Hangzhou, the captial of Zhejiang, is one of the old imperial Cities in China; the others are Xi’an, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Nanjing and Beijing.
Marco Polo called Hangzhou the most distinguished and beautiful city in the world. The widely--traveled Venetian was fascinated with the spleendor of the huge edifices, the wide paved streets and the magnificient grounds along the shores of the Xihu, West Lake.He admired the people’s friendiness, hospitality and peaceableness, their silken clothing and the women’s valuable jewelry. In those days, Hangzhou had an estimated population of 1.6 million, and the city was a flourishing trade center.
In fact, Hangzhou is still one of the most beautiful destinations of a trip through China; and, like marco Polo, the visitor will be pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the people of Hangzhou. It can be easily reached by train from Shanghai, but it is also possible to get there by plane from Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Hongkong.
Hangzhou lies in northern Zhejiang at the southern end of the Grand Ganal. The city is linked to Central China by an extensive network of canals. Population: 5.28 million.

West Lake

Fuchun River                                                                 Xin’an River

Thousand Islets Lake                                                                 Tianmu Mountain

Xixi Wetland