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Visitor's Guide to Hangzhou

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Introduction to Hangzhou
Visitor's Guide to Hangzhou

The view from the top of Leifeng Pagoda with the West Lake and hills surrounding spreading below.

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Welcome to Hangzhou! Hangzhou is a beautiful city located in Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. It has enjoyed a mostly prosperous history and is famous for its West Lake and low mountain scenery. The Chinese have a saying: Shang you tiantang, xia you Suhang. Roughly translated this means above there is heaven, on earth there is Suzhou and Hangzhou. What this means is that ancient Chinese considered Suzhou (famous for its gardens) and Hangzhou to be two of the most beautiful places in China.

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The following pages detail some good things to add to your comprehensive sight-seeing list while in Hangzhou. I touch on where to eat, what to see, excursions out of the city as well as some evening entertainment. It is by no means an exhaustive list; nor is it a list to complete within a day or two. Pick and choose and create your own itinerary based on my suggestions.

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