Hangzhou City

       Hangzhou, situated along the southeastern coast of China (中國: Middle Kingdom, meaning: Center of the universe) on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, has a rich culture and colorful history. It is the capital city of Zhejiang Province and the Southern Yangtze Delta’s political and cultural center and economic hub.


The Cultural Square of West Lake   Canal Gongchen Bridge
西湖文化广场   运河拱宸桥

    Hangzhou is one of the cradles for Chinese civilization. The city was founded 2200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty and is one of the seven ancient capitals of China. It features the Grand Canal and temples that survive the Southern Song Dynasty in which philosophers of the time and Southeast Buddhism flourished.


  The West Lake     The Xixi Wetland
  西湖     西溪湿地

    Through thousands of years and dynasty after dynasty, from the Five Generations until the early 1910s,Zhongshan Road, the Royal Avenue of the Southern Song Dynasty was known as the axis of Paradise on the Earth. Now there remain many contemporary commercial buildings and classic western buildings. Zhongshan Road is one of the best protected historical roads in the city and is an essential region of traditional folk customs. It is truly an architectural history museum. Along the road, from south to north, the cultures of the Southern Song Dynasty, Ming and Qing Dynasties, and Contemporary and Modern Times present themselves, to form a clear succession of the histories and cultures and exhibit the past, present and future of the city. Walking along the road, you are travelling through a thousand years of time. Before you, the historical pieces of the city’s past are linked one by one, to form a picture of evolution of the living quality. The historical remnants and the life in the street and lanes will delight you.


  The SongCheng of Hangzhou

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