Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

​Hangzhou from A Bird’s-Eye View

There is a saying that “Above there is heaven, below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou”, which clearly states the popularity of Hangzhou.

The beauty of Hangzhou lies in the flowing rivers, verdant mountains and beautiful lakes.

The beauty of Hangzhou lies in its long history, flourishing literary atmosphere and people of talents coming forth in large numbers.

Transportation hubs, city landmarks, scenic spots... This time, let’s look down on the earth from a bird’s-eye view to appreciate the beauty of Hangzhou from a different perspective.


Traffic — Veins of the City


In the early morning, during the rush hour, when the sun shines on the city diagonally, the city roads welcome a busy day.


The criss-cross traffic roads form the bloodline and skeleton of the city, and promote Hangzhou to move towards a modern international city.


The No. 7 Qianjiang Bridge, or Zhijiang Bridge (之江大桥), which spans the Qiantang River, carries tens of thousands of traffic flows every day.


Fuxing Bridge (复兴大桥) links Binjiang District, Xiaoshan District and Hangzhou Old Downtown into a whole, and enables Hangzhou to formally enter the era of Qiantang River. At night, its vitality is more prominent.


Architecture — Landmarks of the City


The Raffles Twin Towers located in Qiantang River New City on the banks of the Qiantang River have a sparkling texture of water, just like the endless stream of the Qiantang River. Looking down from above, it gives people another wonderful sense of beauty.


Just as a person has bright eyes, a city also needs a window. This “city window”, which offers a grand view, is here — Hangzhou Civic Center (杭州市民中心).


The silver smooth surface symbolizes the pearl, the inclined glass curtain wall symbolizes a bright moon, and the shallow water area of the square in front symbolizes the West Lake. This is the Hangzhou Grand Theater (杭州大剧院) with beautiful implied meanings.

Opposite “the bright moon” is the Hangzhou International Conference Center (杭州国际会议中心). Because it looks like a big golden ball, the two, Hangzhou Grand Theater and Hangzhou International Conference Center, are called “the sun and the moon”.


Landscape — Marks of the City


Lingyin Temple sits on the foothills of Lingyin Mountain to the west of West Lake, with beautiful peaks and lush ancient trees hidden in the mountain.


When you stand on the banks of West Lake, you will be intoxicated by the beautiful scenery, with the gleaming water nearby and the pavilions in the distance. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look from above? Flowers on the lake and a pavilion in the lake enhance each other.


This small island, Ruangong Islet (阮公墩), located in the center of the West Lake, is surrounded by clear water and is set in thick greenery, just like a piece of emerald shining in a jade plate.

To the south of West Lake, beside Qiantang River, on the Yuelun Mountain (月轮山) — this is the Pagoda of Six Harmonies (六和塔). It is an excellent place for tide watching and there is even a poem to describe this beautiful scenery. Just looking down at this ancient tower from the sky, it gives people different amazement.

Looking down from the clouds, one can feel the smallness of human beings and the beauty of all things.


Finally, let us return to the familiar perspective and return to the visual center, as creators and participants of Hangzhou, to feel the charm of the city as we understand it.