沪杭 Pt III: Hangzhou

Pt I: Prologue
Pt II: 3K 831
Pt III: Hangzhou
Pt IV: Shanghai
Pt V: F1
Pt VI: The Long Way Home

The cab driver dropped us two blocks away from our hotel and it definitely wasn’t fun lugging 10 kg of milk powder in the chilly night.

Room 319

The beds

Front of hotel

Although showing its age, the hotel was exactly what one would expect of an Ibis. The toilet door was a bit weird though and we needed help to switch on TV. Travel partner was happy as long as hairdryer was provided.

Pedestrianized street where hotel is located

We set out to find breakfast the next morning and stumbled upon an alley of food stalls at one end of the pedestrianized Hefang Street.

Tofu for breakfast – too salty

In and around Hefang Street:-

Of Wong Fei Hung’s fame

Poodle wants breakfast too

The stalls opening up for business

Biscuit named after the fictional character 武大郎 Wu Dalang from 水浒传 Water Margin

Happy Buddha

We located a Hangzhou Public Bicycle kiosk at the western end of Hefang street and got two smart cards in order to use the bicycles. Each smart card requires a refundable deposit of 200 CNY and an initial top-up amount of 100 CNY.

Our plan for the day was simple enough; we would go around West Lake and stop whenever and wherever we wanted. Our first stop was at 柳浪聞鶯 (Orioles Singing in the Willows).

Cannot cycle in

Think these are willows

GF said I look like the stone lion

Rabbits

More willows

We were debating why there was a white coat of paint(?) around the lower part of the trunk

He gonna have a sore neck afterwards

Finally see West Lake

Building and immaculate lawn

Chinese Arches

Green

We happened to run into students on excursion.

What a din.

Students pinicking 1

Students picnicking 2

Mother hen with all her chicks

We decided to go inside West Lake Museum for washroom.

Model of West Lake

After washroom break we were back on the road, attempting to circumvent the lake in a clock-wise direction.

On the road

Instead of cycling on west side of the lake, we took a short-cut through the 3km long Su Causeway.

Our bicycles on Su Causeway

Flying Pigeon

Tranquil

There are many trams which ferried tourists around for a fee and they use the music from the movie Butterfly Lovers to warn pedestrians of their presence.

While cycling behind one, I witnessed a local tourist threw an apple core and then washed her hands with water. What’s wrong with her? Her sitting posture was not the finest too (aka like a boss) but as much as I want to , gf warned me not to post the picture here. Shame really.

More pictures taken from Su Causeway:-

Then you see it…

…now you don’t

Gf called it the floating pavilion

Still and calm on the west side

On the north end of Su Causeway stands the temple dedicated to Yue Fei, a famous Chinese general from the Southern Song Dynasty.

Yue Fei

Yue Fei Temple (from outside)

We were famished by then and lunch was at a local chain.

咬不得

Humble lunch of noodles, rice (not in pic) and 生煎包

I can imagine how difficult it is to survive in Hangzhou on this salary

After lunch we decided to explore the western side of the lake on foot.

Su Causeway

Mandarin ducks

Wuxia film feel

Both of us were wearing converses and she came up with the insta-tag #converse-ations

#converse-ations 1

#converse-ations 2

More of West Lake:-

Red & green

Calming

Most of the afternoon was spent leisurely at one of the coolest Starbucks in the world.

星巴克咖啡

After scone and coffee, we couldn’t find any bicycles at the kiosk near Yue Fei Temple and had to walk along the northern shore instead.

Saw a group of Chinese photographers shooting away and decided to take the same pics as them.

Result:-

Image no. 1

Image no. 2

Image no. 3

Image no. 4

The pictures turned out to be quite nice.

She said she looked like the mascot

There were two routes along the northern shore and we chose the one through Gushan Island.

Boat belonging to famous restaurant 楼外楼; she called it floating palace

We made our way to the bicycle rental office near Longxiangqiao Metro Station where we got back the refund of our bicycle rental card. Net spending on transport for both of us was 1 CNY.

Dinner was surprisingly good in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant between Longxiangqiao metro station and our hotel. We stumbled upon it and she remarked that her fried rice (10 CNY) was of Din Tai Fung standard. I liked my 8 CNY noodles too. Easily the best meal of the trip.

Saw this during our evening walk after meal:-

Lacoste-wannabe

This concluded our day in Hangzhou…

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