A popular honeymoon destination, Hangzhou is a place for leisure and sensual pleasure. As the capital of Zhejiang Province, it lies on the banks of Qiantang River about 97 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Hangzhou is famous for being the southern terminus for the Grand Canal, a massive waterway that once connected the city to Beijing in the north. Now Hangzhou is a quaint provincial town that is best-known for its scenic attractions, such as the beautiful West Lake. Throughout history its beauty has frequently been recorded by locals and foreigners alike. Early China traveller Marco Polo, for instance, wrote about its captivating women and lovely temples and gardens. Although some of its historical buildings have been destroyed over the centuries, parts of the town

remain almost unchanged.

West Lake

The picturesque crystal waters of West Lake are surrounded on three

sides by rolling wooded hills. In the center sit three beautiful islands

connected by immense causeways, which are the result of water-control

work done in the Tang and Song dynasties. The entire lake is

ornamented with elegant stone bridges and charming pavilions. 

West Lake is a must-see for all visitors to this region.

​Hefang Old Street

​​Hefang Old Street is a lively pedestrian shopping street featuring Chinese crafts, snacks, silk, tea houses, old fashioned movie players, bonsai shops and souvenirs. It’s a great place to stop to shop on a tour to China from Canada.

                                                                                   ​Lingyin Temple

                                                                                   This celebrated Chan (Zen) Buddhist temple is believed to have been                                                                                      founded in 326 AD. The structure has been destroyed a number of                                                                                          times, and the current building dates from the late Qing Dynasty. The                                                                                      temple is set in a beautiful wooded area with trees believed to be                                                                                            about 1,000 years old, with a stream running through it. China tourists                                                                                    won’t want to miss the Great Hall and the famous laughing Buddha.                                                                                        The Buddha is carved in camphor wood and covered in gold and dates                                                                                    back to the 10th century.

Pagoda of Six Harmonies

This was built in 970 AD to serve as a lighthouse. It is 60 metres high                                                                                   with seven floors inside and 13 outside. The pagoda is also known as                                                                                     the Liuhe, and offers fantastic views.

Brocade Factory

​The Hangzhou Brocade Factory, founded in 1922, employs nearly

2,000 workers designing and weaving brocade, bedspreads,

tablecloths, wall hangings and various gifts. Authentic Hangzhou 

brocade products make great souvenirs to bring back from a 

China tour.