Hangzhou has a long history of 2,200 years and is one of the eight ancient capitals of China. Hangzhou, whose beauty is increased by West Lake, not only boasts the lake itself but also has a landscape surrounded on three sides by mountains and on one side by water. Go pray at Lingyin Temple, take a boat to explore Xixi National Wetland Park, or meander through the streets and alleys of the city and you will discover this the city is full of picturesque charm. The scholars and poets of the past have left behind a rich history of poetry and painting in Hangzhou. The streets and alleys of Hangzhou are filled with stories and poems.