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Discover Hangzhou Before coming to Hangzhou, you must have heard of Alibaba,with its legend of a vast commercial empire built on the mobileworld. Yes, Hangzhou is the city that gives birth to China’s omnipresent e-commerce and mobile payment.
Hangzhou emerged as an urban center as early as 222 BC which marked the beginning of its 2,200 years of history.  As a significant source of Chinese civilization, Hangzhou ranks among the seven ancient capitals of China. Here unearthed the world's earliest canoe, bearing testimony to the nation's 5,000-year-old civilization.
Known for its picturesque scenic highlights and profound cultural heritage, Hangzhou is "the most graceful and splendid city" acclaimed by Marco Polo, and the land that inspired the creation of the immortal music masterpiece of the Butterfly Lovers. Reputed as China’s home of silk and capital of tea, the ancient city is an outstanding representative of country’s Jiangnan Culture.  Currently boasting three World Culture Heritage sites: West Lake, Grand Canal and Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu, it hosted the G20 Summit in 2016 and will soon embrace the 19th Asian Games.
A 46-minute high-speed train ride takes you from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Coming to Hangzhou, you can enjoy peace of the nation’s safest city and experience the quality of life of "the Happiest City in China".  Welcome to Hangzhou and you are guaranteed a fabulous time!
Location of Hangzhou
46 minutes high-speed train ride from Shanghai
Or 2 hours car drive
Xiaoshan International Airport
Hongqiao Airport
Pudong Airport

One of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization and ranking among the seven ancient capitals in China, Hangzhou stands out as the "Famous Town of Southeast China". The excavation of the Kuahu Bridge site located in the city's Xiaoshan district indicates that as early as 8,000 years ago the place already saw thriving human activities. The 5,000 year-old Liangzhu culture is hailed by historians as "the dawn of civilization". First set up as a county in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), Liangzhu has a past of over 2,200 years. In the 9th year of Emperor Yang Jian, founder of the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the old Qiantang County (today's Hangzhou) was abolished and replaced by Hangzhou (Hang prefecture), marking the first appearance of its current name. Hangzhou was a marvel to 13th century Italian traveler Marco Polo who called it "the most graceful and splendid city of the world".

In 2022, Hangzhou saw stable economic growth with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 1.88 trillion yuan ($272.62 billion), a year-on-year increase of 1.5 percent. Per capita income of urban and rural residents grew 3.1 percent and 5.8 percent respectively to 77,043 yuan and 45,13 yuan.
The city saw robust growth in its digital economy in 2022 as the total value added of Hangzhou's digital economy exceeded 500 billion yuan, accounting for more than 27 percent of the city's GDP.
Hangzhou's exports exceeded 500 billion yuan for the first time, reaching 514.1 billion yuan, accounting for 2.15 percent of China's total.

Hangzhou boasts a long history and great cultural wealth. Its culture features the landmarks of the city, like West Lake, the Grand Canal and the Qiantang River and embraces integration and development in an open and innovative era. The West Lake Culture absorbed the essence of local culture in different epochs, such as Kuahuqiao Culture, Liangzhu Culture that dates back to 3310 - 2250 BC, Wuyue Culture, and the cultures of the Southern Dynasty (1127-1279), Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1644, 1644-1911) and the Minguo era (1912-1949). West Lake Culture covers a wide range of elements, including landscape, gardening, religion, architecture, celebrities, folk customs, the Silk Road, tea and cuisine, all coming together in delicacy and harmony. The Canal Culture, which integrates the specialties, waterscape, local opera and temple fairs, shows the openness, inclusiveness and popularity of Hangzhou Culture. Qiantangjiang Culture is as magnificent as the tidal bore of the Qiantang River.

Geography & Climate As the capital of Zhejiang province and its economic, cultural, science and educational center, Hangzhou is one of the central cities in the Yangtze River Delta. It also ranks among the first batch of National Historical and Cultural Towns crowned by the State Council.
Located in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, at the western tip of Hangzhou Bay, it is the crossing point of the extension of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and a strategic hub along the Online Silk Road. Situated at the juncture of 29°11'-30°34' North and 118°20'-120°37' East, Hangzhou features a perfect blending of hills and water, and lakes and town, with its harmonious rich water resources of rivers, canals, lakes, sea, creeks. Hilly or mountain areas, largely concentrated in the west, middle and south, account for 65.6 percent of its territory. Its plains amount to 26.4 percent, mainly found in the northeast; and the surface area of rivers, lakes and reservoirs takes up 8.0 percent. Hangzhou boasts the largest reservoir in China's southern coast -- Qiandao Lake. Traversing the city is the world's longest artificial canal -- the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and the Qiantang River, widely known for its spectacular tidal waves.
Hangzhou enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate with distinct seasons, ample sunlight and rainfall, more in spring and autumn and less in winter and summer.
Administrative Division
Under the jurisdiction of the city of Hangzhou are 10 urban districts, namely Shangcheng, Gongshu, Xihu (West Lake), Binjiang, Xiaoshan, Yuhang, Linping, Qiantang, Fuyang, and Lin'an, one county-level city -- Jiande -- and the two counties of Tonglu, and Chun'an. The city covers a total area of 16,596 square kilometers; 4,876 of them are urban.




(Hangzhou)Hangzhou CIS School
Hangzhou CIS School for Children of Foreign Personnel is located in the campus of Greentown Yuhua School, 532 West Wenyi Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou. Chinese International School Hong Kong (CIS HK) successfully launched CIS Hangzhou Campus in August 2013. Hangzhou CIS School for Children of Foreign Personnel was licensed by the Zhejiang Provincial Education Department in February 2015. Hangzhou CIS School for Children of Foreign Personnel offers boarding and education to Year 10 students only. All students are from the Chinese International School Hong Kong campus. Among them, 80% are Hong Kong students and 20% foreign students. Hangzhou CIS School for Children of Foreign Personnel advocates "China as a classroom" and effectively integrates Chinese elements into the international curriculum system. Make full use of resources in Hangzhou and surrounding areas, create various opportunities for students to step out of school and learn in the real context of Chinese society, broaden their horizons, and provide community services, so that they can experience the development and living situation in China. The school takes "growth" as its educational core and constructs a subject curriculum system that includes four major sections: Autonomy、 Better Being、Collaboration and Disciplines. The school also encourages teaching innovation, breaks down disciplinary boundaries, and achieves significant results in interdisciplinary and project-based learning PBL. Establishing "Beyond" deep learning programs allows school teachers and students to independently design courses, stimulating their autonomy and creativity in learning. Address: On the campus of Greentown Yuhua School, 532 West Wenyi Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou Web site: https://www.cis.edu.hk Tel: 0571-89775580
(Hangzhou)The Hangzhou Shanghai World Foreign Language International School
The Hangzhou Shanghai World Foreign Language International School(HWFL)  Group with the cooperation of  Gongshu Government of Hangzhou, creating the quality brand of HWFL. Following the school's philosophy of "Let the students embrace the world; Let the world be the part of the school life", foreign and local teachers work in tandem to implement lessons in small classes. The PYP Department has been authorized as an international school since 2015. HWFL was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and became an official IB world school in August, 2017. The Integrated Curriculum Department of HWFL was launched in 2019.The Integrated Curriculum aims to prepare the new generation of Chinese with a fresh and modern global view. The Integrated Curriculum of HWFL helps the students to possess the attributes of caring, elegance and generosity. HWFL takes ‘P&P’, ‘C&C’ (Participation & Practice, Cooperation & Creativity) as the school philosophy, always emphasizing to exert the principal role of students, to fulfill their potential, to develop their team spirit and to focus upon their creative talent and abilities. HWFL pays attention to the broad knowledge, psychological and physical development of students including the exploration of their real potential. This helps students to develop in a comprehensive and balanced manner, laying a solid foundation and cultivating lifelong learners with an international understanding, a spirit of cooperation, and an ability to think innovatively. Web site: https://www.hzgsedu.cn/site/hwflps/index.htm (preparatory department), http://hzwfls.wfl-ischool.cn (middle school) Tel: 0571-89981598 (Primary School), 18072942858 (Middle School) Address: 201 South Jinhua Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou
(Hangzhou)Wahaha International School
Wahaha International School (WIS) was established in July, 2015, following approval by the Education Department of Zhejiang province. WIS is a non-profit, English-language immersion international school located in Hangzhou, serving students in Grade 1 through to Grade 9. It is the first and only school in Hangzhou's Shangcheng District to have complete authorization for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). In our state-of-the-art campus, we offer our students a rich, fully international, IB (International Baccalaureate) based curriculum complemented by a strong and vibrant Chinese language program with integrated cultural appreciation and understanding. Through our unique WIS curriculum, we develop in our students the creativity, critical thinking and reasoning skills that are essential for success in today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly developing marketplace of ideas and innovation. Wahaha International School provides a caring and supportive learning environment with a culture that encourages students to ask questions, be innovative, while respectfully accepting each individual for who they are. WIS cultivates responsible, independent, lifelong learners with good character, empathy and leadership qualities. We prepare all our students to be balanced young people, ready to embrace the future, with the skills and attitudes to be successful in a rapidly changing world. We are also committed to producing global citizens who not only have a deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and language, but are also able to engage with the international community, facilitating cultural and intellectual dialogue. Address: No.5 Yaojiang Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou Web site: www.wischina.org Tel: 0571-87801933 ext. 8036 or 8017
(Hangzhou)Wellington College International Hangzhou
Wellington College International Hangzhou is located at 2399 Xuezhi Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, covering an area of over 74,000 square meters. Inspired by the distinctive 18th century Victorian architecture of Wellington Public School in England, Wellington College International Hangzhou (WCIH) follows the building exterior and design features, has the science laboratories, art classrooms, a design technology suite, a performing arts center, a gymnasium, three soccer fields, a 400-meter all-weather synthetic running track, basketball and badminton courts, and two swimming pools, one of which is a 25-meter, six-lane, competition- grade pool equipped with the Colorado Competition Timing System. WCIH bases its curriculum on the British National curriculum offering IGCSE and A Level qualifications through an immersive English language learning environment. It provides a unique, authentic British-style international education for children aged 5 to 18 to achieve academic excellence. Its curriculum includes academics, sports and performing arts, and is designed to meet the needs of students, retaining the essence of the modern British curriculum while implementing the school's international idea. Graduates from its sister schools in the Wellington College family have been admitted into the world’s best institutes of higher learning, such as Oxford University, Cambridge University and Ivy League schools in the USA. Address: 2399 Xuezhi Road, Ningwei Subdistrict, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou Web site: https://www.wellingtoncollege.cn/hangzhou-international/ Tel: 0571-8239 6366
(Hangzhou)King's College School Hangzhou
Zhejiang Hangzhou King’s school for Children of Foreign Personnel is located at 3 Guowen Road, Yuhang District, Hangzhou. The campus covers an area of 26,851 square metres, whilst it has 41,451 square metres of indoor space within the school buildings. King’s College International School Hangzhou (KINGS) was established in November 2018  by the Zhejiang Provincial Education Department. It’s mission is to integrate the best of Chinese and Western education, to build a world-class learning community, and to maximise each student’s potential. It was co-founded by King's College School, Wimbledon from the UK, Dipont Education Group with more than 20 years of international education experience, and the Yuhang District Government of Hangzhou City. At present, KINGS has a teacher-student ratio of 1:5. The school follows the UK National Curriculum Standards and the Extended Curriculum Framework. Chinese language teaching is added to Key Stage 1-2, with Key Stage 1 covering a wide range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Chinese, Geography, Computer Studies, Arts, and more. Key Stage 2 adding Information Technology and Social Studies, Health and Citizenship Education. Key Stage 3 continues with the British National Curriculum and incorporates Chinese language learning, with IGCSE subjects starting in Year 8. International students are required to complete their IGCSEs by Year 11 to progress to A-Levels. Address: 3 Guowen Road, Yuhang District, Hangzhou Web site: https://www.rkcshz.cn/ Tel: 0571-56395678-9
Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou
Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou ("WASHZ") has been established by the Wycombe Abbey Education Group, an organisation renowned for delivering premium education in China. In keeping with our ambition to create a school where "Every Child Can Excel", WASHZ has made full use of high-quality Chinese and foreign resources, including building a team made up of international education experts and consultants to design a superb academic system. As a high-quality private school, we have integrated the best of international and Chinese education for children aged 3-18 from China and overseas. We focus on each pupil's personal growth and development and aim to cultivate future leaders who have both a profound understanding of Chinese culture and a truly global perspective, who are innovators and collaborative team players, as well as having compassion and a keen sense of social responsibility. Situated in beautiful Daicun town, Xiaoshan district, Hangzhou, Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou (WASHZ) lies adjacent to picturesque Xiannu (fairy) lake with a backdrop of beautiful green hills. The campus has also integrated elements of local history and culture to become a unique landmark in Xiaoshan district. The school covers an area of 33 acres with a built-up area of over 84,000 sqm. We maximum have 9 kindergarten classes, 24 primary school classes, 12 junior high and 12 senior high school classes. Furthermore, we have set aside 6 classes for future expansion. We plan to enrol a total of some 1,500 students and can offer boarding accommodation to 960 students. Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou is equipped with impressive and advanced facilities,to meet the requirements of premium education. As the very model of an innovative private school , WASHZ will complement existing private schools in Hangzhou and play an important role in offering high-quality and varied teaching resources to talented pupil from Xiaoshan District and Hangzhou, the children of Chinese parents returning from overseas and starting a business here, as well as the children of foreign parents who invest, start businesses or live in Xiaoshan District and Hangzhou. At the same time, the establishment of our school will further promote local economic development, optimise the investment environment, improve urban competitiveness, attract talented people from surrounding areas to settle in Xiaoshan, and offer high-quality education to support the industrial transformation of the local and surrounding areas. As a model of innovative education, the school combines the Chinese National Curriculum and the best of British Education, with a resolutely holistic approach to teaching and learning. In addition to academic excellence, the school aims to develop the individual character of each child and focuses on their all-round development through sports, music, art, drama and many other co-curricular activities. Since the school is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with a National Forest Trail behind, the school's unique geographical advantages create unique opportunities for outdoor sports and other activities. A co-educational day and boarding school, Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou open to pupils from kindergarten to high school since September 2021.
Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University (ZJU), located in Hangzhou, is one of China’s top higher education institutions. It is organized across seven faculties and 37 schools and home to 4,191 full-time faculty members, including 52 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. ZJU has 60,739 full-time students, over 56% of whom are postgraduate students. Laying claim to several areas of research strength, ZJU currently ranks among the top three on Chinese mainland and within the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and QS World University Rankings. Eighteen disciplines of ZJU have been selected for China’s “Double First-class” Initiative (3rd in China) and 39 disciplines graded A in the recent national assessment (1st in China). The University prides itself on a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. ZJU researchers are making an impact across many priority areas that address global challenges, including smart city, clean energy, precision medicine and global public health initiatives related to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. ZJU is committed to transforming China and the world through active engagement. Major innovative developments include the creation of a high-level platform for intellectual property exchange, as well as the formation of a number of think-tanks, including the China Academy of Western Region Development, the National Research Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, and the Institute for Public Policy, which exist to extend the scope of ZJU’s research in social sciences. ZJU has partnerships in place with more than 200 institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide. With a cohort of 5,596 international students, and around 8,000 faculty and students who participate annually in various overseas mobility programs, ZJU fully harnesses its extensive network to nurture talent with a global outlook.
Zhejiang University of Technology
Situated in Hangzhou, Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) is a key university directly under the administration of the Education Ministry of the People's Republic of China and also listed as “211 Project” to be priority invested and constructed by the state. Founded in 1953, the University offers a broad range of programs now, including 61 undergraduate programs, 71 master programs and about 17 doctoral programs. It is a natural whole with the disciplines of Chinese languages, management, economics, law, education, literature, medicine, etc. ZJUT boasts a campus which has a floorage of 2.13 million square meters. It is wooden and green, surrounded by a lot of fragrant flowers. The University offers a comprehensive range of support services for all students and teachers, with all major facilities easily accessible on campus. It has also built the trunk network of its Campus Computer Networks and has set up interactive network teaching platforms centered around multi-media course wares. The University library has over 3.2 million books and periodicals, its web-based catalogue and homepage guide you to high-quality resources, as well as providing detailed information on all library services. ZJUT lays great emphasis on international cooperation and exchanges and has established cooperative ties with many universities and research institutes worldwide. It also invites famous foreign scholars and political personages to be the part-time professors, honorary professors or guest professors. The University has currently 18 programs for more than 600 international students. Most of them have been awarded a diploma as well as a degree certificate after their completion of all courses according to schedule. Apart from that, the University has 12 foreign teachers from different countries and regions. ZJUT welcomes the cultural diversity the international students and teachers bring to campus life. During the past years after its founding, ZJUT has gradually achieved recognition for the strength of its leading-edge research and high quality teaching. The graduates from ZJUT are prized by employers and its employment status are reach upwards of 72% in recent years. ZJUT is ranked 153rd th in China out of 200 universities by the CUAA(China University Alumni Association). It is also amongst the top 200 universities in China according to Netbig Education. Benefited from the new favorable opportunities of development and stimulated by the new challenge, ZJUT is working hard for building a high-level university well known both at home and abroad. On this basis, still greater efforts are to be made to raise the teaching, scientific research and every other work of the university to international advanced levels so that the university can enjoy higher position and greater prestige in the international academic circles in the near future.


Tang Mei: Connecting Hangzhou and Budapest via Chinese painting
Tang Mei Tímea Last year, during the recruitment event for the "Gender-Z International Youth Newscaster of Hangzhou Asian Games" at the China Academy of Art organized by Hangzhoufeel, Tang Mei showcased her calligraphic skills, writing the slogan of the Hangzhou Asian Games, "Heart to Heart, @Future,” to convey her blessings for the event. Tang Mei is of Chinese and Hungarian descent. Her deep affinity for both cultures is expressed through her artwork. Of all the arts, Chinese painting is the most philosophical. Hungarian Parliament captured by Tang Mei Since 1999, when Hangzhou and Budapest became sister cities, the two have deepened their exchanges and cooperation under the "Belt and Road" initiative. Born in Budapest, Tang Mei, driven by her love for Chinese painting, gained admission to the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. "This academy is a sacred temple for every Chinese painting student," she remarks. "Chinese art has been a beacon guiding me to China. I hope to showcase Chinese culture to the world and help more people appreciate this fascinating country." "Cantata Profana" story portrayed by Tang Mei through Chinese painting Hungarian and Chinese cultures merge in her artworks. Using the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's "Cantata Profana" as a backdrop, she portrayed the story through Chinese painting, replacing the image of a deer with ancient script to emphasize the timeless connection between different cultures. "I once saw the Terracotta Warriors in Budapest!" Tang Mei has observed that in recent years, transportation and communication between China and Hungary have become increasingly convenient. Born in 2000, she remembers that as a child, there were no direct flights from Budapest to China, and visiting her grandparents in Shenyang required multiple stopovers. Lately, direct flights from Budapest to Beijing, Shanghai, and Ningbo have been established, and the visa process for her grandparents visiting Budapest has become much easier. Furthermore, this year, China announced a visa exemption for Hungarian citizens from mid-March until the end of December 2025. In response, Hungary is also simplifying the process for Chinese investors to obtain long-term visas. Tang Mei highlighted a significant railway project, the Hungary-Serbia railway, which connects the capitals of Hungary, Budapest, and Serbia, Belgrade. This railway is a flagship project under the "Belt and Road" initiative, with construction in Hungary already more than halfway complete. "I even saw the Terracotta Warriors in Budapest a few years ago!" Tang Mei remarked. Exhibitions of Chinese artifacts are becoming frequent events in Budapest. Tang Mei shared with me the surprising cultural parallels between Hungary and China. For example, in Hungarian history lessons, there's a notion that Hungarians are descendants of the Huns, and like many East Asian cultures, Hungarians traditionally place their family names before their given names—a practice contrary to most European customs. "Hungarian folk songs, like traditional Chinese music, are also pentatonic, consisting of five tones!" she noted, emphasizing the deep connections between the two cultures. She also mentioned that the art of porcelain making, which originated in China, spread globally and has been preserved in Hungary, where several renowned ceramic brands still thrive today, such as Herendi Porcelán, Zsolnay Porcelán, and Hollóházi Porcelán.   Tang Mei learning how to play guqin, a traditional Chinese instrument Tang Mei noted that in recent years, several Hungarian elementary and secondary schools have introduced Chinese as a second foreign language. Increasing numbers of Hungarians are attending weekend classes at Chinese schools, including one of her Hungarian friends who learned Chinese at such a school and was admitted to Peking University. Looking ahead, Tang Mei is determined to deepen her study of Chinese culture, including Chinese painting, and to document her learning in Hungarian to share with more friends in Hungary. Hefang Street,