A party weekend in Hangzhou

Hangzhou Travel Blog

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The crew on the bus on our way out

I arrived in Hangzhou and got to Amy’s school by 1pm.

We spent the afternoon chilling out, watching a movie, then it was time to head out for the evening.

Mexican Daniel, Ben and Ruby from UIBE along with Meg, Amy and myself jumped on the bus to head to a place called Maya’s for a great meal of burritos and nachos, washed down with pitchers of margaritas.  It set us up nicely before heading to Paradise to enjoy an evening with resident band, the Holy Moleys. 

The evening progressed much like it had the last time I was at Paradise....we enjoyed a few drinks, a dance, and sang along to the band before moving on to another place.

Amy and I at Paradise
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We walked to the bar 1828, but the place was really quiet.  We decided to stay for a beer and it wasn’t too long before we’d all given in to temptation and ordered the burgers!  I personally blame Daniel because he was the first to order!

We were in bed by 2am, so not a late night by China standards.

After a lovely lie-in, we went to a nearby town to grab some noodles for lunch.  There was a great amount of life on the streets which was good to watch as we sat slurping from our bowls.  It was intriguing to watch the seemingly endless stream of people buying raw sugar cane to chomp on as a tasty afternoon snack.

It was then time to do something cultural, so we made our way to the Lingyin Scenic Area, famous for the oldest temple in Hangzhou, the Yunlin Temple, and the largest sitting gold Buddha statue in China.

With Meg

It was a beautiful place but I was surprised how busy it was given it was low season – I was reminded that Hangzhou is considered the tourism capital of China so if anywhere would remain busy it would be here.

There were no less than 345 Buddhist stone-carvings, which were really beautiful, but I was amazed to spot the basketball court in the temple grounds – sadly no monks were on court at the time, which certainly would have been a unique sight!

We then took a cable car up the mountain to visit a small temple that sat on the top.  Sadly there was so much smog/fog, the view wasn’t great, but we managed to catch the end of prayer time which was interesting to watch.

After a struggle to get home (a lack of cabs due to time of day apparently), we quickly got ready to head out again.

Next stop was a Korean restaurant where we had a really tasty meal, which consisted of various meats cooked at the table, which we then dipped in a delicious sauce and wrapped in lettuce leaves.

With Daniel

The previous evening we’d been told about a Brit-themed party.  It sounded like an interesting option, so we made our way in search of the remote venue, Loft 24, which was an old factory that had been converted into an art space.

The feel was very much like that of a house party.  There were comfy seats, a fab open fire, snacks, free booze, live music and face paint!

The girls each decided to have a union jack painted on our faces, a look modelled by the guys minding the door.  Amazingly mine stayed unsmudged all evening, which is not what can be said for Ruby’s...

We sat playing drinking games for a while which got us warmed up, and it wasn’t too long before we were dancing around and singing along to Beatles tracks.

At some point in the evening I randomly discovered a Santa hat (well not that randomly given the proximity to Christmas), but it was covered in holes so wasn’t working as great head decoration.

The marvellous view from Amy's window
  So, being the creative person I am (not), the Santa Glove was born... I really felt I’d stumbled upon a new item of practical festive clothing as my drinking hand was kept nicely cosy as I clung to my cold Tsingdao.

The party finished around 2.30am, but we were still in the mood for dancing so went in search of a cab which proved marginally problematic.  By the time we eventually found one, Ruby had hit the wall, so Meg accompanied her home and Daniel, Ben, Amy and I went off to the Reggae Bar.

After more beer, dancing and a delicious pizza to curb the early morning drunken hunger pangs, we made our way out of the club. There was a massive fight breaking out, which indicated it was DEFINITELY a good time to leave and by this point it was 6am!  None of us knew where the time had gone but I was hugely impressed with our stamina!

When we arrived back at the apartments, the market stalls were already set up in the street.

Hangzhou street lift - sugar cane sellers
  Ben took pride in being the pancake seller’s first customer that morning!!

Clearly Sunday was a write-off.  We all got up late and I was sporting a stinking hangover.  We went to a great Teppanyaki restaurant for an all-you-can-eat and drink buffet for ¥150, so we completely gorged out.  A hair of the dog helped no end and the food was fantastic – the flaming bananas for desert were to die for!!

Sadly it was then time for me to head to the airport, so I said a rushed good bye and jumped in a cab.

I stayed in Beijing that evening to avoid the nightmare cab ride to Miyun which afforded me much less aggravation and an early night to bed.

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The crew on the bus on our way out
The crew on the bus on our way out
Amy and I at Paradise
Amy and I at Paradise
With Meg
With Meg
With Daniel
With Daniel
The marvellous view from Amys win…
The marvellous view from Amy's wi…
Hangzhou street lift - sugar cane …
Hangzhou street lift - sugar cane…
Chinese sweet roast potatoes - yum!
Chinese sweet roast potatoes - yum!
The entrance to Lingyin
The entrance to Lingyin
Buddhist stone carvings
Buddhist stone carvings
A laughing buddha at the Lingyin S…
A laughing buddha at the Lingyin …
More beautiful Buddhas
More beautiful Buddhas
Amy and I with a beautiful backdro…
Amy and I with a beautiful backdr…
The famous Buddha carving at Lingy…
The famous Buddha carving at Ling…
The temple at Lingyin
The temple at Lingyin
The Chinese visitors go crazy with…
The Chinese visitors go crazy wit…
Gold statue in the temple
Gold statue in the temple
Worshippers
Worshippers
Incense burners
Incense burners
Daniel and Ben on the cable car
Daniel and Ben on the cable car
Amy and I on the cable car
Amy and I on the cable car
The misty view from the cable car
The misty view from the cable car
The gold sitting buddha at the mou…
The gold sitting buddha at the mo…
Amy and I complete with union jacks
Amy and I complete with union jacks
Enjoying the night!
Enjoying the night!
Ben, Meg and Danel enjoy a game of…
Ben, Meg and Danel enjoy a game o…
Yes, we can all fit in this pictur…
Yes, we can all fit in this pictu…
Enjoy a drink with Santa glove
Enjoy a drink with Santa glove
Ben joins the band
Ben joins the band
Amy shows her Tsingdao some love
Amy shows her Tsingdao some love
With a new friend - names not impo…
With a new friend - names not imp…
Some things are like having your e…
Some things are like having your …
Ruby and her blue splodge
Ruby and her blue splodge
The gals
The gals
A happy (?) crew at Teppanyaki
A happy (?) crew at Teppanyaki
Yum - lovely food
Yum - lovely food
My flaming bananas
My flaming bananas
Hangzhou
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