It has been said of Hangzhou that it is the best combination of natural beauty and historical sites in Eastern China. There is a popular saying amongst Chinese that ‘up above there is heaven; down below there are Suzhou and Hangzhou’. Unlike places like Beijing, Hangzhou is not about its individual sites. Rather, it is a collection of interconnected attractions that require time and thought to fully appreciate. If you only visit the most famed tourist attractions here, you may miss the real beauty on offer in the secluded and hidden corners of this intriguing city. The best method of exploration in Hangzhou is a mix of walking and cycling, thereby giving you the best opportunity to see the city in its natural element, and also enjoy all the surprised on offer off the beaten track.