This is the first time I visit to Hang Zhou 杭州 , China. Like I mention in my previous post, by judging it’s Airport Terminal, I’ve already have some high expectations over the development of this city.
Our tour guide, Xiao Yuan tells us some great stories of china. I cited up here one of the Chinese sayings, 生在苏州, 活在杭州, 吃在广州, 死在柳州. I roughly translate it, born in Su Zhou, Live in Hang Zhou, Eat in Guang Zhou, Die in Liu Zhou. So why is that live in Hang Zhou? That’s because Hang Zhou is popular of its beautiful scenery. A lot of them find it peaceful to stay here compare to other developed city. In fact, they are very proud to be part of Hang Zhou.
The main tourist attractions in Hang Zhou would be the Westlake 西湖。It’s not only attracted tourist but during the public holidays and weekends the locals would get around. The city is build around the lake, which is around 600 hectares and there’s a lot of scenic place around which are worth for visits.
Our 1st destination of the day will be taking a boat ride around Westlake. It’s around 4′c and everyone of us were challenging the coldness with the rain!
The lake itself is very big, but by taking the boat, we can view up all the scenic spots and the tour guide will give us a little knowledge of the love legend of Westlake. Seriously, I can’t recall of what I’ve heard.
By walking distance, we reach another attractions, 雷峰塔 , a pagoda which is built along the Westlake. There’s of course another historical story of this pagoda, but cut the crap, we are taking the lift and going up to the 4th floor. The great scenic view of the lake was really awesome.
Shortly, it reach lunch time. I’m a bit worry of the food in China. You know, there’s always article saying that food in china were processed by unknown materials. We shouldn’t bother much, and I have faith with the travel agent they don’t dare to play fishy here. Isn’t it?
We were brought to this restaurant which is also located by the lake. The eating hall looks grand, but dishes ain’t giving good appetite. Maybe this is our first meal in China, we haven’t get used to the food.
1. It’s too salty
2.It’s too oily
3. Food ingredients are weird
4. The portion are damn HUGE
5. Their fish has a lot of BONES
Out of the above, actually we do enjoy the meal. Every meal, we would have at least 8 dishes on the table. Non of the meal we could finish up the whole portions.
Let’s continue our Westlake journey to the long bridge 长桥. According to Xiao Yuan, this is a lover’s bridge. So he advise us to cross the bridge by holding our partner’s hand tightly. Sweet & Romantic right? Not only that, it was still raining, we were walking under the rain and crossing the bridge. <3
After the heavy lunch, Xiao Yuan told us that the afternoon programs were mostly by foot and there’s a hill to climb. What? In such cold weather, you expect us to climb hills? He must be kidding right?
We did take a 40 mins walk around the lake, surrounded with beautiful peach blossoms.. I’ve almost forgotten the cold. Do you like the flowers? Let’s have a closer look
Hope you like it
The whole group of us refuse to go up to the hill, in fact we ask the tour guide, what could we see from the hill? He answered us, “West lake”. Enough, we had enough of westlake. So just take a photo at the entrance and we proceed to other places. At least we’ve been here, Gu Shan 孤山。
The next destination would be the “岳王庙” , the Temple of Yue Fei.
There’s some old folks story, but I’m totally blank of these. Alex knows better, he’s interested with all the historical stories.
It’s almost 5pm. Near to closing time.
Before we proceed to Dinner, we have a little street walk again by the lake. The whole day program was totally all about the West Lake. There’s nothing much here, just crossing some streets, and take some pictures. Our dinner were somewhere nearby, so around 6pm we proceed to have dinner.
This time, the restaurant looks a bit classy. It’s on the 2nd floor inside a building.
As what we’ve been told, the signature dish in Hang Zhou are the dong po rou 东坡肉 and Jiao Hua Ji 叫花鸡。 However, Xiao Yuan says that tonight they are unable to provide us, I don’t know what’s the reason behind. What to do, just eat what is provided. The size of the prawn are really pitiful. In Sarawak, we don’t eat such a small prawn, we’ll put it into dishes as side ingredients.
After dinner, we were given self activities hour. Of course it’s shopping time.
I did not get myself anything, I don’t know why, perhaps its just not my shopping mood?
We were back to Hotel around 8.30pm. The night is still young, but someone will grow older over this night.
We celebrated Robert’s birthday in his hotel room. It was suppose to be a birthday surprise, but so sorry, I spoiled their initiatives :p
Nvm, as long as everyone is happy, we did enjoy the moment!
Lastly, a closing to this post.
Our late night supper. This is is a Muslim Beef Ramen shop. Unbelievable that we found out Muslim shops in China.
We’re going to visit the most popular Long Jin Tea 龙井茶 factory tomorrow. See ya!