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Is Hangzhou China’s Newest Luxury Travel Destination?

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | October 14, 2016

Is Hangzhou China’s Newest Luxury Travel Destination?

PHOTO: Hangzhou provides an idyllic setting for luxury travelers. (Photo courtesy Hangzhou Tourism Commission) 

Get ready to splash your cash around Hangzhou, China. A business boom has made the city a hotbed for luxury digs. The G20 summit has also raised the city’s international profile, hosting international dignitaries such as President Barack Obama and leaders from around the world. 

The city is just 100 miles from Shanghai and home to more than 20 high-end luxury hotels, including the JW Marriott, where the U.S. delegation stayed during the G20. 

Already, Sheraton, Shangri-La, Hyatt, Wyndham, Four Seasons and more have opened high-end properties catering to a luxury clientele with unique services and VIP experiences. Offerings range from row boat hotel arrival to cloistered board rooms to top rated restaurants.

The luxury trend continues to grow. There are several more high-end properties expected to open before the end of the year, including the Park Hyatt Hangzhou and the Fairmont Hangzhou. 

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Global businesses like Alibaba have set up shop in the city, encouraging further growth and opulent experiences are also on the rise to cater to both residents and visitors alike. Its historic sights, including the UNESCO recognized Grand Canal and the Gongchen Bridge.

Long known as an idyllic escape among the Chinese people, international visitors are slowing beginning to discover that there is luxury and beauty in store in Hangzhou.

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