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Hangzhou and surrounding destinations

By Yan Jiang

August 24

If you want to explore more, highly convenient public transport in Hangzhou offers visitors easy access to surrounding destinations such as Suzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing.

If you want to explore more, highly convenient public transport in Hangzhou offers visitors easy access to surrounding destinations such as Suzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing.

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Hangzhou [Image Credit: feel so good/http://my.poco.cn/]
Hangzhou, the capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, is renowned for its rich historic legends, picturesque scenery, and leading smart lifestyle at home and overseas. Widely-known attractions include West Lake (西湖), Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺) and Thousand Island Lake (千岛湖). If you want to explore more, highly convenient public transport in Hangzhou offers visitors easy access to surrounding destinations such as Suzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing.

1. Suzhou

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Suzhou [Image Credit: Кìпζ/http://my.poco.cn/]
An old Chinese saying states that in Heaven there is paradise, while on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou, a proverb praising the beauty of both cities. The charm of Suzhou has always been associated with classic Chinese gardens there. Originating during the spring and autumn period and flourishing in the Ming and Qing dynasties, Suzhou gardens have gained an international reputation for merging traditional Chinese philosophy with exquisite architectural beauty. In ancient times, gardens here were private and built by aristocrats, tycoons and scholars. There are about 60 well-preserved gardens, with only 19 open to the public. It takes about one and a half hour from Hangzhou to Suzhou by high-speed train.

2. Shanghai

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Shanghai [Image Credit: 小忆/http://my.poco.cn/]
Shanghai, the metropolitan city located at the mouth of Yangtze River, is the center of Chinese economy, finance, trade and shipping. The former French Concession and skyscrapers lining the Bund have witnessed the history and development of this city, reflecting its dynamic and diverse nature. A classic routine includes taking a cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy stunning night views, exploring Shanghai Disney Resort and visiting Yu Garden to savor soupy Xiaolongbao for next-to-nothing. It takes about one hour from Hangzhou to Shanghai by high-speed train.

3. Nanjing

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Nanjing [Image Credit: 岂几 /http://my.poco.cn/]
Nanjing, one of the Great Four Ancient Capitals of China, used to be the world’s largest city over hundreds of years. As the capital of Jiangsu Province, it is a major cultural, educational, economic and political center situated in the heartland of the Yangtze River Delta. Famous attractions like Confucius Temple (夫子庙) and Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (中山陵) carry echoes of the city’s past. Most of Nanjing is still enclosed by a magnificent wall built hundreds of years ago. Besides, you can also enjoy elegant republican-era architecture dotted around the city centre.

It takes about one and a half hour from Hangzhou to Nanjing by high-speed train.

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