Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. It sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou grew to prominence as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium, due in part to its beautiful natural scenery. The city's West Lake is its best-known attraction.

West Lake
One of Hangzhou's most popular sights is West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The West Lake Cultural Landscape covers an area of 3,323 ha (8,210 acres) and includes some of Hangzhou's most notable historic and scenic places. Adjacent to the lake is a scenic area which includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills, including Phoenix Mountain. There are two causeways across the lake.
Xixi National Wetland Park
Another popular sight is Xixi National Wetland Park. It is located in the western part of Hangzhou City, only 6 kilometers from the downtown of Hangzhou--Wulin Gate, and 5 kilometers from West Lake. Xixi was created during Han and Jin Dynasty, developed at Tang and Song Dynasty, flourished at Ming and Qing Dynasty, declined during the Republican period, and revived in modern times.
Other places of interest
The Grand Canal
The Picturesque Qiandao Lake
Qianjiang New Town
Old China Street on He Fang Street
West Lake Cultural Square
Zhejiang University
Located in the historical and picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is a prestigious institution of higher education with a long history. Qiushi Academy, the predecessor of Zhejiang University, was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China. In 1928, the academy was named National Zhejiang University. During the war time in 1940s, Zhejiang University moved to Zunyi, Meitan and other places in succession and stayed in West China for seven years. In 1946, Zhejiang University returned to Hangzhou. In 1952, due to a nationwide restructuring of universities, Zhejiang University underwent a reshuffling of disciplines. Some departments merged into other universities and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The remaining departments were divided and developed to become 4 specialized higher education institutions, namely former Zhejiang University, Hangzhou University, Zhejiang Agricultural University and Zhejiang Medical University. In 1998, the four universities sharing the same ancestor merged to form the new Zhejiang University and set a new goal – to develop into a world-class university. In its 119-year history, Zhejiang University has always been committed to cultivating talent with excellence, advancing science and technology, serving for social development, and promoting culture, with the spirit best manifested in the university motto “Seeking the Truth and Pioneering New Trails”.
Hangzhou's local cuisine is often considered to be representative of Zhejiang provincial cuisine, which is claimed as one of China's eight fundamental cuisines. The locally accepted consensus among Hangzhou's natives defines dishes prepared in this style to be "fresh, tender, soft, and smooth, with a mellow fragrance."
Dishes like Noodles with Fried Eel Slices & Shrimps (Ϻ), West Lake Vinegar Fish (), Dongpo Pork (), Longjing Shrimp (Ϻ), Beggar's Chicken (л), Steamed Rice and Pork Wrapped by Lotus Leaves(Ҷ), Braised Bamboo Shoots (), Lotus Root Pudding (ź) and Sister Song's Fish Soup (ɩ) are some of the better-known examples of Hangzhou's regional cuisine.
Noodles with Fried Eel Slices & Shrimps (Ϻ)
Dongpo Pork ()
Longjing Shrimp (Ϻ)
Braised Bamboo Shoots ()
Sister Song's Fish Soup (ɩ)