Huachen International Hotel
Travel Blogs from Hangzhou
... have before heading back to board the bus.
Impressions on West Lake was definitely one of the highlights of the BRIC trip. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the most famous director in China, Impressions was set on the lake, and combined visual arts with absurdly cool lighting effects. Basically we were seated outside amphitheater style, and had the whole lake lit up in front of us with different colors. Dancers would walk across the water, at one point ...
... hours later I got to the Hangzhou bus terminal where Triston, a young Chinese woman, greeted me. She called over a taxi for us to take to the hotel and it was already midnight. We arrived at the hotel (with no wifi!!) and I was told that because I came late ill be sleeping alone and wont meet anyone until tomorrow. This lack of welcome to China is definitely taking its toll. Feeling extremely homesick and just hope that this doesn’t set the tone for the rest of the ...
... a huge crowd watching and clapping along and taking photos!! Next we went to a restaurant called Grandmas Kitchen (where it is a 2 hour wait because it is the best place in town, we hadn't realised but one of the other guides hadn't come with us because he queued for the 2 hours to get us a table!) The food was really good (other than having the chicken head left in the pot of chicken....and ordering vegetable dishes for the ...
... to shade one's face on the onlookers). There are also some older Chinese people here to show off their talents from waltzing, salsa to opera and guitar playing. Despite the crowd building, the guitar player, bless him, is a calamity of missed notes and a dodgy backing track.
The heat is close and oppressive today and we stop several times around the lake on one of the many shady benches, also indulging in the largest ice cream I ...
- met up with Johnny Hoo, had a fantastic evening - American style dinner at a pub - yelling for the server to come over is an acceptable practice here - Johnny recommended looking into Hong Kong and Singapore - learned of Jamie's old nickname fagtard - hangzhou west lake area is absolutely fantastic, hands ...
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