Hangzhou, a city of 6.5 million and just an hour train ride south of Shanghai, is historically known as Shanghai’s garden. It’s a rather condescending nickname for such a great place! Kyle and I have taken advantage of China’s convenient train lines and our free weekends to explore a few towns not too far from Shanghai.
Since Hangzhou is only an hour away, we took our time at home and arrived to our hotel in the late afternoon. Since our hotel was rather cozy we decided to try out the Indian restaurant next door and cozy up to the hotel bar. It wasn’t a bad idea as it snowed, and actually stuck! It rarely snows in this part of China, so this was a real treat and coupled with the hotel holiday decorations made it feel festive.
Hangzhou’s main attraction is West Lake or Xi Hu in Chinese. West Lake has inspired poets and the like throughout China’s long history and it is easy to see why. The lake is beautiful complete with nice walking paths to explore the attractions around the lake.
The next day we bundled up and headed out to the famous West Lake. There are ten famous sites around the lake as well as a nice walking path.