November 9: Weekend in Hangzhou

I have been in China for close to three months now and obviously, there’s a lot of things I haven’t done yet. One of those things was leaving Shanghai. I literally had never left the city, so I decided to change that. This past weekend (Wednesday and Thursday), I went to Hangzhou. (Get ready for so many pictures)

IMG_9722Hangzhou is only an hour away from Shanghai by train. On Wednesday morning, I left my apartment bright and early and boarded the train. I arrived in Hangzhou mid-morning and decided to walk around for a while before finding my hostel. It was so surprisingly different from Shanghai. While it’s still a large city, there are many areas of only “Old China” and many areas that are preserved for nature.

One of the things that drew me to Hangzhou over some of the other cities near Shanghai was the lake. In the middle of Hangzhou is a giant lake. It’s even more beautiful than I could have imagined which makes since because it’s just one of the World Heritage Sites in China!

The West Lake with a view of the metropolitan area of Hangzhou
The sun showed up for long enough for me to take this picture

Hangzhou seems like a much more peaceful city than Shanghai. Even stepping out of the train station I noticed that the air is fresher. While I love Shanghai and being in one of the largest cities in the world, Hangzhou was a great break.

Also the West Lake, but with the mountains! If you look closely, you can see the golden dragon boat.

I also went to the Hangzhou museum during my short trip. They had many relics from different dynasties. Hangzhou is actually one of the seven ancient capitals of China!

Well, there’s definitely more I could say, but I’ll let my pictures show you a little bit more about my day and a half in Hangzhou!

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Hopefully, I’ll get to explore some more cities in China in the near future! When I do, you’ll all be the first to hear about it!


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