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We left sunny Shanghai and travelled along the freeway for a few hours to reach the ancient historical capital of Hangzhou, one of 8 capitals in China's history and the home of our sister school, No14 Hangzhou Middle School.
We arrived and were invited to join the senior students celebrate International Day in the school Gym. The students ...
... an expensive souvenir!
As we wound our way up a narrow, steep path, our guides described some of the history of tea culture and told stories of local folklore of which there are always many! One of them tells as follows: Longjing tea was granted the status of "Imperial tea", in Qing Dynasty by Chinese emperor Kangxi. According to the legend, Kangxi's grandson Qianlong visited West Lake during one of his famous holidays.
He went to the Hu Gong Temple under the ...
... was delicious. I have learned that the beauty of the Chinese meal is that it is served family style with several dishes you can pick and choose from. Most times, at the very least, there is some rice dish that will work. No, I did not try the duck tongue, and I also passed on the stinky tofu which was featured at dinner!
After lunch we hopped back on the bus and drove past several lakes where we saw the mussel farmers on the lake in their boats "planting “the mussels ...
Barely took any photos in Hangzhou as it ****** it down most of the time we were there but here are a few. Hangzhou isn't much of a wintery place really as most of the activities are based around the lake. We attempted to walk around it on my birthday but got soaked through so went to a silk museum instead. I told you it was three wet and wild girls let loose in China...We made up for the ****** weather by going for some real nice food at a restaurant called Grean Tea restaurant though. ...
... and concluded the short trip with a trip to the Indoor/outdoor market. This place has all the freshest veggies, meats, spices, and even rows of flea market like stalls which sell everything you can think of. I bought a bunch of ingredients for a Filapino style ground pork and black bean chili which I plan to put together in a couple hours.