Getting to know Hangzhou is mesmerizing, unlike my familiar cities in the southern coastal part, HZ is rich in culture and art, every living element is soaked with culture and art because it was once the capital of Southern Song dynasty. S Song in Chinese history is the plateau of art and commerce, not only for the royal, also for everyday lifes of civilians and overseas. HZ obviously take pride in such historic fact that it named itself Song Cheng- city of Song, many land marks, streets, communities, even products, store, and menus are named with Song or tied to Song. It's very distinctive from any other cities in China.
Hangzhou's beauty is not only a god given plot of land with lush green hills surrounding West Lake. It's the creation of architecture and culture harmoniously coexist with nature and enhance each others external and internal beauty. Early morning fog, Spring plum blossom and young spout willows swaying above shimmering water of the lake shore, a sea of lotus green leaves with scatter red blooming flowers, golden yellow leaves projecting on sun setting lake surface, white snowflakes lands softly on umbrella top held by passersby leaving foot prints on bridge top in the middle of the lake. There are so much to see, to feel, to discover in HZ each season. I must say it is one of my favorite city. If I had to choose a city to live, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Paris and LA are my top choices. I wish to one day live in the first 3 cities for an extend period of time during my current life time. :D