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Hangzhou & West Lake

This ancient capital has been impressing visitors as far back as the 13th century, when noted explorer Marco Polo commented upon its noble beauty in christening Hangzhou the "City of Heaven". He might perhaps have been referring to the view of the magical West Lake from the Broken Bridge, surrounded by rolling mountains and dotted with small mysterious islands. Or perhaps its collection of pagodas and temples, or its charming tea houses and traditional gardens.

Whatever Marco Polo was most captivated by, he certainly wouldn't have had the convenience of travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou in in roughly one hour on the speedy Bullet train. For a more leisurely travel experience you can take the water ferry up the historic Grand Canal up to the historic Gongchen Bridge, first built during the Ming dynasty, over 500 years ago.

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Banyan Tree

Located on the edge of the Xixi National Wetland Park, this spectacular resort is surrounded by peaceful waterways, lush gree…

Hyatt Regency

This outstanding city hotel combines an excellent location with fine views, modern facilities and stylish guestrooms.

Lake View

Overlooking the West Lake, this large 4 star hotel provides comfortable and well-equipped rooms and an ideal location to expl…

Hangzhou Hotel

This modern city centre hotel boasts fine views of the city and lake from its own revolving restaurant on the 32nd floor.

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