Workers clad bright orange suits spent the week scrubbing the streets spotless in this city of more than 8 million people ahead of the looming G-20 summit.
Building facades have also been spruced up, roads newly paved and piles of garbage removed from sidewalks in areas that world leaders and other foreign visitors might never even see.
Colorful "Welcome to Hangzhou" posters are plastered across downtown and billboard signs remind residents that their home is a city of "warm hospitality" that is "civilized and polite."
The multi-million-dollar makeover is only one way that Chinese officials aim to ensure the city is remembered precisely like that.
The government implemented tighter security measures at airports, train stations, ports and on highways leading into Hangzhou — as part of new anti-terror regulations for large events that were introduced in January.
As President Barack Obama arrived in Hangzhou Saturday for his 10th G-20 meeting and 11th visit to Asia since taking office in 2009, the Chinese government hopes to highlight its standing as a global economic power.
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