Top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China

By Xu Lin
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Hangzhou, the capital and the largest city of Zhejiang Province, is located at 180 kilometers (111.85 miles) southwest of Shanghai. It is one of China's major ancient cities, as well as one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in the country.

Hangzhou is famous for its splendid natural scenery and historic relics. Its most popular site is the West Lake, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other must-sees such as the Linyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda are also good options to visit.

The following are the top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

 Longmen Ancient Town(龙门古镇)

Longmen Ancient Town, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Hangzhou, China' by

Longmen Ancient Town [File photo]

Longmen Ancient Town, located on the south bank of Fuchun River, 52 kilometers (32.31 miles) southwest from the Hangzhou city center, is a town famous for its well-preserved architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). The town was named after the nearby located Longmen Mountain. Longmen Ancient Town was said to be the hometown of Sun Quan, the emperor of the Three Kingdoms state (220-280) of Wu during the third century. Among the town's 7,000 residents over 90 percent are surnamed Sun and are said to be the descendants of Sun Quan.

The two ancestral halls of the Sun family make up the main architectural site of the town. There are in total more than 40 halls, three decorated gateways, one pagoda and one temple -- most of which are heritage buildings. The lanes and alleys are all interconnected, turning the whole town into one big maze. If you do get lost here, don't be ashamed to ask for help.

Admission:80 yuan (US$13.08)/ person

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