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Orioles Singing in the Willows along West Lake

We were at the West Lake (西湖) again on our last morning in Hangzhou (杭州), having just arrived from Huangshan (黄山). It was a fine and cool morning, but not as cold as in Mount Huangshan. My wife and I took a stroll along Nanshan Road (南山路), where our hostel is located. These are scenery along the road.

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Beautiful arcades!

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Along Nanshan Road

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Vending machine for bike rental

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Bicycles for rent

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Beautiful peony flowers!

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Along Nanshan Road

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Carvings on the floor

Soon, we arrived at the entrance to Orioles Singing in the Willows (柳浪闻莺). Orioles Singing in the Willows is one of the 10 best known scenic spots in West Lake. It is located off the southeast bank of the lake and was once an imperial park in the Southern Song Dynasty (南宋).

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Signboard pointing to "Orioles Singing in the Willows"

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Entrance to the "Orioles Singing in the Willows"

Occupying a total area of approximately 21 hectares, the park is decorated with many green willow trees as the name suggests. One can also listen to pleasant orioles singing. Soon afterwards I realized that the orioles singing is repetitive, very much like recorded music. Indeed as I had not seen a single oriole since the moment I stepped into this park! Nonetheless, the stretch of lawn with pavilions and flower terraces inside the park make it one of the must see attractions if you come to Hangzhou.

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Many willow trees!

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Many willow trees!

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Willow trees by the lake

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Stone lion

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Flower terraces

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Carvings depicting "Orioles Singing in the Willows"

Just as we wanted to exit the park, I saw a female newspaper vendor on her motorbike roaring past us. This immediately pissed me off as no vehicle is supposed to be allowed inside the park! Not only she has posed threat to all pedestrians inside the park, she has also most probably damaged the fine carvings on the floor! I totally dislike this kind of jerk!

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No vehicle is allowed!

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Jerk!!

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It reads "Pedestrian Area"

I had dried bean curd stewed in five spices as breakfast before heading to Shanghai, ho ho ho!

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Bean curd stewed in 5 spices

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Our simple breakfast!

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