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Hangzhou March 31 - April 1

We visit Hangzhou for a few days on the way to Hefei to catch our flight

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We woke up early, had breakfast and went out to do some quick shopping before we left for Hangzhou at around noon. I wanted to go check out the tea market and so that was our first stop after buying our bus tickets. The part of town where the tea market is located is heavily industrialized and thus it was hard to get a taxi to and from the shopping market. We ended up buying some Ningbo Tieh Guan Yin at a fairly reasonable price (not heap) so at least I could say we bought some tea. I was really interested in the Anchi Bia Cha (White Tea) but it was super expensive, running as much as 800 to 1000 yuan per kilo. I had to remind myself to look this tea up on the internet when we got back to Bangkok.

We finished our shopping, such as it was and caught our bus right on schedule. The trip to Hangzhou was a little over two hours. Arriving in Hangzhou we fell for one of the touts at the bus station who took us to the Hanting Express Hotel not far from West Lake. We paid double what we should have but . . . when one is unfamiliar with where things are, why not get a dumb looking truck to travel to the destination?

We were pretty tired so we took the rest of the afternoon off to rest.

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01_HangzhoufirstDay

This is the view from our hotel room in the later part of the afternoon.

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03_nightScene1

At sun down, we were out and about exploring the night life of this area of Hangzhou. Got some stuff to eat and walk around to get the feel of the area. Nice town. Very nice town!

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04_shop

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05_Snacks

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06_snack2

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07_Backtohotel

The above pictures are from our first visit to Hangzhou streets. We were both impressed with what we saw this first evening in town. We asked about the night market but got some really confusing directions. Even tried to find it but ended up in the really expensive shopping area. Maybe later we will be able to find it.

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08_VeryEarlywork

Early mourning view from our window. These people get up early!

We also got up early and headed in the direction of the famous West Lake. It did not take us long to find it, even at 0700 in the morning. The lake is absolutely beautiful. Everything one hears about the lake and more.

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09_Lakeboat

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10_Westview2

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11_LadyKF

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12_GuyKF

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13_Pearblossoms

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13_Trees

It probably took us two hours to walk just a few hundred yards. The lake had that many things to see and take pictures of. The Leifang Pagoda in the distance was especially nice. That is the direction we decided to head along the banks of the lake.

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14_PagodaView

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15_Pagodashot

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16_SuneeView1

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16_SunePagoda

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17_HDRPagoda

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18_Boatsonlake

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19_Riveropse

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20_NiceviewPagoda

As we got close to the pagoda, we saw a place that charged 5 Yuan to dress up in Chinese outfits for pictures. The Chinese really like to do this and so do we. Sunee chose what I thought was probably a Song Dynasty outfit (Southern Song Dynasty capital was Hangzhou).

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21_SongDynastySunee1

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22_SongDynastySunee2

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23_SongDynastySunee3

The pictures came out really great! I also took a time elapsed movie with the GoPro but it turned out very short.

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24_Friends

The Feilong Pagoda did not disappoint. The grounds were nice and the whole park area was professionally run and maintained. While taking pictures, I met this Tony who was a PhD student from Hunan visiting on summer holiday as were we. His English was excellent and so we had a great time talking about college life in China.

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24_Mepagoda

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25_Longjingteamaker

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26_CloudedTower

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26_ToTallBurner

I took about a hundred photos in and around the Feilang Pagoda. Inside the pagoda which had just recently been rebuilt, we found a travel agency advertising a tour to Xitang, an ancient water town not far from Hangzhou. We decided to take the tour the next day.

Sunee wanted to check out the art situation in Hangzhou since we found there was an art museum somewhere around the lake. We walked until we found it. It was very modern and very well managed. The exhibits, however, were a bit modern for Sunee's tastes.

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27_ArtMuseum

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28_Magic

While relaxing inside the museum and while Sunee shopped for some art supplies, I found this magic faucet suspended in midair with water flowing down. Took a great picture of it, didn't I?

We had walked more than we were used to so we went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for our Xitang adventure the next day.

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Posted by inchinahil 08:31 Archived in China Tagged china hangzhou west_lake zhejiang_province tourist_site feilong_pagoda art_museum Comments (0)

Hangzhou April 2 Evening

We visit the night market which turns out to be a huge tourist walking street not far from our hotel

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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.

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54_Onwaytonightmkt

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.

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55_Trolley

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.

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56-Familyinstone

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.

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57_XmasinApril

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!

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58_FriendTaiwan

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.

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59_Shopchop

The next hour we spent getting some chops made for Sunee. I think she bought four from this shop.

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60_ChopSeals

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60_ChopShop

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65_chopselection

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.

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66_Photographer

Now you know where my Facebook mug shot came from.

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67_Oldmandandchopper

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68_Rockchoppers

The above two pictures came out really well so I included them here.

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69_LongjingTea

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.

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70_WalkingTourArea

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71_GiftShopping

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72_HandicraftSt

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73_TeaShop

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74_Handicraft

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75_BigBuddha

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.

Posted by inchinahil 22:33 Archived in China Tagged shopping hangzhou zhejiang_province green_tea Comments (0)

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