Hangzhou General Information

Hangzhou,the capital of Zhejiang province with the sub-provincial administrative level, is the center of provincial politics, economy, culture, science and education. It covers an area of 16596km2 with a population of 6.60 million. The city tree is Camphor Tree and the city flower is Osmanthus.

Hangzhou was settled as early as 4,700 years ago, thus giving birth to the auroral Liangzhu Civilization. One of the seven ancient capitals and the key scenic tourism and historical culture cities in China, Hangzhou once was applauded as"the most splendid and luxurious city in the world" by Marco Polo, the Italian traveler in the 13th century. Hangzhou is known for its natural beauty of West Lake worldwide. "Above is paradise, below is Suzhou and Hangzhou" expresses people's indeed praise to Hangzhou.

West Lake Scenic Spots - Traditional Top Ten Views

The snow scene of the west lake is enjoyed very high praise by people, especially the view of "malting snow at broken bridge". The famous Chinese folk story ※The Tale of White Snake§ brings the broken bridge some romance.

Started in Southern Song, this beauty spot located at the food of Huajia Hill on the west bank of the WestLake initially. It used to be a private garden 每 villa which was belong to a palace eunuch named Lu Yunsheng.

Leifeng Pagoda, on the Evening Glow Hill situated on the south shore of the West Lake, was erected in celebration of the son his favorite concubine, Huang Fei, gave birth to. The 7 storied pagoda was a storied 每 pavilion 每type structure, built of brick and wood.

Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill, it is one of the ※Ten Views of West Lake§ with the longest history. In the Northern Song Dynasty, a distinguished artist, Zhang Zeduan, did a painting entitled ※Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill§.

Situated at the west end of the Bai Causeway, it affords the broadest view of the WestLake. Furthermore, it is a nice garden with delicate pavilions, zigzag little bridges, odd-shaped rockery and a rich variety of plants.

Twin peaks are the NorthernPeak and Southern Peak. One locates southwest to the WestLake and the other locates northwest west.

The park is a part of the Southern Song Dynasty*s RoyalGarden before. After liberation, the park covers a total area of 300 areas by renovation and enlarging. It is a wonderful leisure place with the green willow leaves and orioles warbling.

The islet is one of the three islands in WestLake, it is named as ※Lesser Yingzhou§ which means the ※Fairy Islet§. Among the three islet in the lake, the Lesser Yingzhou is the biggest and finest one. And it is recommended as ※The best scenic spot in WestLake§.

Su Causeway is as long as three kilometers. It was built of the dredges of West Lake when Su Dongpo, Northern Song Dynasty poet, organized a large 每 scale dredging of the lake during his term as the city*s governor. Therefore, it was named as ※Su Causeway§.

Breeze 每 ruffled Lotus at QuyuanGarden which features in lotus ranks the 2nd of Top Ten View just after Spring Dawn at Su Causeway.

More information about West Lake Scenic Spots and Hangzhou

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