About Hangzhou


Hangzhou formerly romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang Province in East China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium. Hangzhou is also considered a World City with a “Beta+” classification according to GaWC.

Hangzhou is known for its historic relics and natural environment. 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The West Lake Cultural Landscape covers an area of 3,323 ha (8,210 acres) and includes some of Hangzhou’s most notable historic and scenic places. Adjacent to the lake is an area which includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural environment of the lake and hills, including Phoenix Mountain. There are two causeways across the lake.



Hangzhou is a culinary paradise with a large number of delicious dishes, and behind these dishes, there is always a beautiful story linked with a historic figure in Hangzhou. As a branch of Zhejiang Cuisine, one of the Eight Great Cuisines of China, Hang Bang Cai or Hangzhou Cuisine is characterized by freshness and sweetness. Most of the ingredients to prepare Hangzhou Cuisine are related with West Lake, like lotus root, and West Lake water shield etc.

Scenic Area

Bordering hills on three sides and neighboring downtown Hangzhou on one side, centerpiece of not only some Scenic Area, but also Hangzhou.

Colorful Suburbs and Satellite Cities

While the name ‘Hangzhou’ is more often used to refer to the urban agglomeration of the metropolitan area that is composed of six core districts, a broader sense of ‘Hangzhou’refers to two districts (Xiaoshan and Yuhang) and five counties/sub-cities (Fuyang, Lin’an, Jiande, Tonglu, Chun’an)

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