Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With
enchanting natural beauty and abundant cultural heritages, Hangzhou is known as 'Heaven on
Earth' and one of China's most important tourist venues.
Hangzhou is located in northern Zhejiang province, eastern China, at the southern end of the
Grand Canal of China, on the plain of the mid-lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The prefecture-
level region of Hangzhou extends west to the border with the hilly-country Anhui Province, and
east to the flat-land near Hangzhou Bay. The city center is built around the eastern and northern
sides of the West Lake, just north of the Qiantang River.
Hangzhou's climate is Humid Subtropical with four distinctive seasons, characterised by long,
very hot, humid summers and short, chilly, cloudy and dry winters (with occasional snow). The
average annual temperature is 16.5C, ranging from 4.3C in January to 28.4C in July. The city
receives an average annual rainfall of 1,450 millimetres and is affected by the Plum Rains of the
Asian Monsoon in June. In late summer (August to September), Hangzhou, along with other cities
in Zhejiang province, suffer typhoon storms, but typhoons seldom strike it directly. Generally
they make land along the southern coast of Zhejiang, and affect Hangzhou with strong winds and
Below is the climate graph for Hangzhou in China. It shows both the average temperatures
throughout the year in degrees Celsius and also the average total rainfall in millimetres.
Hangzhou Region or prefecture-level city contains the Hangzhou metropolitan area (eight districts),
3 metropolitan counties, and 2 ordinary counties. The central six urban districts occupy 682 km2and
have 1,910,000 people. The two suburban districts occupy 2,642 km2 and have 1,950,000 people.
It has direct jurisdiction over 8 districts, 3 county-level cities and 2 Counties.Hangzhou City Proper