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About Hangzhou

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is the provincial center in Economy, Culture, Science and Education. It is a famous city in history and culture and also an important national tourist city with the beautiful scenery. And it is renowned as “Paradise on Earth”, “Cultural State”, “Home of Silk”, “Tea Capital”, “Town of Fish and Rice”.

Hangzhou

Located at the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, the west end of Hangzhou Bay, the lower reaches of Qiantang River and the southern end of the Grand Canal (Beijing-Hangzhou), it is one of the most important central cities in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta and a hub of transportation in southeast China. The geographic position of the city proper is latitude 30° 16′ north and longitude 120°12′ east. Hangzhou owns the natural environment integrating rivers, lakes and hills. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It is warm and humid with suffi cient sunshine and plentiful rainfall. In 2008, its average annual temperature is 17.5℃ , the average relative humidity 70 percent, the annual rainfall 1,273.9millimeters and the annual sunshine time 1,641.2 hours.

Hangzhou’s history dates back to 2,200 years ago during the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC), but the ancient Liangzhu people inhabited the area more than 5,000 years ago. In eastern China, Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and one of the seven capitals of ancient China. The city is also the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest canal ever built in the world.

Through the years, the city has grown into a prosperous metropolis known for its scenery, graced by ancient literary writers and the final resting place of household historical figures. Today, it continues to strive towards the conservation of its natural heritage, a daunting task in an era where modernity often takes precedence, especially so in a fast a developing country.

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