Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, is known as the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, originating in Beijing. It’s West Lake, celebrated by poets and artists since the 9th century, encompasses islands (reachable by boat), temples, pavilions, gardens and arched bridges. A very beautiful place to see as a weekend adventure. West Lake is its main attraction even though there are main other different things to see. If you can find yourself a guide to take you around, they have caves just outside of Hangzhou that are so big, you can fit a city inside them. Tea farms in the hills around the city which you can stop at and enjoy a cup of tea. I was at one place where the Queen of England had stopped on a tour, for a cup of tea. Hangzhou is a nice weekend away that is only about 45-50 minutes away by fast train.