The China Study Abroad Program May 20 – June 7, 2013
Hangzhou is located in Southeast China, less than one hour (l50 kilometers) away from Shanghai, the famous, bustling metropolis that is well-known for its shopping and business opportunities. Visitors to China invariably comment about the extraordinary beauty of Hangzhou. Marco Polo, the noted Italian traveler in the l3th century, described Hangzhou as “the most beautiful and luxurious city in the world.”
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and is full of history, art and tourist attractions. Hangzhou is a scenic delight dominated by the famous West Lake – a favorite spot for honeymooners and romantics. West Lake is a classic example of a traditional Chinese landscape. The lake is lush with the natural beauty, elegance and harmony associated with the Chinese culture. West Lake offers luxuriant weeping willows, serenely scented temples and pagodas, art treasures, and numerous ideal spots for relaxation.