Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and the local
political, economic and cultural center. As the southern
terminus of the Grand Canal, the city is located on the lower
reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, a superior
position in the Yangtze Delta and only 112 mi (180 km) from
The subtropical monsoon climate contributes to varied seasonal sceneries, making Hangzhou one of China's most popular travel destinations all the year round.
The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned landmark, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" selected from the most frequently visited attractions around the lake give travelers a panoramic view of the city’s highlights. Take a stroll along the causeway by the lake; you’ll feel the peaceful ethos of the city and better understand its time-honored fame as 'Heaven on Earth'.