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Most amazing place: Happiness in Hangzhou

AIMEE WILKINSON
Last updated 14:30 21/09/2012
Hangzhou
AIMEE WILKINSON

HAPPY PLACE: Jixing Pavilion on the West Lake.

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I believe you haven't seen another culture until you have lived that culture. I've done that with my move to Hangzhou in China.

I know when you think of China you think millions of people, The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. But that is Beijing. Hangzhou is a little paradise about an hour away from Shanghai, although not a mega-city, it is a great place to be.

I have been to many cities in China, and to me Hangzhou has got to be one of the most beautiful. There is a huge lake in the middle of the city (called the West Lake or Xihu in Chinese) and it is beautiful. Although there will always be people nearby - the lake is definitely the place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre (which is only a few streets away). The scenery in this area is spectacular.

I love Hangzhou for its mixture of old and new. The central city is filled with modern buildings while looking around you can see pagodas on the hills, pavilions from ancient times and wonderful gardens.

Hangzhou is a city not to be missed in your travels. Marco Polo once said "there is a heaven and there is Hangzhou, it is by far the most noble and finest cities in the world".

I love it here, so will you.

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