Get Inspired / China China: Hangzhou Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Hangzhou story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Hangzhou, about 175 km southwest of Shanghai, is one of China’s seven ancient capitals, with 2100 years of history. The scenic West Lake is the famous setting for many of the city's historical pavilions and temples and beautiful hills and gardens. Hangzhou is the birthplaces of the famous Longjing tea, and is also known for its embroidery, brocades and silk umbrellas. Places of interest include Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Three Moon Reflection Island. Intrepid Italian explorer Marco Polo once wrote in his travel journals that the most beautiful women in the world hailed from Hangzhou. However, it’s not just the local ladies who lay claim to such acknowledgement as Hangzhou itself carries the tag – and it’s not just skin deep. The city too is blessed with natural qualities, among them the vast and extremely beautiful West Lake – it measures 3.3km by 2.8km – and surrounding forests and mountains and the Grand Canal. Centuries-old traditions which established Hangzhou as one of China’s seven ancient capitals are evident at the dining tables with freshwater fish a notable delicacy, along with beggar’s chicken (prepared and cooked in clay), Dongpo-style pork and Mrs Song’s fish soup. Longjing shrimp is understandably on the menu as it is in this region that China’s best green tea, Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea hails. For shoppers, Hangzhou is renowned for its silk and traditional handicraft such as West Lake-brand parasols, Wang Xing fans and Zhang Xiaoquan scissors. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Do Stop til’ you get Enough Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The Eight Sights of Guangzhou Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.