An Introduction to Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang Province, which is located along Southeast coast of China. It is on the southern wing of Yangtze River Delta, which is one of the six well-known city-circles in the world. It is 150 kms from China's largest metropolitan city——Shanghai and is 56 kms from Yiwu, where the largest commodity city lies. Hangzhou is at the south end of the world's longest man-dug canal——Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

Hangzhou is a famous scenic-tourist city as well as a historic and cultural place in China. It is renowned for its title of "Paradise on Earth". There are two State Level Scenic spots, one of which is the West Lake while the other is the Lake District covering Fu Chun River-Xin An River-Thousand-Island. There are also 14 cultural relic sites under state-level protection by the Central Government and 3 national museums in this city. Marco Polo, the Italian traveler in 13th century, once pronounced Hangzhou "the finest, most splendid city in the world." It is one of the seven ancient capitals in China, where the Wu Yue State and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 A.D.-1279 A.D.) established their capitals.

Hangzhou enjoys subtropical monsoonal climate with its four distinctive seasons. The yearly average temperature is about 16.2 ℃ and its rainfall is about 1,500 mm. Its spring and fall are optimal travel seasons with agreeable and comfortable weather.

Xiasha Higher Education Zone is a satellite city of Hangzhou, where there are altogether 4 higher education zones in Hangzhou with Xiasha as the largest one. It is located in Hangzhou Economy & Technology Development Area (HEDA). It is in the eastern part of Hangzhou with a distance of 15 kilometers to the city center. Presently Xiasha Higher Education Zone has 14 universities and colleges and Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics is one of them.

Hangzhou is easily accessible by air, rail and road. It is only one hour by train from Shanghai, which makes Pu-Dong International Airport within easy reach.

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