Located at end of the Grand Canal, Hangzhou is one of seven ancient national capitals in China, with history dates back to the start of the Qin dynasty (221 BC). "It is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world" said by Marco Polo in the 13th century when he came to Hangzhou. Every year, thousands of domestic and foreign visitors come to enjoy the placid lake, beautiful gardens, reflecting pools, lavish temples and friendly lakeside teahouses.
In and around Hangzhou, the West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. It is described as "an idealized fusion between humans and nature" and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Besides West Lake, the symbols of the historical sightseeing in Hangzhou are: Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Qiantang River, beautiful Wuzhen Water Town and Grand Canal.
First built about 2,200 years ago, Hangzhou is one of the birthplaces of the civilization of China. In order to facilitate the international visitors' short stay in Beijing, 72 Hours Visa Free Transit policy is carried out From Jan. 1st 2014. Passport holders of 51 countries and regions are granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours with a third country flight ticket.