Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center
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I have finally reached Hangzhou. As the capital of the mighty Song Dynasty this city is the most advanced and splendid in the world. The city itself is very large, I would say nearly one hundred miles. Hangzhou is very different than any other city I have seen on the Silk Road because it is far larger and more advanced. The city has thousands of stone bridges as well as thousands of baths. Many other cities have baths ...
After a few weeks we have finally arrived in Hangzhou. It is by far the most beautiful city I have come across yet! From everything including many of the Buddhists such as Lingyin (which had a giant gold statue of the Buddha and tons of wood carvings), and the Liuhe Pagoda, (which does not seem to be as impressive after seeing the Iron Pagoda, but it is still a sight to behold), to the West Lake, (which puts the Five ...
... of the emperors, who made six trips from Beijing to Hangzhou just for the tea, each trip lasting six months.
I also realized that the Germans have it totally wrong by using just one word for leafy tea (green, oolong or black) and infusion tea – it’s all Tee to them. But technically real tea is only derived from the tea plant so only the former should be referred to as ...
... We shared a boat with 2 more Chinese girls and enjoyed the scenic ride around the 3 points and in view of Leifeng Pagoda, the weather was extremely humid however and the boat owner’s large fans came in very useful.
Next stop was the impressive 5 storey Leifeng Pagoda where the Chinese have even installed escalators and a lift so we could enjoy the awesome views without breaking a sweat for once! In the evening we returned to ...
... up and continued on his way. The poor girl was assisted by two of her friends and seemed ok - but with no Chinese I could only go by the body language.
Finding a bakery we purchased some lunch and rode down to the lakeside to sit and take in the views before returning the bikes for 2.30pm. The afternoon was free and Gareth wanted to take the bus to the 'Laughing ...