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Hangzhou, China

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Hangzhou, China

China’s most renowned dynasties all left a mark on this eastern city known for its scenic setting on man-made West Lake, a favorite imperial retreat. See it by boat or walk its shoreline in the morning, when thousands of residents start their day with tai chi. Hangzhou’s gardens are numerous—worth a visit is the Quyuan Garden, which has 250 species of lotus blossoms growing in bridge-linked ponds. Enjoy city views from Wu Hill with its seven-story pagoda tower. Stay at the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, a tranquil enclave where traditional architecture meets modern amenities.

Don’t Miss: Take a walk on the zigzag Long Nine Turns Bridge, which actually has 30 turns so you experience the setting from as many angles as possible.

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