Hangzhou is a sub-provincial city in the People’s Republic of China and the capital of Zhejiang province. Located 180 km southwest of Shanghai, the population in the city proper is now around 1.75 million.
Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It has been ranked as one of the ten most scenic cities in China. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, tourism remains an important factor for Hangzhou’s economy.
- One of Hangzhou’s most popular sights is West Lake. The lake covers an area of 6 square kilometres and includes some of Hangzhou’s most famous historic and scenic places. The area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills.
- The oldest Buddhist temple in the city is believed to be Lingyin Si (“Soul’s Retreat”), which, like most of the other landmarks in this city, has gone through numerous destruction and reconstruction cycles.
- Jingci Temple
- Liuhe Pagoda
- Baochu Pagoda
- Yue-Wang Miao ( “King Yue’s Temple”)or Yue Fue Mu is near the West Lake and was originally constructed in 1221 in memory of General Yue Fei, who lost his life due to political persecution.
- Xixi National Wetland Park
- Hangzhou Botanical Gardens
- Dreaming of the Tiger Spring
- Hangzhou Zoo
- Leifeng Pagoda
- Jade Springs (Yu Quan)
- Qiantang Tidal Bore (Sliver Dragon)