Hangzhou China is said to be one of the most prosperous and well-known cities in China. It is rich in natural scenery and history and home to about 2.6 million people. The climate of the region is described as humid tropical and neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. Summers tend to be hot and humid and winters cool and dry. West Lake is one of the area s most popular sights. The 6 square km area is filled with historical pagodas and cultural sites all placed within a beautiful backdrop of lakes and hills. Other notable historic sites include the Lingyi Si Temple, Baochu Pagoda, Yue-Wang Temple and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Hangzhou is also filled with unique and interesting museums including the National Silk Museum and the Tea Museum. Natural sites worth visiting include Xixi National Wetland Park and the Hangzhou Botanical Garden. One natural spectacle visitors flock to regularly is the Qiantang River Tide. On the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar month the tide rises up to 30 feet and creates a noise that has been compared to thunder. Local cuisine favors the style of Zhejiang and is characterized by freshness, tenderness, softness, smooth flavors and mellow fragrance. Of particular acclaim are dishes like west lake sour fish, dongpo pork, longjing shrimp, jiaohua young chickens and braised bamboo shoots. Shoppers will delight in the excellent silks and satin works crafted and sold in the city. The city s Hangzhou Longjing tea is considered among the best in China and is available throughout the city both in bulk and to enjoy while you visit.