Hanging out in Hangzhou

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a bit, so I’ll make a couple posts over the next few days to catch up on what I’ve been doing. About a week and a half ago we went to another city in China called Hangzhou! Hangzhou is an on-the-rise tech hub, and is home to China’s largest multinational e-commerce platform, Alibaba. We were only there for two days, but it was an amazing experience and I definitely want to go back.

One of the most prominent attractions in Hangzhou is the West Lake, a freshwater lake which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! On our first day in Hangzhou it was really rainy, but we walked around the West Lake Scenic Area for a bit then we went to a restaurant for dinner. We had a bit of time to explore, so I walked around downtown Hangzhou for a while and popped into a few of the stores here and there. The downtown area was really small, but there were still many high-end shops like Shanghai, and it was more so separated into almost 4 malls at each corner of the major intersection where you could just walk in and out as you please. One of the perks was that there was a metro station under the downtown area, so it was really convenient to get back home and was only 4 stops.

On day two of Hangzhou we actually went on the West Lake and took a boat ride across the lake. The lake is divided into five sections and there are tons of temples and pagodas along the way, so we walked around for a while just looking at the beautiful scenery and taking photos. Something interesting was that there were these stone structures throughout the gardens and people would throw coins at them because if you got it on the structure it meant good luck!

Boat ride on the West Lake

After the West Lake we went to a restaurant for lunch and ate some famous Hangzhou dishes, one of them being the West Lake Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce. It’s probably one of the most famous dishes there and was really good. After lunch we went to visit one of the nearby temples called Lingyin Temple, it’s one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in all of China. The temple was really nice and had a lot of Buddha carvings as well as five different religious halls where people were praying or asking for wishes. The halls were up a hill, so we ran all the way up the hill to visit all the halls and one of our Chinese friends said that since we reached the top we had been blessed.

Carvings at Lingyin Temple

Overall, it was a super great experience and I would definitely recommend it! Until next time, 再见!