There is a Chinese saying that goes “Heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below.” This phrase has a similar meaning to the English
phrases “heaven on earth” or “God’s country”. This popular expression really reflects how Chinese people think about Hangzhou.
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang, China’s richest province, and is located in southeast China, just a short train journey from Shanghai.
As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China, for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its
historic relics and beautiful natural scenery. The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its beauty.
Around the lake is a scenic area covering more than 50 square kilometers. This area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites and
the natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding hills. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected
to give visitors outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments. A number of national museums provide a fascinating insight
into the history of Chinese traditional products, like silk and tea.
Now, Hangzhou is famous for innovative business. Alibaba, the biggest online business company in China, was originally
founded in Hangzhou and sets up its headquarters there. On its 2016 Shopping Carnival day (November 11th) Chinese customers
spent $18.6 billion in just 24 hours!
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