Hangzhou, traditionally romanized as Hangchow, is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in eastern China. It is located near the mouth of Hangzhou Bay, which connects Shanghai and Ningbo. Hangzhou rose to prominence as the southern terminal of the Grand Canal and has been one of China’s most known and rich towns for most of the past millennium, thanks in part to its stunning natural environment. The city’s most well-known attraction is West Lake.
Hangzhou is a sub-provincial city that serves as the hub of the Hangzhou metropolitan region, China’s fourth-largest. During the 2010 Chinese census, the metropolitan area had a population of 21.102 million people spread over an area of 34,585 km2 (13,353 sq mi). In 2015, the recorded population of Hangzhou prefecture was 9,018,000 people.
Hangzhou was awarded the 2022 Asian Games in September 2015. It will be the third Chinese city to hold the Asian Games, after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. President Xi Jinping stated on November 16, 2015, that Hangzhou will host the eleventh G-20 meeting on September 4–5, 2016.
Hangzhou is well-known for its ancient artifacts as well as its natural beauty. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in China, as well as one of the most picturesque. Despite numerous recent urban developments, Hangzhou has retained its historical and cultural legacy. Tourism is still a key part of the Hangzhou economy today. West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Hangzhou’s most popular attractions. The West Lake Cultural Landscape encompasses 3,323 hectares (8,210 acres) and contains some of Hangzhou’s most significant historic and picturesque sites. A gorgeous region next to the lake features ancient pagodas, cultural monuments, and the natural beauty of the lake and hills, notably Phoenix Mountain. The lake is crossed by two causeways.
The Hangzhou Tourism Commission launched the ‘Modern Marco Polo’ campaign on Facebook in March 2013. Over the following year, approximately 26,000 people from all over the world applied to be Hangzhou’s first international tourist ambassador. On May 20, 2014, Liam Bates was declared as the victorious winner during a press conference in Hangzhou. The 26-year-old was awarded a €40,000 contract and is the only foreigner ever assigned to such an official position by the Chinese government.