Hangzhou – Paradise of the East
In heaven is paradise, on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. So says a Chinese saying. Also because of the charming West Lake and surrounding green mountains the city of Hangzhou is the most beautiful city in China. At least this is what Marco Polo once said.
Like many Chinese cities, the city developed in a frantic pace, also due to nearby metropolis Shanghai. An express train connects both cities within an one hour ride, covering 300 kilometers. The Hangzhou public transport is great. Hangzhou is the city with the densest bicycle sharing network in the world. Plus the cities newest improvement: metro line 1 that runs from North to South of the City, also connecting the neighboring cities. Anyone who thinks of Hangzhou only having the West Lake and serving rides on a rickety wooden rafts that are maneuvered by an elderly Chinese with eagles on his arm is wrong. Hangzhou also serves a different picture. Far away from the scenic spots, Hangzhou is home to numberless businesses. The economy is as blooming as the cherry blossoms in the parks in the city. You could also say: a mix of landscape and Lamborghini. A few impressions.