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Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang, one of the smallest and richest China province located on the east coast of the country. Here is the final part of the Grand Canal (Da Yunhe) which was once the waterway which permitted the agriculture products transport towards the northern regions. The city, located just 180 kms far from Shanghai, is known for the West Lake, the tea cultivation and the silk production. The pleasing landscape surrounding the lake makes it an appreciated tourist place: the romantic atmosphere has inspired many artists that represented the scenery in their painting. In China there are hundreds of lake named West Lake but this is for sure the most famous one. Hangzhou was visited by Marco Polo in the XIII century who appreciated its natural beauties: a statue dedicated to the Venetian merchant is located close to the lake. The West Lake (Xi Hu) is the main attraction in Hangzhou: in the past it was just a lagoon but in the VIII century the city governor realized a basin 3 kms wide and 3 kms long. The Solitary Hill, also named Gu Shan or Plum Blossom Island from the flourishing plants on the hill, is the biggest island: here there are cultural relics of the imperial palaces of the Song and Qing dynasties, a museum and a library. Taking a walk around the island it is possible to appreciate the best scenic spots of the lake and to admire the nelumbo nucifera blossoms. Here there are images of the lake and of the city center with modern buildings, streets full of trendy shop, restaurants and pubs.



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downtown Hangzhou building

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downtown Hangzhou forefront building

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downtown Hangzhou night

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downtown Hangzhou night skyscraper


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downtown Hangzhou night skyscraper tower

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downtown Hangzhou skyscraper

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downtown Hangzhou tall building

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downtown Hangzhou tower


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West lake boat trip

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West lake boat trip pier

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West lake bridge

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West lake house doors garden


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West lake house pagoda

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West lake pavilion

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West lake solitary hill house

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West lake water lilies nelumbo


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