IDCS 2013 will be held in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, in the Zhejiang province, China. Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It is often known as one of the most beautiful cities in China, also ranking as one of the most scenic cities. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, tourism remains an important factor for Hangzhou's economy. One of Hangzhou's most popular sights is the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The West Lake Cultural Landscape covers an area of 33 km2 (3,323 hectares) and includes some of Hangzhou's most notable historic and scenic places. Adjacent to the lake is a scenic area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills. There are two causeways across the lake.
Hangzhou is served by the
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which provides direct service to
many international destinations such as Germany, Thailand, Australia, Japan,
Korea, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Singapore, and the Netherlands.
Regional routes reach Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It has an extensive domestic
route network within the mainland China and is consistently ranked top 10 in
passenger traffic among Chinese airports.
Hangzhou sits on the intersecting point of some of the busiest rail corridors in China. The city's main station is Hangzhou Railway Station (colloquially the "City Station"). There are frequent departures for Shanghai with approximately 20-minute headways from 6:00 to 21:00. Non-stop high speed service between Hangzhou and Shanghai takes 45 minutes and leaves every hour (excluding a few early morning/late night departures) from both directions. Direct trains link Hangzhou with more than 20 cities, including 4 daily services to Beijing (1650 km), more than 45 daily services to Shanghai (200 km) and it reaches as far as Ürümqi.