A popular honeymoon destination, Hangzhou is a place for leisure and sensual pleasure. As the capital of ZhejiangProvince, it lies on the banks of QiantangRiver about 97 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. Hangzhou is famous for being the southern terminus for the Grand Canal, a massive waterway that once connected the city to Beijing in the north. Now Hangzhou is a quaint provincial town that is best-known for its scenic attractions, such as the beautiful WestLake. Throughout history its beauty has frequently been recorded by locals and foreigners alike. Early China traveller Marco Polo, for instance, wrote about its captivating women and lovely temples and gardens. Although some of its historical buildings have been destroyed over the centuries, parts of the town remain almost unchanged.