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Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province. The city is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, a strategic position in the Yangtze Delta and only 180km from Shanghai. With varied seasonal sceneries, thanks to the subtropical monsoon climate, Hangzhou is one of China's most popular travel destinations. WestLake is without a doubt the most important landmarks of Hangzhou and has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor a panoramic view of the city’s highlights. To understand the Chinese culture, the best way is to visit the national museums, namely the National Silk Museum and Tea Museum. They provide a fascinating insights into the Chinese history. Another aspect that visitors should not miss when visiting Hangzhou is its delicacies. Famously known for its sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste, some of recommended food experiences are Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea. One of the Chinese old saying sums up the beauty of this city: 'Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou.'

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