Driving Downtown Hangzhou, Rainy Driving in an Incredible Modern City | Zhejiang, China

Friends, it was a rainy morning in early January in Hangzhou.

It was very cold and it was a holiday.

Everyone didn’t come out. I drove in the central business district. There was no traffic jam, and it was very pleasant.

Hangzhou is a famous tourist city in China.

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and the local political, economic and cultural center.

As the southern terminus of the Grand Canal, the city is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, a superior position in the Yangtze Delta and only 112 mi (180 km) from Shanghai.

The subtropical monsoon climate contributes to varied seasonal sceneries, making Hangzhou one of China’s most popular travel destinations all the year round.

The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned landmark, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. The “Ten West Lake Prospects” selected from the most frequently visited attractions around the lake give travelers a panoramic view of the city’s highlights. Take a stroll along the causeway by the lake; you’ll feel the peaceful ethos of the city and better understand its time-honored fame as ‘Heaven on Earth’.

Hangzhou is one of the most important tourist cities in China. With its enchanting natural scenery and rich cultural heritage, it attracts many visitors. It is gradually being transformed into a city of technology.

With a history stretching back 5,000 years, Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals.

1. Hangzhou has glorious history and culture.
Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals and has been designated a “Historic and Cultural City” by the government.

Its history can be traced back over 2,200 years to the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC). It flourished after being linked with the north via the Grand Canal, which starts in Beijing and ends in Hangzhou.

From 907 to 978 AD, Hangzhou was the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. Then in 1132 it became the capital of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).

2. It boasts two World Heritage Sites–West Lake and the Grand Canal.
West Lake,the symbol of Hangzhou, is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in China. In 2011, it was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

It is a perfect combination of temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.

At a length of more than 2,000 kilometers, the Grand Canal is the longest canal or artificial river in the world, running from Beijing in the north to Hangzhou in the south.

It was added to the World Heritage List in 2014. You should not miss a boat trip along the canal to find out about and experience its glorious history.

3. Hangzhou is famous for its tea and silk.
Hangzhou is the birthplace of Dragon Well (Longjing) tea, which is the most famous green tea in China and ranked as first among China’s top 10 teas.

Ever since ancient times, Hangzhou, known as the “Capital of Tea in China”, has been a famous tea-production base in China. Tea culture is an important feature of the city.

Hangzhou tea plantations mainly consist of Longjing Tea Plantation and Meijiawu Tea Plantation.

Walking round picking tea leaves in a plantation and learning the art of tea-making are memorable experiences. If you are a tea fan, you are welcome to join our 1-Day Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour.

Hangzhou is also the historic center of China’s silk production. It has always been regarded as the “Silk City”.You’ll see silk clothing and trinkets everywhere. Hangzhou silk is soft, luxurious, and decorative. It makes a great souvenir to take home once you have visited Hangzhou.

4. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall.
The best times to visit Hangzhou are in spring (March–May) and fall (September–November), when outdoor attractions such as lakes, tea plantations, and water towns can be comfortably visited.

You’d better avoid weekends, however, and Chinese public holidays, such as Labor Day (May 1 to 7) and National Day (October 1 to 7). At such times, Hangzhou is always crowded with Chinese people.

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