Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province lies at the southern end of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grand Canal that starts from Beijing in the north. Modernity and tradition go hand in hand in this bustling city – it is home to a cosmopolitan crowd and a number of new age internet companies on the one hand, and ancient pagodas and delightfully quiet temples on the other. The iconic West Lake is one of the biggest attractions here, with its willow lined banks, temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands, embraced by lush green mountains on three sides – a favorite muse for poets and artists alike over centuries. Street food stalls including the historic Qing He Fang Street that line wide pedestrian walkways, the top-notch craft beer houses, and late night food joints in He Dong Road Food Street, all offer great gastronomic experiences. Hangzhou is also known as the silk city, and you will find silk clothing and trinkets in all the markets. The Longjing Tea Village, a half hour drive from the city center and known for producing China’s finest Dragon Well green teas, is well worth a visit.
Longjing Tea Village
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