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To almost all the Chinese people, Hangzhou is considered the most picturesque and poetical city of the whole country, just as the local saying, “Up above there is heaven; down below there are Suzhou and Hangzhou”. From our perspective, it is a city you should slow down your pace and enjoy its beauty from the small places.

The highlight tour normally includes a boat trip on the west lake, Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, Liuhe Pagoda, Meijiawu Longjing Village, and Hefang Street. For deep travel, we recommend our client stay at least 2 nights in Hangzhou, thus you have time to see the hidden gems of the city, like a trekking tour from Yunqi Bamboo Trail to Longjing Village, visiting Mantoushan Community to see the daily life of the locals, joining the morning lesson of the monks in Faxi Temple, visiting the beautiful water towns such as Wuzhen, Xitang, and Nanxun.

For luxury travelers, there are many luxury international and local hotels in Hangzhou, Amanfayun, Four Seasons at West Lake, Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott, Relais & Chateaux Chaptel Hangzhou, and Relais & Chateaux Seven Villas Hangzhou, etc.
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Basic Information

Hangzhou, also romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. The city grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of China’s most renowned and prosperous cities for much of the last millennium. Its West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site immediately west of the city, is among its best-known attractions.

A study conducted by PwC and China Development Research Foundation ranked Hangzhou first among “Chinese Cities of Opportunity”. According to GaWC, it is a World City with a “Beta” classification, together with Chongqing, Nanjing, and Tianjin in China. According to the Global Financial Centers Index, it is also one of the world’s top 100 financial centers.

Hangzhou is classified as a sub-provincial city and forms the core of the Hangzhou metropolitan area, the fourth-largest in China. During the 2010 Chinese census, the metropolitan area held 21.102 million people over an area of 34,585 km2 (13,353 sq mi). Hangzhou Prefecture had a registered population of 10,360,000 in 2019.

The city has been repeatedly rated as the best commercial city in mainland China by Forbes. Home to the headquarters of world Internet industry leaders such as the Alibaba Group, Hangzhou is known for attracting professionals and entrepreneurs who work in information technology. Since 2014, its rapid population growth has led to a steady increase in local housing prices. According to the 2020 Hurun Global Rich List, Hangzhou ranks 11th in the world and 6th in China (after Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou) in the number of resident billionaires.

Source: Wikipedia