This is the most heavy snow in 6 years of Hangzhou!! Really cool~really cold...
Fondest memory: More and more pieces of snow flying in the sky.I felt cold but happy~~My friend and I ran in the wind.We laughed in the white flowers.
Hangzhou city's municipal website, not quite as sterile as most in China, has a good city tourist map and also a map of Greater Hangzhou.
In true "let's not think this thing out completely" style, the city tourist map is let down by having everything completely translated into English, which means that it cannot be used to show to most taxi-drivers or even passers-by!
The map shows road names and the ten great "sights" of Hangzhou, but no other useful places, so has limited value "in the field". A good initiative though.
The map of Greater Hangzhou is actually extremely useful if used in combination with more detailed maps.
Favorite thing: The art of tea leaves frying. Becareful it is real hot. They say that this guy has got "iron sand palm" to withstand such heat. The oil from the leaves are used to fry the leaves thus giving a flavour to the green tea leaves.
Fondest memory: Inside a gigantic swastika-shaped building at Lingyin Si, there reside many golden sculptures like the one you see here, which shows a man holding a lotus flower... Notice the woodwork of the window also echoes the swastika motif... In Buddhism, the swastika can represent resignation and has connotations of good fortune...
West Lake is the main tourist attraction in Hangzhou. Never miss this picturesque lake. Allow yourself ample time to take a stroll or cruise on the lake. Then only you can appreciate the various beauty of West Lake as described by Marco Polo.
You may see a different West Lake if you come during dawn / dusk. Every view is simply breathtaking. Enjoy yourself !
Fondest memory: Every single view in West Lake is so captivating...
Favorite thing: On another day I saw a bronze board before a cypress. This tree is seeded by chief of a Japan delegation for friendship between Japanese and Chinese. It tells us we must look ahead for peace and keep friendship.
Fondest memory: Recently l saw two monuments showing the change of an era. A statue stands on shore of West Lake. It is for died soldier in Shanghai in the war against Japan aggression. In that fight they heavy losses on enemies and themselves died over 2000. It tells us do not forget history.
Favorite thing: In capital of ancient China, on city center axle must build a bell tower or a drum tower. So did in Hangzhou – the South Song Dynasty. Unfortunately Hangzhou drum tower was destroyed in period of The Culture Revolution. Currently it is rebuilt at original position with original style. There is a museum in this monument and relating thing about old drum tower and treasures in it.
Fondest memory: Lingyin Si, sometimes translated as "temple of the soul's retreat", was originally built in the year 326 A.D.... This is a HUGE Buddhist temple complex, probably the biggest I've ever seen, apart from the great Javanese wonder of Borobodur itself...! Pictured here is Lingyin Si's largest Buddha statue, a 20 meter high camphor wood colossus!
Fondest memory: Becky and I had a delicious dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Friendship Hotel in downtown Hangzhou... This restaurant has a combination of Asian and Western cuisines available on the menu, and most surprising of all, they served us a big pitcher of tangy, very tasty SANGRIA!!
Fondest memory: Couldn't make out the bats in the previous photo of me at West Lake...? Here is a close-up version, zeroing in on one of the bats...! These notorious winged mammals are nocturnal and come out at night to hunt for various insects that make up their diet... Did you know that bats are the only mammals that can fly...? And of course, everyone knows that bats use sonar and echolocation in order to fly at night... In China, bats are considered lucky...
Favorite thing: Becky took this photo of me standing alongside West Lake at night... If you click on this photo and look very carefully, you might be able to spot one or two bats swooping around above my head...! Haha! Bats live around the area of West Lake and can sometimes be seen flying about the area... But they were no trouble, and actually rather amusing...!
Fondest memory: The best part of my trip to Hangzhou was meeting Becky (VT member coral0317)... She lives in Hangzhou and offered to show me around the city during my travels there... Becky is an absolutely adorable girl, very pleasant company, and a great guide...! Meeting her added a touch of local flavor and hospitality that made my stay extra special...
Favorite thing: Xi Hu, called "West Lake" in English, is probably the most famous lake in China and the centerpiece of Hangzhou... It is a huge lake, which includes islands and causeways, approximately 3 km by 3 km in dimensions... In this photo, Becky (VT member coral0317), stands next to one of the stone bridges that cross West Lake, at night...
Fondest memory: Along the way to the Lingyin Si temple complex, you will pass many stone sculptures carved right into the rocky side of the nearby hills such as the jubilant Buddha that you see in the photo here... There are dozens of these types of sculptures, and a series of elaborate pathways connects them together...