Hangzhou was once hailed as “the most splendid and luxurious city in the world” by Marco Polo, and it does indeed live up to its name. As one of the seven ancient capitals, it is well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, as well as its historical relics. Hangzhou is situated 113 miles southwest of Shanghai on the Yangtze River Delta. It has been ranks as one of the ten most scenic cities in China and its most celebrated sight is the West Lake. The idyllic lake, filled with pagodas, dense greenery, and rolling hills, looks like a snapshot of Hangzhou’s past.
More than just good looks, Hangzhou’s got the brains as well. Its economy has rapidly developed since it opened its doors in 1992, and today is an industrial city with many diverse sectors such as agriculture and textile. It is also considered an important logistics hub and manufacturing base for coastal China.