A party weekend in Hangzhou
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I arrived in Hangzhou and got to Amyâ€™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 Mayaâ€™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.
We walked to the bar 1828, but the place was really quiet. We decided to stay for a beer and it wasnâ€™t too long before weâ€™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.
It was a beautiful place but I was surprised how busy it was given it was low season â€“ 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 â€“ 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 wasnâ€™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.
The previous evening weâ€™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 Rubyâ€™s...
We sat playing drinking games for a while which got us warmed up, and it wasnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t working as great head decoration.
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.
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 Â¥150, so we completely gorged out. A hair of the dog helped no end and the food was fantastic â€“ 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.