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Zhejiang Province Travel Guide

Provincial capital: Hangzhou

Population: 48 millions

Geological location: Zhejiang Province is situated on China's southeastern coast, on the southern part of the Yangtze River Delta. Its northeast is adjacent to Shanghai. It covers a total land area of 101,800 sq km, of which the mountainous and hilly regions amount to 70.4%, the plains and basins make up 23.2%, and the rest 6.4% is rivers and lakes. The province's coastline stretches 6,486 km. Zhejiang also has the largest number of islands in China. 3,061 islands each have a land area of 500 square meters or larger.

Map of Zhejiang Province

Climate: Zhejiang has a sub-tropical monsoon climate, with the clear division of four seasons and abundant sunshine. The average annual temperature is 15°C - 18°C and the average annual precipitation is 1,200-1,800 mm. Its rainy season is from May to June; its coldest and hottest days are seen in January and July respectively.

Tourism resources: Zhejiang is a favored tourist destination. It has 11 state-level scenic areas, including the West Lake, Fuchun River, Xin'an River, Thousand-islet Lake, Mount Yantang, Nanxi River, Mount Putuo, the Shengsi Islands, Mount Tiantai, Mount Mogan, Mount Xuedou, Twin-Dragon Cave and Mount Xiandu, in addition to its 35 province-level scenic spots. The Hangzhou River is a national holiday resort, and 10 other resorts, including Xianghu Lake in Xiaoshan, Oujiang River in Wenzhou and Mount Huiji in Shaoxing, are of provincial level. The Surging Qiantang Tides, a unique natural view, attracts numerous visitors from both home and abroad each year.

By Air: Hangzhou is serviced by the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which has direct flights to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, regional routes to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as numerous domestic routes. Located just outside of the city in the Xiaoshan District, it is one of the major secondary international airports in China.

By Train: Zhejiang is served by a railway transport network with Hangzhou as the hub and consisting of several railway lines, respectively running between Shanghai and Hangzhou, Zhejiang and Jiangxi, Xiaoshan and Ningbo, Xuancheng and Hangzhou, Jinhua and Wenzhou and more. By the end of 2002, 1,207 kilometers of railways had been put into operation, in which 593 kilometers had double tracks.

By Bus: Preparation for key projects including the second phase of the Jinhua-Lishui-Wenzhou Expressway, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the Wenzhou-Fuzhou Railway and the Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou Railway has achieved important progress. The length of the existing six national highways and 66 provincial highways totaled 45,000 kilometers, of which 1,307 kilometers were expressways. There is a "four-hour highway ring" connecting the provincial capital of Hangzhou with all prefecture cities on the land area. Zhejiang is served with seven airports located in Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Zhoushan, Yiwu, Taizhou and Quzhou and linked up with the outside by 185 domestic and international air routes. The first-phase project of the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport with a handling capacity of 14.5 million passengers annually has been commissioned.