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Explore the Living Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, one of China’s four ancient capitals, is both a modern-day tourist mecca and a historic city overflowing with beautiful legends. Hangzhou is also known as the Home of Silk, the Holy Land of Tea, a hub for traditional Chinese medicine and cuisine, and a center for ancient arts still practiced today. The cultural heritage sites of Hangzhou weave a rich cultural tapestry of China which is embodied in the West Lake’s Scenic Area.

Two of Hangzhou’s most famous destinations are West Lake and The Grand Canal and they are also classified as World Heritage sites. Selected by CNN as one of the world’s most “superb sunset spots”, a visit to Hangzhou’s iconic West Lake is not to be missed. It’s wide variety of attractions appeal to many different tastes. Watching the sunrise or sunset over a calm West Lake will transport you with its divine beauty.

Dating back 2,300 years, China’s Grand Canal is the earliest and longest man-made canal in the world. Along the section that passes through Hangzhou is a vibrant leisure and entertainment resort destination serving both local residents and travellers. It is a wonderland of museums, pagodas, temples and significant historic and cultural importance.

In September 2016, Hangzhou hosted G20 Summit. The purpose of the summit is to establish an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies where they aim to study, review, and promote high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability. Check out below for the G20 participating hotels.

Take a moment to explore some of the many treasures you’ll discover on your visit to Hangzhou.

What's great in Hangzhou?

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Hangzhou Tea Culture

Hangzhou tea culture traces its roots all the way back to before the Tang Dynasty (618 CE). Hangzhou’s legendary Longjing Tea is famous for its cooling, relaxing effect. The unique method of leaf-roasting Longjing Tea is protected by the Chinese government. Hangzhou’s celebrated Zen tea culture has been around in for hundreds of years. Zen tea is grown, harvested, processed, and consumed by Buddhist Monks.

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Lingyin Temple

Built between 317 CE–420 CE, Lingyin temple is located on the western side of West Lake, facing Fei Lai Feng peak. Inside the temple’s walls are many renowned and protected Buddhist artifacts including the largest (24.8 meters / 82 feet) wooden image of Sakyamuni in all of China. As a place of active worship, you can peacefully observe monks and devout believers pray while appreciating the grandeur of the temple’s beautiful architecture.

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Historical Local Charms

The rich and fascinating history of Hangzhou is divided into UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Intangible Cultural Sites. Hangzhou’s past and present folk culture infuses every town and village with festive celebrations and performances, exquisite gastronomic experiences, and seasonal observances. From silk weaving to kite flying to dragon boat competitions, the local charm and cultural history date back thousands of years.

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Hangzhou Food Culture

In 2011, Hangzhou—one of the Eight Great Cuisines of China—was selected by the China Hotel Association as “China’s Capital of Food”. This culinary paradise is characterized by a large number of delicious fresh and sweet dishes—and behind these dishes, there is always a beautiful story linked with a historic Hangzhou figure. Most of the ingredients are related with West Lake, like lotus root, and West Lake water shield, and succulent fresh fish.

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Activities in Hangzhou:

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Full-Day City Tour to Silk Museum & Qinghefang Street

Explore the history of China with a tour of Hangzhou's top attractions. Witness the architectural beauty of Leifeng Pagoda, learn about the significance of China’s Silk Road at the National China Silk Museum and discover the local shops along Qinghefang Pedestrian Street.

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Full-Day Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well & West Lake Show

Discover the magnificent Lingyin Temple, one of the largest in China, tour West Lake – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and see it through a new lens at the breathtaking Impressions West Lake Show.

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Private West Lake, Linyin Temple & Dragon Well Tour

Escape the urban sprawl of Hangzhou to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Cruise across the serene waters of West Lake, see centuries-old Buddhist carvings at Felai Feng and Lingyin Temple and enjoy the majestic scenery while sipping China’s finest tea.

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Private Full-Day Xitang Water Town Tour

Discover the picturesque waterways of Xitang on this full-day tour. You can explore the town’s notoriously charming canal-front homes, ancient stone pathways and bridges and delicate wood carvings, as you learn about the unique history and culture that gives the place its charm.

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