Hangzhou is an incredibly beautiful historical center of the country, fascinating and attracting with its nature and originality with more than 2000 years of history. It is located 200 kilometers from Shanghai in the valley of the Qiantang River, founded in 220 BC. A real decoration of Hangzhou was Lake Xihu, artificially created in 1037. In the center of the city is a luxurious imperial residence, built in the 7th century AD. Old shopping streets, teahouses, monasteries and temples are combined with superb state-of-the-art buildings. The city is surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes.