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Hangzhou Travel Guide, China

Hangzhou, China - Overview: The gift of nature

Positioned in the delta of Yangtze River is the capital city of Zheziang, Hang Zhou. It is a prosperous and renowned city of China. The city is situated 110 miles southwest of Shanghai and has earned fame because of its natural beauty. The Hang Zhou region has been politically fractured into a metropolitan area and three metropolitan counties.


Hang Zhou is positioned in the northern section of Zheziang province and the south of Grand Canal. The western section is hilly and the eastern section of Hang Zhou is quite flat. It also surrounds the Qiantang River.


Hang Zhou has a sub tropical humid climate with three climatic seasons. Summers are quite humid and hot with cold and dry winters. The average temperature of the year stands at around 17 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature of a year fluctuates from 4 degree Celsius to 34 degree Celsius. July is the warmest month and January the coldest. The annual rainfall averages around 1,375 mm. However, during summers, Hang Zhou sometimes suffers typhoon storms.


Wu is the spoken dialect in the city of Hang Zhou. It may, however, vary from one region to another and because of this, the dialect of Hang Zhou may get deviated from that of its southern counterpart. Mandarin, in addition to Wu, is also spoken in Hang Zhou.


Tea forms the backbone of both Hang Zhou’s culture and economy and the most famous is the Longjing tea. The region is also reputed for the artistic creations of umbrellas and silk. In addition to all these, the Hang Zhou cuisine, which is widely reputed for its softness and freshness, also represents the Zheziang cuisine.


Hang Zhou is very well served by airways, railways and roadways. The Hang Zhou Xiaoshan International Airport connects the city to Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and the domestic cities of Macau and Singapore. The Hang Zhou Railway Station connects Shanghai and other major cities. Maglev trains are supposed to hit the city by 2010. Due to the flat architecture of the city, Hang Zhou was well served by bi-cycles, but they were gradually replaced by electric bi-cycles and scooters. Both short and long distance buses connect the city from east to west and north to south. However, cabs and hired vehicles are quite popular amongst the tourists.

So, enjoy the gift of nature offered at Hang Zhou by planning a trip today!

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