Hangzhou in brief
Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, lies at latitude 120 east and longitude 30 north, covers an area of 430 square kilometres, inhabited by 1.3 million people, boasting a long history. State Wu, State Yue and Southern Song Dynasty once built their capitals here, making it one of the six ancient capital cities in China. It serves as the southern end of the Grand Canal as well.
Lingyin Temple (Lingyin Si) has long been considered one of the most important Buddhist temples in China. Established in 326 AD, today it is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in the country, and its location on scenic Feilai Feng ("The Peak That Flew Hither") makes it one of Hangzhou's most significant and popular attractions. The entire Feilai Feng area is
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport lies 15 km from Hangzhou's center, operating 44 domestic routes and 13 international routes, including several daily flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Arrivals can travel by taxi (around 60 RMB) or shuttle bus (20 RMB) to the city.
Both Hangzhou New Railway Station and the East Railway Station land passengers
West Lake Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce
It is prepared with a West Lake grass carp, weighing about 0.5kg and starved for two days, as its main ingredient. Boiled for three minutes and then sugar and vinegar sauce is poured over it.The fish tastes delicious with a taste similar to crab.
Shelled Shrimp with Dragon Well Tea
This dish is prepared with the shelled fresh water
Hangzhou is justly famous for tea and silk, but it's also a great place for freshwater pearls, local crafts, fans, antiques and souvenirs. The night market is a good bet for bargains, as are the Hangzhou Tower Shopping Center in Wulin Square and the stalls of the Sijiqing Clothing Market. Don't forget to haggle.
Tea production dates back two thousand years in China a
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