Romantic City in the Rain

Hangzhou Travel Blog

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Shaoxing - a Chinese Venice? (Shaoxing is about a 3-hour-train-ride away from Houngzhou)
Hangzhou is actually quite a nice place. It’s a huge city, but also very romantic with it’s West-Lake – European or even American honeymooners travel to Paris, Chinese go to Hangzhou…
Very interesting is one museum – an old pharmacy. We learned about traditional Chinese medicine and especially it’s cures, nothing very special, who doesn’t use dried gall bladder or placenta or serpent skin every once in a while…
Anyway, the West-Lake is a very nice scenery for T’ai Chi or various dances, I didn’t care waking up at five in the morning and take the bike over to the West-Lake, I’ve never experiences such a flair, neither in Europe nor the other places I have travelled. For breakfast we returned to the hotel, afterwards we started our tour. The bikes were much to small, it was raining and the road to the tea-plantation went uphill… passing a mile-long tunnel was also a new experience. Since the rain didn’t stop our lunch break extended to more than three hours. Of course we couldn’t wait for our tour guide and the last of the group, so we kept our speed on our way back. We even had decided to wait for the others none came. When we finally arrived at the hotel, we weren’t the first – our tour guide new a shortcut and the group that tried to follow us ended up getting lost in downtown (they arrived an our later).
Two things were left in Hangzhou, visiting another Buddhist-monastery and the trip to the airport…

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Shaoxing - a Chinese Venice?
(Sha…
Shaoxing - a Chinese Venice? (Sh…
Cookshop in Shaoxing
Cookshop in Shaoxing
Callygraphy in Shaoxing
Callygraphy in Shaoxing
Pharmacy in the Old Town
Pharmacy in the Old Town
Fan Dance is done like Tai Chi i…
"Fan Dance" is done like Tai Chi …
Yes, a lot of Chinese do dance - e…
Yes, a lot of Chinese do dance - …
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Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
Buddhist-monastery in Hangzhou
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photo by: sophiefbs