Marco Polo knew what he was saying when he coined Hangzhou “the most enchanting city in the world.” Located 140 kilometres south west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Founded over 2,200 years ago, Hangzhou is now the centre of the country's tea-growing and silk-producing region. It is blessed with stunning natural scenery, including waterfalls, bamboo forests and stone trails. Be sure to visit the spectacular West Lake region. Home to breathtaking parklands and exquisite gardens, West Lake also boasts the famous Lingyin Temple built in 326 AD, one of the largest and most magnificent temples in China.