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The capital city of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou has long been commended for its natural beauty, surrounded by farmland and with West Lake the centre of the town. A significant cultural centre for hundreds of years, Hangzhou is situated on the Grand Canal between Beijing and Shanghai. West Lake is perhaps the major drawcard for Hangzhou, once admired by explorer Marco Polo for its beauty.
Hangzhou Botanical Garden
A huge botanical garden towards the north-west end of West Lake, the Hangzhou Botanical Garden is a public garden and research base. Bamboo gardens, yulan trees and beautiful pine trees create a fresh, invigorating ambience. With over 5,000 plum trees, 150 bamboo varieties and countless flowers like magnolia, camellia and lotus flowers, the garden is a magnificent site through all seasons.
National Silk Museum
Hangzhou’s National Silk Museum is the largest of its kind in the world. Over 8 exhibition halls explore the 5,000 year history of Chinese silk culture. Explore the silk weaving and dyeing process and see relics from every dynasty of Ancient China.
The iconic Hanzhou landmark is best explored by boat, with many tours and cruises available. The lake dates back to 8th century and has been the base for palaces, temples and gardens for years. Take a trip to Solitary Hill for perfect views of the lake or enjoy the many cultural performances and activities that take place in this unifying spot.