Lugano, lying on Lake Lugano, is the ninth largest city in Switzerland. Located in the hub of southern and northern Europe, the city has a convenient traffic and a temperate micro-climate, as well as picturesque landscapes, making it one of the most famous tourist attractions in Switzerland.
The ever-popular Lake Lugano is 48.9 square kilometers in size. The water is generally warm with average temperatures in the summer about 23 ℃. The lake is surrounded by small fishing villages and old castles, stretching to the pastures on the nearby mountains.
Lugano is a typical Swiss city with beautiful scenery, varied cultures and artistic heritages. It also offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities such as tennis, golf, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, surfing, gliding, skiing and other sports programs.
Date of establishment of sister-city relations with Hangzhou: October 12, 2012