The Silk Capital Embraces the World
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