Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its
political, economic and cultural center. With its famous
natural beauty and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is one of
China's most important tourist venues.
The City, the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, is
located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast
China, a superior position in the Yangtze Delta and only 180
kilometers from Shanghai. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon
type climate with four quite distinct seasons. However, it is
neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter making it a
year round destination.
The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of
Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with
many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area,
Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six
Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most
frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects"
have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding
views of the lake, mountains and monuments.