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Hangzhou, also transliterated as Hangchow, is the capital and largest city of
Zhejiang Province in
China. Hangzhou is also the center of the Hangzhou Metropolitan Area, which is the fourth-largest metropolitan area nationally. It is governed as a sub-provincial city. As of 2010, Hangzhou prefecture had a registered population of 8.7 million people. The built up area of the
Hangzhou municipality had a resident population of 6.242 million in 2010 (urban and suburban districts), of which 3.56 million lived in the six urban core districts. The built-up area including Shaoxing County and Yuecheng districts of Shaoxing was home to 8,156,600 inhabitants at the 2010 census. Within the Hangzhou Metropolitan Area, about 21.102 million people distributed over 34,585 square kilometres (13,353 sq mi).
A core city of the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou has a position on the Hangzhou Bay 180 kilometres (110 mi) southwest of Shanghai that gives it economic power. It has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of
China for much of the last 1,000 years, due in part to its beautiful natural scenery. The city´s
West Lake is its best-known
| The Liuhe Pagoda of Hangzhou, built in 1165, during the Song dynasty.
Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It is often known as one of the most beautiful cities in
China, also ranking as one of the most scenic cities. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, /Provence?m remains an important factor for Hangzhou´s economy. One of
Hangzhou´s most popular sights is the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The
West Lake Cultural Landscape covers an area of 3,323 ha (8,210 acres) and includes some of
Hangzhou´s most notable historic and scenic places. Adjacent to the lake is a scenic area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills, including Phoenix Mountain. There are two causeways across the lake.
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