What to see in Hangzhou, show on the west lake, main attractions, itinerary of the places to visit in the ancient city of China located along the silk road.
City of China and capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is located at the mouth of the Qiantang River in the innermost part of the bay, which takes its name from the city, included in the East China Sea.
Located along the silk road and bordered to the west by the hills, Hangzhou overlooks the wonderful Western Xi Hu lake, a source of inspiration for poets and painters for its enchanting beauty.
The causeways Bai and Su, which are named after the famous poets Su Dongpo and Bai Juyi, offer the opportunity to take splendid walks among fruit trees and weeping willows, admiring panoramic views of the lake.
A gracious and dense network of stone bridges connects the peninsulas and islets, where ancient Buddhist pavilions and flower gardens stand, along the perimeter of the lake there is a rewarding naturalistic path, full of attractions.
On the hill of Geling, immersed in the peace of the woods, stands the Baopu temple, one of the major Taoist temples in China, while in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum there are interesting finds that relate to past civilizations, from the Neolithic period to the prosperous Song era.
To the south of the lake is the interesting Silk Museum, which traces the entire history of silk processing, and houses the fascinating ceremonial clothes of the various dynasties of rulers, since Hangzhou has been the most important production center since ancient times silky in China, and is also mentioned by Marco Polo in the Million, who defined it with the famous phrase "There is no city in the world equal, which offers you such delights so that one believes in paradise".
Hangzhou, whose origins date back to the Quin dynasty (221 BC), experienced the period of greatest splendor when the Song rulers proclaimed it the capital of the Southern Song dynasty in the thirteenth century.
Devastations that occurred in the following centuries caused the destruction of the city, many buildings that we can admire today in Hangzhou have been recently rebuilt.