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Ancient and Modern Charm of Hangzhou

Ancient and Modern Charm of Hangzhou

Ancient and Modern Charm of Hangzhou

Hangzhou has a history of more than 2200 years since it was first established as a county in the Qin Dynasty. As time goes by, today’s Hangzhou not only retains the antique charm of history and culture, but also thrives as a modern metropolis.

Modern: Material Comforts and Fashion

The high-rise buildings, the constant flow of people and the colorful city lights show people the modern charm of the city.

Qianjiang New City

Qianjiang New City

Qianjiang New City, integrating financial trade, administrative office, business and residence, has gradually developed into a "sparkling" CBD since its completion.

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, the Qianjiang New City Light Show comes as expected, adding a few more colors to the already bustling city. The light show in Qianjiang New City is made up of 700,000 LED lights. Neon lights and house lights on the streets and lanes light up the quiet night sky, but also light up the enthusiasm of people.

 
The Dragon Sports Center

The Dragon Sports Center

The Dragon Sports Center is a multi-functional place integrating sports competition, artistic performance, fitness, entertainment, catering, accommodation, business office, shopping and exhibition. Want to hear a concert? Want to see a show? Want to exercise? Then come to the Dragon Sports Center.

 
The West Lake Cultural Square

The West Lake Cultural Square

The West Lake Cultural Square, a comprehensive Plaza with profound achievements and fame, is only two kilometers away from the West Lake. It is the most bustling and prosperous central area of Hangzhou and also a good place for a fashionista. Here, you can enjoy sports, fitness, indulge in table games, e-games, watch movies, visit museums, explore food and shop in Intime Department Store as well as enjoy dancing in Linx.

 

Ancient Charm: Culture and Life

The historical sites and living habits of Hangzhou, which bear thousands of years’ stories, show people its traditional side.

The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City

The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City

The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, which was inscribed on the world heritage list this year, is an example of the 5,000 years old Chinese civilization. It lies quietly in Pingyao Town, Yuhang District, waiting for people to visit, to feel and to have a dialogue with the ancient civilization through their bodies and mind.

 
The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the longest artificial canal in the world. The Hangzhou section of the canal starts from Tangxi Ancient Town of Yuhang District in the north and ends at Qiantang River in the south, running through four urban areas of Hangzhou. As a unique living cultural heritage, the Grand Canal is the living and flowing spiritual home of the Chinese nation.

 
The Southern Song Imperial Street

The Southern Song Imperial Street

The Southern Song Imperial Street, once the main street in Lin'an (the current Hangzhou), the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, is the central axis of Lin'an. Time and space changes, but the traces of time remain. The street and lane sites of the Song Dynasty are preserved, showing the social features of the Southern Song Dynasty.

 
Hangzhou's Mantoushan Community

Hangzhou's Mantoushan Community

Every city has old communities full of bustling and lively common people living atmosphere. So does Hangzhou's Mantoushan Community. It is located at the foot of Phoenix Mountain (Fenghuangshan) where ruins of the Imperial City of the Southern Song Dynasty can be found. Because it’s near the Imperial City of the Southern Song Dynasty, the area is difficult to develop so that the Mantoushan Community still retains the traditional lifestyle of the old Hangzhou people, such as washing clothes and vegetables beside a well, drying clothes and quilt at the door.

 
Xiaohe Straight Street

Xiaohe Straight Street

The lifestyle of old Hangzhou people also hides in Xiaohe Straight Street. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, without heavy traffic and dazzling neon lights.

 
Hangzhou embraces modern inclusiveness and traditional simplicity. Here, no matter passers-by or returnees, they can have a sense of belonging.