City in China.Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, is the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, which originates in Beijing. Its West Lake, celebrated by poets and artists since the 9th century, encompasses islands (reachable by boat), temples, pavilions, gardens and arched bridges. On its south bank is 5-story Leifeng Pagoda, a modern reconstruction of a structure built in 975 A.D.
West of the lake in the Wulin Mountains, Lingyin Temple (or Temple of Soul’s Retreat) is a complex featuring a 25m-high gilded Buddha in its Grand Hall. On the surrounding grounds, the limestone grottoes of Feilai Peak display rock carvings from as early as the 10th century, including a famous Laughing Buddha. A trail ascends North Peak Mountain, which is topped by the 1,600-year-old Lingshun Temple (or Temple of Wealth). The area is known for its tea and silk, with national tea and silk museums. Southwest of town, Longjing (Dragon Well) green tea leaves grow on terraces around Longjing village.