Donghai Bank Holiday Hotel
Travel Blogs from Zhoushan
Travelled from Amsterdam to Hongkong on Cathay Pacific airlines. After a 4 hour stop over, boarded a Dragon air plane to Ningbo. This was a shorter 1:55 hour flight. The local driver was waiting in his Chinese VW car. We drove for 1 hour to the Ferry station. Then caught the ferry to Zhoushan Island. The trip car and passenger ferry took 30 minutes. After leaving the ferry, 20 mins later we arrive at the Jinwangjiao Hotel. ...
... restaurant hosts who assured me I was headed the right way, and then after awhile large signs in Chinese and English, pointed the way. I checked with another gentleman and then a young couple. They, in Chinese, said "Come with us," although I couldn't tell you now how to say that.
In a large waiting room the gentleman beside me made eye contact and nodded "Ni hao." I "Ni hao-ed" back and we shared a suspended moment of ...
... memories that don't collect to a whole lot, but in some creative way, are part of the whole picture. Such as...
-seeing designer pantyhose worn with sneakers
-McDonald's delivery scooters
-Starbucks, Costa Coffee, KFC, McDonald's and Pizza Hut all over downtown Shanghai
-no spitting until the boat ride
-no smoking until the boat ride
-a few hawkers who shout, "Shopping! Watches! Purse!" but ...
... in many ways is a chapel. When one goes to a church they can pray in separate areas. The same thing happens in Buddhism. For that reason when visiting a Buddhist temple expect to stay there for a few hours. The bigger the temple the longer you will be there. Even if you want to get through fast it will still take time to walk all the way through.
The weather at Putuoshan during the weekend was not that great. ...
*side note: Shan= mountain
Putuoshan is one of those places that everyone dreams about. It's the Chinese fantasy that every tourist thinks of when reading about China. The Buddhist Island I visited over the weekend is an example of China long tradition of Buddhism.
When visiting the island one gets a sense of how China’s Buddhist tradition has remained free from the ideals of New China. Putoshan is an ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking