"A scenic and metropolitan capital in the southeast, Qiantang is forever prosperous". With a history going back 2,200 years, Hangzhou is one of China's seven ancient capitals. Today it serves as Zhejiang Province's economic, cultural, technological and educational center.
Hangzhou has legendary beauty. Marco Polo praised it as the "most noble and magnificent city in the world". Three world cultural heritages——the West Lake, the Grand Canal, and the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City——create a perfect balance between the poetic landscape and the magnificent architectures of Hangzhou, showing a vivid picture in which the rapid development of the city and the prosperous life of the citizens complement each other in a natural way.
Hangzhou has a robust economy driven by passions of entrepreneurship. Its total economic output ranks the top among China's provincial capital cities. For years Hangzhou tops the chart of China's Best Investment Destinations. It is proudly the host city for the International Cartoon & Animation Festival, the West Lake International Expo and the World Leisure Expo.
A beautiful land breeds fair people and phenomena.
Vehicles stopping to wait before Zebra crossings is already a conduct from habit. Specialty towns have a style of their own. Cultural Halls prompt changes in rural areas. Hangzhou is setting a fine example of"Beautiful China," as it strives to be worthy of the reputation of "Paradise on Earth."