Top 10 domestic destinations for rich Chinese in 2012

By Lu Na
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Hangzhou is the capital city of southeast China's Zhejiang province. Dubbed the "Paradise under the Heaven", the city is well-known in the world for its splendid natural scenery and numerous historical relics. The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned attraction in Hangzhou. Surrounded by rolling mountains on three sides, the lake is like a glittering pearl under the blue sky, enthralling tourists with its stunning natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Near the lake is a scenic area which comprises many notable spots, including the Solitary Hill (Gushan); Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, a hero in the Song Dynasty (960-1279); and the Ling Yin Temple, one of China's largest Buddhist temples. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Hefang Old Street for various kinds of souvenirs, silk, and renowned Longjing Tea.

Percentage in 2012: 15 percent

Rank in 2011: 10

Travel Tips:

 -- Best time to visit: Spring and autumn

 -- Local snacks: Beggar's Chicken (chicken stuffed and wrapped with layers of lotus leaf, and roasted in clay), West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, Dongpo Pork (braised pork created 900 years ago by a famous Chinese poet Su Dongpo), and West Lake Water Shield Soup

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