Renowned as one of China's seven Ancient Capitals, historic Hangzhou is proudly among the first group of cities that the central government designated as Historic and Cultural City. Hangzhou shares with Suzhou the ultimate fame of Paradise on Earth.
Hangzhou's history goes back over 2,200 years to the Qin Dynasty which first brought in the rule of County System.
There are also vidences which prove the existence of human settlement early as 8,000 years ago, affirming Hangzhou as one of the cradles for the Chinese Civilization.
Again, the local Liangzhu Culture that emerged 3,000 years later comes to be known as the Dawn of Civilization.
Marco Polo, the Italian traveler of the 13th century, lauded Hangzhou as "the world's most magnificent and noble city."