Hangzhou is located in Zhejiang Province in East China. We got there from Shanghai by fast train (it is 176 km away), and you can see it in the picture below. It was the first time when experience this kind of a travel. Certainly it was quick and very comfortable. What was very surprising to me, is that the train station in Shanghai reminded me more of European airports. This was not only because at the entrance you needed to go through the detailed security check, but also due to its size. It was just a huge place full of travelers. We bought the tickets on-line prior to our departure, what made the trip less stressful.
The city is mostly famous for its historic places and nature, for Chinese people it serves as a holiday destination. One of the most famous sites is the West Lake, which is a huge lake surrounded by green parks and forests. The weather was mostly cloudy while we were visiting, but even despite that, the views were very impressive. The first thing we did, was to walk through the park by the lake, with traditional Chinese pavilions and garden houses around. The place was so green that we could not see where it ends.
Close to the bridge we saw the gold fish shoal, waiting for a piece of bread from the passers by.
We could see beautiful boats sail-on the lake and also pagoda on the other side of the lake, which we visited as well.
We visited The Six Harmonies Pagoda which is located on Yuelun Mountain, and it has about 60m of height. We could enjoy a beautiful view of the Qiantang River from the top; however we had to put some effort to climb it.
Another place that we went to visit was a Buddhist Temple of Soul’s Retreat, where we could see amazing statues of Buddha.
Personally, I was amazed by the Lingyin Buddha Temple, as it was very special due to its location. I think that the pictures can say more than the words.
Then we decided to visit a tea plantation, where we could learn about the process of growing and harvesting tea leaves, and also buy some good quality green tea.
The next day, we went to see the old part of the city. In the picture you can see Qinghefang Ancient Street, which is the only well-preserved part of the ancient city.
Police officers drinking green tea.
We took a walk from there to the oldest pharmacy in the city- Baohetang Pharmacy, where we could watch how the Chinese medicines are being prepared on the spot, upon handing in the doctor’s prescription. The pharmacy is about 1000 years old!
More about trip to China soon…