The West Lake is a man-made freshwater lake, located in Hangzhou (the capital of the Zhejiang province in eastern China). Hangzhou isn’t the first city that springs to mind when you think about China, but if you speak to anyone from China or who has explored the eastern provinces they will tell you that Hangzhou is a must-see. Famous for its serene gardens and peach blossoms, Marco Polo called it: “the most beautiful and prosperous city in the world”, not a statement to take lightly – especially if you’ve been binge watching the Marco Polo series on Netflix like I have.
Hangzhou is lusciously green, so green, tree branches practically smack you in the face as soon as you leave the airport. We arrived in the morning, so the air was crisp and light. It was a pleasant and refreshing surprise after spending a day in Beijing and another 3 days in the industrial port town of Qingdao (think factories and more factories). It was nice to find that not all of the cities in China are plagued with the pollution problems we read so often about in the news. Cities like Hangzhou, one of the four official garden cities of China, act somewhat like China’s lungs – a place to breathe, relax and retire.
– WE GOT MOBBED
Taken on the West Lake in Hangzhou.
I’m not really sure why they were so fascinated by us, what I do know is that I didn’t feel any tension or animosity. This was not an isolated event, it happened everywhere we went, even the bigger cities like Shanghai. Still undecided about how I feel, but for now it’s all fun and games.
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