Hangzhou, one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It has also been one of the most prosperous and renowned cities for the past millennium and has played a prominent role in Chinese history. This is in no small part due to its great natural scenic beauty and its famous Hangzhou cuisine.
To give you an idea, one of the ancient Chinese quotes refers to Hangzhou as “the place to live,” and another refers to it as “God's country” or “heaven on earth.” Another quote talks about Hangzhou's cuisine and says, “there’s no food that can compare with Hangzhou cuisine.”
This combination of great natural beauty and amazing food naturally makes it a very popular destination for foreign as well as domestic travellers. Furthermore, Hangzhou is very well-connected with railroads, a major secondary airport, buses, and taxis; and it has a great combination of traditional as well as modern places for people to shop, eat, and hang out. This makes it even more attractive to tourists who are looking for proximity to modern amenities while at the same time being in the midst of lush green and beautiful spaces.
To sum up, if you're planning a tour to China, Hangzhou is definitely one of the places that should be high on your list!