Well known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. Being the capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is the cultural, economic and political center of the province. Hangzhou has four distinct seasons but summer is not too hot and winter is not too cold. The mild atmosphere, favorable geographical location and natural conditions have made Hangzhou one of the most attractive tourist destinations to visit almost all year round.
Though much of the ancient city that had been the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty was destroyed during the Taiping Rebellion in the mid-nineteenth century, Hangzhou has been built into a modern and vibrant economical center today. The beautiful West Lake and legendary Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are the most frequently visited attractions in Hangzhou.
Famous local specialty dishes also draw attentions from visitors. Noted for their sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste, Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), Sweet and Sour West Lake Fish, Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Longjing Tea Shrimp are just some to name. Teahouse culture is popular in Hangzhou. Overlooking the beautiful sparkling West Lake under the moon light with a cup of tea is surely a perfect way to relax.