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Residents of Hangzhou are immensely proud of their city, and will often point to a classical saying that identifies it as an "earthly paradise." Indeed, Hangzhou is one of the country's most enjoyable cities. The green spaces and hilly landscape that surround the city make Hangzhou unique in Eastern China. Add to the experience a thriving arts scene, sophisticated restaurants, and vibrant nightlife,
and Hangzhou vies with nearby Shanghai as the hippest city in the East.
One of the country's biggest ports and most prosperous cities, Ningbo is an easy place to explore on foot. Rivers and canals flow through a...