The final destination of the prestigious Grand Canal that flows right to the faraway city of Beijing, Hangzhou is a thriving city, attracting millions of visitors every year. Hills form the backdrop to the country's most famous lake spot, which was so lyrically described by Marco Polo. The verdant valleys are home to the secrets of the art of tea, silk and porcelain. The shores of the lake offer many an opportunity for heady, romantic strolls.
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