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Hangzhou, China

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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.

World's Most Underrated Cities

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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World's Most Underrated Cities

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