The Silk Cap­i­tal Em­braces the World

China Today (English) - - SOCIETY/LIFE - By staff re­porter CHEN JING

HANGZHOU, a par­adise on earth, is known to the world not only for its gor­geous land­scape, but also as a thriv­ing com­mer­cial city. Its long his­tory has en­riched the city with pro­found cul­tural her­itage. Silk, a time-hon­ored prod­uct of China, has al­ways been a pri- mary ex­port and cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Hangzhou.

“The Most Beau­ti­ful and Splen­did City in the World”

A statue of Marco Polo by the West Lake in Hangzhou de­picts the renowned Ital­ian trav­eler tak­ing a stroll around the lake­side and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the stun­ning scenery, a book in one hand and a quill in the other.

Marco Polo vis­ited Hangzhou dur­ing the Yuan Dy­nasty (1279-1368). Nearly one tenth of The Trav­els of Marco Polo talks about Hangzhou. Marco Polo praised the city as the most re­mark­able of its kind in the world for both its grandeur and beauty. He fur­ther mar­veled at the count­less his­tor­i­cal sites that em­bel­lished it with par­a­disi­a­cal na­ture. The book con­tains Marco Polo’s de­scrip­tions of the West Lake, el­e­gant houses and

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