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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 [...]

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Impression West Lake

One can stroll along the Su Causeway (苏堤) and bewildered by the beauty of West Lake (西湖) during the day time in Hangzhou (杭州). At night, one should go to see Impression West Lake (印象西湖), a spectacle of dance, light, music and theatrics staged entirely upon West Lake itself! This is [...]

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Get Around in Hangzhou

Jam thinks that the best way to get around Hangzhou (杭州) is by bus. This is because Hangzhou has an extensive bus network. But one must be able to read Chinese to ride buses with ease in Hangzhou, or else you have to ask the locals. During our time in Hangzhou, we stayed in Hangzhou [...]

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Curved Yard & Lotus Pool in Summer, West Lake

If you want to visit China, West Lake (西湖) in Hangzhou (杭州) is a place you would not want to miss out. A famous poet during the Southern Song Dynasty (南宋), Su Dongpo (苏东坡) once compared the beauty of West Lake to Xishi (西施) in his poem:

“Rippling waters shimmering on a sunny day; Misty [...]

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Strolling Along Scenic Su Causeway & Fish Viewing at the Flower Harbor

After beholding the beauty of West Lake (西湖) which is just situated next to our hostel, we set out for Su Causeway (苏堤). Su Causeway is one of the 3 causeways which subdivide West Lake into 5 smaller lakes. I chose Su Causeway ahead of Bai Causeway (白堤) simply because it is [...]

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Strolling Along West Lake, Hangzhou

Since our hostel was just inches away from the world renowned West Lake (西湖), we decided to take a stroll along the bank of the West Lake on our second day in Hangzhou. West Lake is a very big freshwater lake in the western area of Hangzhou city center (杭州市). It is perhaps [...]

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Where to Stay in Hangzhou

Where to stay in Hangzhou? We arrived at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (杭州萧山国际机场) at approximately 2300. We were approached by a friendly young man inside the arrival hall. He offered to bring us in his cab to our hostel at Chinese Yuan 120, if I remember correctly. I took the offer as this is the [...]

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