at West Lake, created by award-winning director Zhang Yimou and musician Kitaro. Peak Flown in from Afar and Lingyin Temple are well-known for Buddhist carvings. Hangzhou is among the six oldest cities in China and is the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest canal ever built in the world. Boating on the old Canal is one of the best ways to get a panoramic view of river towns, with ancient dwellings, traditional stone bridges, and historical relics. Explore Chinese culture at the museums of tea, silk and Chinese medicine.