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Hangzhou, whose metropolitan area (population 21 million) is the fourth-largest in China, has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium. Marco Polo described Hanghzou as 'without a doubt the finest and most splendid city in the world'. A great part of the city appeal results from its West Lake. The city of Hangzhou borders West Lake on one side, but the three other sides of the lake are hills, remarkably undeveloped hills considering the proximity to the city. The West Lake forms a cultural landcape comprising temples, pagodas, pavilions, and enhanced with gardens, causeways, and artificial islands that has inspired Chinese poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century, as well as garden design in the rest of North Asia over the centuries. West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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West Lake from Leifeng Pagoda with city skyline. Hangzhou, China ( color) Jingci Temple on Nanping Hill. Hangzhou, China ( color) Upper Jingci Buddhist Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Large Buddha Statue, Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Evening Bell at Nanping Hill, Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Woman at incense urn, Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Leifeng Pagoda and lake from Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Willow-lined walkway, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Boats and Leifeng Pagoda, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Long Bridge, pavilion, and Leifeng Pagoda, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Yongjin Bridge and water buffalo, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Imperial Pieer, Cuiguang Pavilion, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Man in Cuiguang Pavilion and West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Couple embracing at sunset among crowd, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Boat and Baochu Pagoda at sunrise, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Aquatic plants and Tinwanqishe Pavilion at dawn, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Jixianting at sunrise, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Long Bridge and Leifeng Pagoda at night, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Tinwanqishe Pavilion at dawn, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Jixianting and mermaid at sunrise, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Boats on West Lake at sunset. Hangzhou, China ( color) People walking on Yongjin Bridge, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Cuiguang Pavilion, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Urn on West Lake shore. Hangzhou, China ( color) Leifeng Pagoda, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Tree-lined shores and pavilion, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Long Bridge and Leifeng Pagoda, morning, West Lake. Hangzhou, China ( color) Roofs of Jingci Temple and Leifeng Pagoda. Hangzhou, China ( color) Buddha Statue, Upper Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Woman offering incense, Jingci Temple. Hangzhou, China ( color) Leifeng Pagoda from the base. Hangzhou, China ( color) West Lake and city skyline. Hangzhou, China (Panoramic color) Hills, West Lake and causeway from above. Hangzhou, China ( color) Railway station. Hangzhou, China ( color) Train station. Hangzhou, China ( color)
All the 35 color pictures of Hangzhou are on this page

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