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About the City

Hangzhou is a beautiful city in southeastern China with rich cultural heritage as well as fine traditional products such as silk and tea. Honoured as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world" by the Italian traveller Marco Polo, Hangzhou was the capital of China in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). As a tourist resort, it now boasts many scenic spots and historic sites such as West Lake, Soul Conceal Buddhist Temple and Six-Harmony Pagoda as well as four national museums of silk, tea, traditional Chinese medicine and pottery respectively. Hangzhou enjoys a mild climate throughout the year with four distinct seasons of special beauty.

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