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Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is a world-famous tourist destination, a city with long history and profound culture, and also one of seven ancient capitals in China. Hangzhou has a long history, and extensive cultural heritages. As early as in New Stone Age, 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, its first inhabitants created the splendid Liangzhu Culture, reputely called the twilight of civilization. Hangzhou was call Qiantang in ancient times. Over 2,200 years has passed since it was designated as the seat of Qiantang county in Qin Dynasty. In 1129, Hangzhou was renamed Lin'an. In 1138, Southern Song Dynasty made Lin'an its capital, and since then it served as the capital in the following 140 years.

Hangzhou in an important city in Chinese coastal areas which are developed and wealthy in the county. Machinery, electronics, chemical engineering, light industry and textiles are the backbone of Hangzhou industry. Hangzhou is also a famous tourist city in China. With its beautiful scenery, it shares with Suzhou the reputation of "paradise of the world".

West Lake
West Lake is the most famous tourist spot in Hangzhou. Surrounded by graceful mountains on three sides, it has charming scenery and many cultural relics and historic sites.

There are three stone pagodas in the middle of the lake. The main body of the pagodas is in the shape of a ball and hollow inside. At night, candles are lit in the pagodas, and their reflections on the lake look like many small moons, hence the name of "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon".

Six-Harmony pagoda
Built in 970 AD, Six-Harmony Pagoda, 59.89 m tall, stands by Qiantang River. Viewed from outside, it has 13 floors, however, inside the pagoda, it only has seven floors.

Bore of Qiantang River
Bore of Qiantang River is the most powerful river bore in the world. It occurs in Haiyan county to the northeast of Hangzhou City. Every year from August 15 to 18 in the Lunar Calendar, the spectacular high tidal waves rush to the narrow estuary where Qiantang River flows into the sea.

Do you know?

Temple of General Yue Fei is dedicated to Yue Fei, a national hero of Southern Song Dynasty. He led Song troops and defeated enemies many times, until he was betrayed by a treacherous official name Qin Hui. People of a later generation built the temple to commemorate Yue Fei. The four iron statues kneeling before the tomb of General Yue Fei stand for Qin Hui and other three treacherous officials.

Hangzhou has mild climate and clear distinction between four seasons. It is rich in products. The locally produced silk is especially treasured by visitors both at home and abroad.
 
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