Hangzhou’s beautiful scenery has made it the wedding photo capital of China. The capital of Zhejiang Province, and located 45 minutes by high speed train from Shanghai, Hangzhou is centered around the famous West Lake (Xi Hu), which has been immortalized by countless Chinese poets and artists. Hangzhou was capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until the Mongol invasion of 1276. During this time the city’s population is estimated to have been as high as one million, making it the largest city in the world. Even the great Marco Polo claimed to have passed through, describing Hangzhou as “beyond dispute the finest and noblest city in the world“. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon-type climate with four distinct seasons, although it’s possible to visit all year round.