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Qianjiang New Town

Qianjiang New Town

Hangzhou's Qianjiang New Town is being developed into a new central business district. The skyline of this commercial hub is decorated with the unique golden egg structure of the International Conference Center, the posh grandeur of the Grand Theatre, and the spectacular open public space, City Balcony, which overlooks the Qiantang River. Not to forget, the elegant Citizen Centre gives the impression of four people holding hands in a circle of harmony and co-operation towards a better life.

Citizen Center 市民中心: Hangzhou Library

Open to the public, the Hangzhou Library has several wings which are beautifully designed with spacious layouts, tastefully furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. In an environment conducive to study and research, bookshelves cover the walls of the library.

There are 2,000 study areas equipped with personal reading lamps, power supplies and free Wi-Fi coverage. In the foreign language section, reading areas are furnished with western taste, completed with an artificial fireplace to create a comfortable, relaxing environment.

The library boasts four special rooms for movies and musical appreciation, two general audio-visual rooms, a café, a children's section, a calligraphy room, etc. It has a wide collection of music, magazines, newspapers and books that range from fiction to research purposes, reference works, traditional Chinese books and English books. The library also organizes activities such as talks by guest speakers, community activities, performances, and a special guest room for important visitors.

Borrowing: Foreigners are required to bring their passport along to apply for a library card which is issued on the day itself. A deposit of 100 yuan (US$14.65) is needed for the library card which allows up to six books on loan at one time for a period of 30 days. If foreigners are working for a local company, they can produce the company letter and passport to apply for the library card with no need to place a deposit.

Address: 58 Jiefang Road E.. Tel: +86 571 86535111/ +86 571 8602 1000

City Balcony

Enjoy a stroll at City Balcony which overlooks Qiantang River, known for the world's largest tidal bores, or visit galleries which host various types of exhibitions. City Balcony is an enjoyable and peaceful spot for both young and old to relax in a modern lifestyle.

Address: Along Zhijiang Road.


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