This is a souvenir acrylic fridge magnet of Hangzhou, China. Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. Hangzhou is the fourth-largest metropolitan area nationally with a registered population with about 21.102 million people distributed over 34,585 square kilometres (13,353 sq mi). Hangzhou means “River-ferrying Prefecture" as it is located on the Hangzhou Bay 180 kilometres (110 mi) southwest of Shanghai. It is one of the most prosperous cities of China due to its location and beautiful scenery. It is an industrial city with many diverse sectors such as light industry, agriculture, textiles. It is also considered an important manufacturing base and logistics hub for coastal China. The city has developed many industries such as medicine, information technology, heavy equipment, automotive components, household electrical appliances, electronics, telecommunication, fine chemicals, chemical fibre and food processing. The local government of Hangzhou heavily invests in promoting tourism and the arts, with emphasis placed upon silk production, umbrellas, and Chinese hand-held folding fans.
Danger In Hangzhou
The city of Hangzhou was founded during the Qin Dynasty in AD 589, and is listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China. Hangzhou is at the southern end of China's Grand Canal which extends to Beijing. The canal evolved over centuries but reached its full length by 609. Arab merchants lived in Hangzhou during the Song dynasty, due to the fact that the ocean going trade passages took precedence over land trade during this time. There are Arabic inscriptions from the 1200s and 1300s. It is believed that Hangzhou was the largest city in the world from 1180 to 1315 and from 1348 to 1358. Because of the large population and densely crowded, multi-story, wooden buildings, Hangzhou was particularly vulnerable to fires. Major fires destroyed large sections of the city in 1132, 1137, 1208, 1229, 1237, and 1275 while smaller fires occurred nearly every year. The 1237 fire alone was recorded to have destroyed 30,000 dwellings. To combat this threat, the government established an elaborate system for fighting fires, erected watchtowers, devised a system of lantern and flag signals to identify the source of the flames and direct the response, and charged more than 3,000 soldiers with the task of putting out fires.