Eastern China Relaxing Trip day 6
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Eastern China Relaxing Trip day 6
28/12/06 Shanghai Train Station, Hangzhou, West Lake, nice hostel
We're going to Hangzhou today!! By the bad experience in our Suzhou trip last time, we bought the tickets a day before to prevent any uncertainty of the train tickets.
Our train supposed to arrive at 10am, we're a bit hurried to catch the train, so we didn't have time to have a proper breakfast, so we just bought some random food and took it on train. I didn't know why we were all very hungry in every morning.
Unfortunately, our train was delayed for more than an hour. Our trains were so on time last time in our Suzhou trip, and Michelle told me the train in Mainland China was quite on time, so it's an abnormal event, and we blamed for Alban!!!!
We took a taxi to the hostel immediately, but when we were on the middle of our way, I realized that we forgot to buy our return tickets, that's really bad, we had to return back to the station. The hostel we booked was near the famous tourist spot- West Lake but it's quite far away from the train station. Luckily, I printed out the map, so the driver could drive we to the hostel, you couldn't believe that the taxi drivers in mainland weren't that professional, they didn't the directions at all.
After settling down everything, we started to explore the beautiful West Lake.
West Lake (西湖) is a famous fresh water lake located in central Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of eastern China.
The lake is divided by three causeways called Su Di (蘇堤) , Bai Di (白堤), and Yanggong Di (楊公堤).
The West Lake is said to be the incarnation of Xi Shi(西施), one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Hence, since ancient times, the West Lake was associated with a large number of romatic poets, profound philosophers, national heroes and heroines.
Bilingual introduction video:
This video was taken by me!
This video was taken by Alban, it's rare to find me in the video.
We walked around the West lake and wished to walk back to the hostel, but the sun had gone so quick and we were really cold and starving, but guess what?? We couldn't find any good restaurant by walking more than 20 minutes. Eventually, we ended up in a little family-owned restaurant. Believe it or not, I love going to this kind of restaurant, the food is always good and cheap. Perhaps, it's the first time of Alban to eat in this kind of nasty restaurant ( I guess he felt this before entering it), so he wasn't that willing to eat in there. However, after finishing our dinner, we're all satisfied, the food were so delicious and cheap.
It's only around 7pm when we finished our dinner, we had neither nothing to nor nowhere to go due to the cold weather, so we just jumped on the cab and back to hostel to sleep for a while. We had slept for around 2-3 hours, I guess we could sleep until next morning if we continued to sleep. However, I think it'd be kind of wasteful if we slept for the whole night, and there were plenty of bars and clubs nearby, so we got up and put as much cloth as possible on to go out. In comparing to the clubs/bars in HK and Shanghai, clubs/bars in hangzhou weren't that nice, so we didn't enter any club/bar but we bought some drinks and snack back to the hostel.
I love this photo which was taken by me. This is the common area of our hostel, the African girl was studying in Hangzhou, she fell asleep after drinking too much. We wanted to watch a movie before, and this girl gave us advice about the cinema, and the answer was no way because it's too late. She looked at Alban in a way that she liked him, wah...Alban was lucky, but they didn't talk furthermore.
Alban taught us how to play "Go (the board game)", it's kind of a fun game and the principle isn't that difficult, so we all knew how to play in that night.
We went back to sleep around 12am, our room had a little window on the roof, this is my dream room, I always want to have a bedroom like that because I love to watch the stars on sky until I fall asleep. Unfortunately, there was no star on that night.