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Introduction:Hangzhou is o­ne of the important tourism cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is the..

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Hangzhou Introduction

Hangzhou is o­ne of the important tourism cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the province as well. It is o­ne of the 15 vice-provincial level cities in China.

Hangzhou is located o­n the low reaches of Qiantang River in southeast China, with a distance of 180 kilometers to Shanghai. It is o­ne of the key cities in the Yangzi Delta area.

Hangzhou is of subtropical monsoon climate, with distinctive four seasons and mild atmosphere and favorable geographical positions and natural conditions. Hangzhou has 6 districts, 2 counties and 5 county-level municipalities under its jurisdiction. Hangzhou covers a total area of 16596 square kilometers, with a population of 6.08 million, including 683 square kilometers of city proper area and city population of 1.69 million people.

Hangzhou is o­ne of the cradles of Chinese civilization. The human being had lived and prospered in this land 4700 years ago, which is called "Liangzhu Culture". Hangzhou had o­nce been the capitals of Wu and Yue kingdoms of Five Dynasties during the 10th Century and capital of Southern Song Dynasty during the 12-13th Century. It is o­ne of the seven ancient Chinese capitals, famous for its historical and cultural heritages. The city has a history of more than 2200 years since it was established as a county by the First Emperor Qing.

Hangzhou Traffic

By plane

Hangzhou is serviced by the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which has direct flights to Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Singapore, regional routes to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as numerous domestic routes. Located just outside of the city in the Xiaoshan district, it is o­ne of the major secondary international airports in China. A convenient route to Hangzhou for foreign visitors is to first fly into Shanghai's Pudong airport, and then take bus to Hangzhou using the Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway. Driving time from the airport to Shanghai is about 2.5 hrs (about 85 RMB o­ne way), Suzhou is about 1.5 hrs, Wuxi is about 2 hrs, Ningbo is about 1.5 hrs and Wenzhou is about 3.5 hrs.

Airport buses leave for Wulin Men (downtown Hangzhou) (15 RMB o­ne way) and Xiaoshan (also 15 RMB o­ne way) every 15-30 minutes. There are also airport buses to prefectures further away near Hangzhou such as Yiwu (30 RMB o­ne way).

By train

Hangzhou Railway Station and the significantly less modern Hangzhou East Railway Station serve the city centre, from which o­ne can catch a train to Shanghai and almost anywhere in China. There are many trains going to or passing Hangzhou from Shanghai. It normally takes about 2 hours from Shanghai (200 km) to Hangzhou by train (Cost is about 40 RMB).

Trains leaving Hangzhou reach more than 20 cities directly, including Beijing (1650 km), Shanghai (200 km), and Xi'an (1550 km).

Train tickets can be purchased at the Wulinmen Ticket Office (No. 199, Wulin Road) or Huansha Road Ticket Office (No. 147, Huansha Road).

A Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev Train Line has been proposed. North, east, south and west long-distance bus stations offer regular large and small coach services to towns within Zhejiang province and surrounding provinces.

Transrapid has now been contracted to construct an extension of the existing Long Yang Road - Pudong International Airport Maglev line. This would be the first inter-city maglev line in the world; it is now undergoing environmental assessment.

Urban traffic

Public transport within Hangzhou city is primarily in the form of an extensive public (trolley) bus network. As the city area is so flat, bicycles were traditionally very popular and are still popular with the less well-off residents, though many now use electric bicycles and scooter (Motor cycle)s.

Taxis are also very common. With its line of the newest Hyundai Elantras and Volkswagen Passats, and tight regulations (compulsory A/C, handicap service, lake-blue appearance etc.), the city's taxi service is rated amongst the top in the country. The basic charge is 10 yuan for the first 4 kms, and then 2 yuan per km for the exceding. The construction of a subway system had long been planned, and recently received approval from the central government. The completion of the first two lines is expected in 2010

Hangzhou Festivals

China International Qiantang River Tide Watching Festival
The Qiantang Tide is a world wonder, famous for its great momentum and majestic spectacle. The custom of Qiantang tide watching began in the Dynasties of Han and Wei, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In the 15th day of the eighth lunar month every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors would swarm to the banks of the Qiantang River to watch this world wonder-the Qiantang Tide. Yanguan at Haining is the best site for the tide watching. Many people make three viewing of the same tide: watching the "head-on tide" at the Ding Bridge, the "Thread Tide" at Yanguan, and the "Returning Tide" at the Old Yancang. In fact, the Qiantang River has tide everyday, though in the first and the 15th day of the lunar month, when the sun, the moon and the earth lie almost in a straight line, there will be the greatest tides, and thus the time for tide watching in a year is o­nly a little more than 20 days.
First held in 1994, the China International Qiantang River Tide-Watching Festival has since been held every year, with its main site at the Yanguan Town of the Haining City. The main content of the festival includes a large scale folk dance of Fete to the Tide Deity at the opening ceremony, which consists of performances of Navy Practice, Young Fisher's Tide Surfing, Hard Crossbow Tide Shooting, Respect Paying Ceremony to Tide and the Merry Celebration. The dance displays fully the folk customs of people at both banks of the Qiantang River in tide playing, tide fighting, and tide ceremony. There are also the temple fair in the Haishen Temple, with dragon dance and lion dance, the folk song of Lotus Falling, folk shadow play, Beijing Opera performed by acrobatic teams, folk Huagu Opera, folk play of Dalianxiang, folk vaudeville of Broadsword Dance, and so o­n. During the festival, the city of Haining will also hold the Xiashi light contest with traditional local features, adding a festival atmosphere to the period.
A sub-site is at the Tide-Watching city of the Xiaoshan City, with a o­ne-hour large-scale water-borne performance as its main program at the intervals of the Qiantang tide, including parachute jumps with motorboats, water-skating with motorboats, and water-borne motorcycles.

West Lake Sweet Osmanthus Festival
Sweet Osmanthus is the city flower of Hangzhou, which, together with Xianning, Suzhou, Guilin, Hefei, has become o­ne of the five sweet osmanthus producing areas. The people of Hangzhou celebrate the West Lake Sweet Osmanthus Festival in autumn when they appreciate the beauty and sweetness of sweet osmanthus. The "Man Long Rain of Sweet Osmanthus" is the main scene of the Sweet Osmanthus Festival. Here more than 7,000 sweet osmanthus grow along the road. During the festival more than 200 colorful awnings tidily extend along the two sides of the road while people appreciate sweet osmanthus over their cups of tea, playing cards or chess in awnings or by trees, enjoying themselves.
The West Lake Sweet Osmanthus Festival combined the "Sweet Osmanthus Culture" with the "Tea Culture". For its opening ceremony there are large-scale comprehensive art shows and the Dragon's Well green tea ceremony, along with a symposium of the Late Sweet Osmanthus by Yu Dafu, and a party in memory of Premier Zhou Enlai. To make the festival more accessible to visitors, there are tea ceremonies of the 6 major teas in the country, ikebana performance, and storytelling of "Hangzhou's People and Hangzhou's Events", bridge, weiqi, chess arena, mini golf, and children’s games at the Manjue Mount. The West Lake Sweet Osmanthus Festival lasts for a month.

Hangzhou "spring in the West Lake" Tourism Festival
The whole year's work depends o­n a good start in spring. In the season of spring, when everything begins burgeoning, flowers will turn red and willows green. To make full use of Hangzhou's tourist resourees in the period of the Spring Festival and enhance the tourist programs for the season, Hangzhou will hold the Hangzhou "Spring in the West Lake" Tourism Festival, to display Hangzhou's beautiful scenery, good natural ecological resources and long historical culture, and to attract more visitors to come to Hangzhou for sight-seeing, holiday, and business.
Hangzhou Autumn International Tourism Festival
"In memories of south China, Hangzhou is the best". Hangzhou is o­ne of the top cities for tourism, famous world-wide for its special scenery, beautiful natural ecological conditions and rich tourist resources. The Hangzhou Autumn International Tourism Festival is a large-scale comprehensive celebration consisting of tourism, culture, trade, sports, with international, economic features, participated by both city residents and Chinese and foreign visitors. The festival will further display Hangzhou's beautiful scenery, long historical culture, and new achievements since China's reform and opening up. The world will know more about Hangzhou and Hangzhou will join the world increasingly.
Main Contents of Hangzhou Autumn International Tourism Festival

Hangzhou Service Telephones

Hangzhou Tourism complaints Tel :0571-85171292
Hangzhou Tourism Advisory: 96123
Hangzhou Tourism Committee Tel: 86-571-87928538
Hangzhou Jiande Tourism Bureau Tel: 86-571-85629969 Fax: 86-571-86519687
Hangzhou Tourism Bureau of Fuyang City, scenic Tel: 86-571-63326346, 63326348 Fax: 86-571-63348015
Scenic Hangzhou Fuyang City Tourism Bureau complaints Tel :0571-63096123
Hangzhou Lin'an Tourism Bureau Tel :0571-114 complaints Tel :0571-63721720
Hangzhou Tonglu County Tourism Bureau Tel: 86-571-85629969 Fax: 86-571-86519687
Qiandao Lake, Chun'an County Tourism Authority Tel :400-8811-988 ,0571-64831113 Fax: 86-571-64823740 Zip code: 311700

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