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Talking about G20: Hangzhou hailed as 'Paradise on Earth' in China


08-30-2016 16:19 BJT

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With a history dating back more than 2,000 years, Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Today it serves as Zhejiang province’s economic and cultural center. But why has the city earned the reputation of being a paradise on earth?

This year's G20 summit will be held in the city of Hangzhou in East China. Located southwest of Shanghai, it's about a two-hour drive by car.

Hangzhou is a major economic hub in the Yangtze River Delta region. Its GDP surpassed one trillion yuan in 2015, about U.S.$150 billion.

For years, the city has been recognized by the World Bank for having China’s best investment environment. Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, is headquartered there.

More than nine million people live in Hangzhou, the equivalent of the population of Sweden.

Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals. There are numerous historical and cultural heritage sites, along with countless natural scenic spots for visitors to enjoy. 

The city is renowned by Chinese people and considered as Paradise on Earth. Marco Polo described it as the most magnificent and noble city in the world.

Hangzhou’s tea culture is second to none, with hundreds of tea houses scattered across the city. The most popular tea in Hangzhou is Longjing, noted for its deep green color and invigorating fragrance.

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