Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
70Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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After our consumption of a very southern flavor meal, we went to rent our bicycles. We returned to the exact same location as in December, the kiosk right outside Orioles Singing in the Willows. The process was quite quick, we plopped down our 300 RMB deposit each and received our bicycle cards. The system would give us a free hour of rental, then charge 1 RMB for the second hour, 2 RMB for the third hour and so forth
With our bicycles in hand, we took the advice of our roommate and headed towards Taiziwan Park where she said there were many flowers in bloom. Along the way, we encountered much traffic in the form of pedestrians and other bicyclists going in all directions. We stopped to take some photos of Leifeng Pagoda from a distance and then at the turtle pond near the pagoda itself. We finally reached Taiziwan Park only to find it swarmed with tourists and wedding couple everywhere taking photos. We were unable to return our bikes to a kiosk so we locked them up and left them on the sidewalk while we entered the park. Inside the park, it was a cameraman's delight with so many subjects from the forms of blooming flowers, to children running along playing, to cosplayers and wedding couples. We also ran into a little boy fully dressed up to impress any girl who happened to come across his way. He was definitely a happy little boy willing to pose for photos. We also spotted young artists exhibiting their artistic skills with canyons by drawing the scenery of the park.
After feasting our eyes on the wonderful park we set off to find our bicycles along the sidewalk
We needed to return to the hostel in order to sort out our missing 5th bed for the second night of our trip. When placing the hostel booking, I was only able to secure 5 beds on the first night, 4 beds on the second night and 5 beds again on the final night. When checking in, they wanted us to return the second day to see if David could be placed in the existing room or be moved to a different room for the night. It was already after the checkout period when David and I went up to the front counter. Surprisingly they allowed David to stay in the same room as us without any reservations. Problem solved, easy as cake, so we went for lunch. As expected, we had another meal with beggar's chicken. However we elected to dine at the adjacent restaurant from yesterday's lunch. The meal was not as satisfying as the first day, but it was enough to fill our bellies.
Since arriving in Hangzhou, I was already pleased by viewing its natural beauty and devouring its delicious cuisine
After visiting the museum and utilizing its restrooms we searched for a tea house to purchase some tea leaves. However the prices at tea houses based at the museum were incredibly inflated even as if they were government sponsored. We decided to try the tea shop down the street. We were quickly welcomed in and seated for tea, however something ran amok as the employee began to feel offended by us. My suspicions were she did not feel we were serious enough on purchasing the tea leaves. After a short while, things calmed down and we ended up purchasing one small box of tea, about 300 grams worth. We took cabs back to the hostel to prepare for our evening event, Impressions Hangzhou.
We dressed in several layers as the performance was scheduled to take place at 7:45PM on the northwest section of West Lake