Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, is located at the south end of Jianghang Grand Canal, along the lower reaches of the Qiantangjiang River, in the north of Zhejiang Province, and at the coastal area of East China. With its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is one of China's most important tourist venues.
Hangzhou is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter making it a year round destination. In terms of beauty, Hangzhou is picturesque all year round. In spring and summer, the trees turn green and the air is sweet. In winter, the snow falls on the lake creating a picture- postcard atmosphere about the city and in autumn, the temperature is pleasant and balmy and the sky a delightful color of amber.
Hangzhou is a famous cultural and historical city, and an international tourist destination famed for its scenery. It is reputed as "if there is a paradise in the sky, Suzhou and Hangzhou are those on earth" because of its exquisite mountains and waters. The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. It is has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments.
Hangzhou is not only has many beautiful natural tourism sites, but also has many national museums that are representative of Chinese culture. Fine examples are the National Silk Museum and Tea Museum. Along with the other museums in Hangzhou, they provide a fascinating insight into the history of Chinese traditional products.
Hangzhou is not only famous for its beautiful scenery, but also for its delicious food. In Hangzhou, you can enjoy the local delicacies which are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Many local specialties will be sure to make your trip a cultural experience. We recommend that you try Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, etc.
The daytime of Hangzhou is pleasant and comfortable, so is the night. There are many choices for you to spend your night time, teahouses and various kinds of pubs; they are both plentiful and popular. Choosing one overlooking the West Lake for a pleasant chat over a cup of tea is sure to make you feel totally relaxed and refreshed.