Locals and tourists roam on a busy street in Hangzhou, known for its picturesque West Lake (西湖 xīhú). In China, a famous proverb says, “上有天堂，下有苏杭,” which means “There’s heaven, and there are Suzhou and Hangzhou,” alluding to the beautiful scenery and pleasing living conditions in both cities.
A bustling street scene
My name is Ilona Koch. I am 26 years old, a political science student from Germany. I was doing an internship at the German consulate in Shanghai 2016. I fell in love with China and got the most interesting impressions I have ever experienced during any of my travels. Many Germans don’t see the interesting sides of the country. In January 2017 I travelled throughout the country visiting Xi’an, Yanshou, Longsheng, Dali, Lijian and Shangri-La. China is a very diverse country with many different sides. I would love to share with the world these beautiful sides.