Chinese City Fact: Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of the Seven Ancient capitals of China and has a history dating back as far as 4700 years ago when people first settled there. Hangzhou is one of the most widely visited tourist destinations in China and will become more so now a 202 km high-speed rail link has been completed linking it to Shanghai shortening journey times to around 45 minutes.

Perhaps it’s most famous for the West Lake “a paradise on water or water in paradise” which has long been known for it’s picturesque scenery in addition to being associated with many scholars, heroes and revolutionaries. Many ancient buildings exist around it’s shores and the lake is widely regarded as one of the most revered national treasures of China.

2006-02-08-Hangzhou-0025photo © 2006 webmasternic7918 | more info (via: Wylio)

It is highly recommended as a place to visit as part of any trip to Shanghai as outlined in this Telegraph article: http://bit.ly/enNCOR

2006-02-07-Hangzhou-BateauLacOuest-0005photo © 2006 webmasternic7918 | more info (via: Wylio)

For more information on Hangzhou please visit: http://www.chinatoday.com/city/hangzhou.htm or http://eng.hangzhou.gov.cn/

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