided by causeways, dotted with numerous halls, towers, terraces, pavilions, pagodas, grottoes and temples. 

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Just as there is paradise in heaven, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth.