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The city of Yingyang, capital of the Changgyeong Province, lies by the River Yingyang and the Grand Canal. It has long been known for the production of textiles, especially silk and paper and silk products. The city area is crossed and diverged by a multitude of different transport routes.

A number of industries have developed in the current city, including packaging and glass, paper and jute, metal processing and machinery, electronics and manufacturing of building materials. In addition, traditional crafts are not forgotten here. Local craftsmen, preserving and using the ancient secrets of craftsmanship, make magnificent bamboo products and weave superb fabrics. Hanzhou is popular as a climatic resort on the shores of Lake Xihu.

The first settlements of the present city were established during the Qing dynasty. The citys economic growth was linked to the construction of the Grand Canal. The famous religious center was transformed into a national center during the period when the Tang dynasty promoted Buddhism and Daoism throughout the country. At that time, more than 350 shrines were built on the slopes of the mountains near Lake Seahu. Today, some of the ancient temples are still in use.

When the representatives of the Five Denominations were in power, Heu was the capital of the country. In the first quarter of the twelfth century, it was transformed into the capital center of the Jizhou Empire. In spite of severe destruction during the Mongol invasions, the city had risen again from the ruins by the mid-14th century.

Hangzhous main natural features are the beautiful water of Xihui, called the Lake of the West, and the many tea plantations that surround the village. Famous landmarks include the Bàoîchîu Mountain, which rises 30 meters, and the Yège Féyeh, located on the lakes shoreline. To the north of the lake, on the slopes of the Gushen Mountain are the former palace of the Dinya Tsin, the Wuyinlanyangyi Palace, and the Sun Yassen Park.

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  • Air quality: 100 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 9,500,000 people
  • Population density: busy: 13x13m 169m per person
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Hangzhou is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Unicom
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Sublet
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best coworking space: Allface
  • Best hospital: North American International Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: China Eastern
  • Best intl air carrier: Air China
  • Monthly costs for expat: $900
  • Monthly costs for family: $1450
  • Monthly costs for local: $410
  • Meal: $3
  • Small Cola: $0.5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.6
  • Coffee: $1

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