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.
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.
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.
In and around Hefang Street:-
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).
We happened to run into students on excursion.
What a din.
We decided to go inside West Lake Museum for washroom.
After washroom break we were back on the road, attempting to circumvent the lake in a clock-wise direction.
Instead of cycling on west side of the lake, we took a short-cut through the 3km long Su Causeway.
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:-
We were famished by then and lunch was at a local chain.
After lunch we decided to explore the western side of the lake on foot.
Both of us were wearing converses and she came up with the insta-tag #converse-ations
More of West Lake:-
Most of the afternoon was spent leisurely at one of the coolest Starbucks in the world.
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.
The pictures turned out to be quite nice.
There were two routes along the northern shore and we chose the one through Gushan Island.
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:-
This concluded our day in Hangzhou…