We visit the night market which turns out to be a huge tourist walking street not far from our hotel
02.04.2011 - 02.04.2011 64 °F
It took us three full days to find the night market we had heard so much about. Was this a problem with Sunee's Chinese or just lousy directions. We finally found it this evening and it was only three blocks from our hotel. The way was easy and had some interesting things along the way.
The road leading to the night market was filled with upscale department stores and speciality shops that sold jewelry, branded clothes and upscale restaurants. Very clean and very modern.
About two blocks from the night market we found this old trolly. We were in Hangzhou a little off season but it looked like this thing was used to carry tourist to and from the night market.
This carved family scene was also within two blocks of the night market. It was very impressive with a lot of detail. Is this a Chinese extended family? It looked like it from what we saw.
It was April and the Christmas signs were still out. See, they celebrate Christmas everywhere in China. Wonder why it is such a problem in the States? PC PC PC PC PC. No such problems exist in Thailand either which is 95% Buddhist. Ignorance comes before the falll!
We met Jenny Cheng almost immediately upon starting our night market walk She was an American (parents originally from Taiwan) and working in Shanghai. She was a newly-minted architecture. Her last name is the same as Sunee's. She was eating a grilled squid which looked good but weird. When she saw me looking at it she said in perfect American English - "Do you want one? They are just down the road and are cheap." Surprised, I then visited with her about her Americanism. She was wonderful, smart and sweet so I had to get her picture for this blog.
The next hour we spent getting some chops made for Sunee. I think she bought four from this shop.
The lady "chopper" had a great selection of chops to chose from and she did not mind me taking all the pictures I wanted. We had a great time watching her work and visiting with her about art and chops.
Now you know where my Facebook mug shot came from.
The above two pictures came out really well so I included them here.
Hangzhou is the birth place of the number one tea in China - Dragon Well Green Tea or Longjing Cha. Expensive, yes but I talked Sunee into buying a few kilo.
As you can see from the above pictures, the night market in Hangzhou did not disappoint. It is large, bustling with lots to see, eat and shop. This was a highlight of our stay in Hangzhou.