'In heaven there is paradise, on earth Hangzhou and Suzhou.' Hangzhou's magnificence is proclaimed as heaven in the ancient Chinese saying. This elegant southern city has been long adored by ancient Chinese poets and emperors with its dreamy West Lake, luxuriant tea plantation and the centuries-old Buddhism monastery.
2016 G20 Summit held in Hangzhou has drawn more attention of travelers worldwide. Leisure travelers and tea lovers find Hangzhou a real paradise while cruising on the dreamy West Lake or enjoying an in-depth tea cultural discovery picking tea leaves, stir-frying tea and taking a sip of its famed Dragon Well Tea. Nearby Wuzhen Water Town is only 1.5-hour drive, well-known for its vivid traditional life, ancient houses along the murmuring streams with ancient stone bridges connecting life on both sides. A trip to Hangzhou will be a cultural, leisure and scenic one for about 2-3 days. With 1-hour high speed train ride from Shanghai, Hangzhou is also a popular city for a side trip from Shanghai where you can spend your weekend. Together with another Heaven on Earth city Suzhou, it is a popular route to discover the amazing landscape of east China. In addition, Hangzhou enjoys 144-hour Transit Free Policy which offers travelers transiting in the city a chance to admire its beauty.