HANGZHOU, The Photo Journal


After countless attempts and all the long battles against my doubts and anxiety of writing and posting, I’m finally publishing my first blog post. Exploring Hangzhou, the capital and the most populous city in Zhejiang province, in this extreme heat should’ve been terribly unbearable, except it wasn’t. It was instead refreshing seeing all these greens and escaping the concrete jungle that is Shanghai. Since I’ve gotten an admission letter from Zhejiang University, I took the opportunity to visit the future city where I’ll be living in for quite a long time and I can’t stress enough how much I am currently in love with Hangzhou.

I find Hangzhou soothing to my soul especially now that I have been experiencing some minor loses in my life. It is such a place of solace with all the greenery. The old and familiar feeling that comes from the preserved architecture together with the new vibe of modernity. I am a city person. And I love those tall buildings racing against each other towards the top, greeting the clouds. I love crowded places and cars and everything in a big city. It excites the extrovert inside of me. Thinking of moving a couple of miles away from Shanghai wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Because the city that I consider home is just an hour away by bullet train. More importantly, the fact that Hangzhou is also a city but one that is calmer made me more excited living here.

Although I am quite unimpressed with this city’s transportation, it isn’t actually that bad since I have Baidu maps that tell me everything I need to know to get around by buses. Hangzhou only has four subway line stations. We took mostly buses to get around. Taxis aren’t that expensive as in Shanghai either, starting from 11 yuan. Humorous as it is, we took the same taxi we rode from the West Lake to Leifeng Pagoda, and then from Leifeng Pagoda to our hotel. We booked our hotel from booking.com, it is also where I usually book hotels for a trip.

Usually, when I travel, food is a less priority. I have no idea why but I don’t get hungry a lot when I’m travelling. While I look at food as a necessity, I can get over occupied. To the point that I only end up with a smoothie and I’m happy to go. Anyway, there are a lot of varieties of food you can choose from. There are restaurants that you need to book for a reservation first. The top suggested foods to eat in Hangzhou are the following:

1 东坡肉 Dong Po Pork
2 龙井虾仁 Longjing Flavored Shrimps
3 叫花鸡 Beggar’s Chicken
4 西湖醋鱼 Sweet and Sour West Lake Carp
5 片儿川面 Pian Er Chuan Noodle

I have visited Hangzhou in a school trip with ECNU on a mid-autumn before (it was cold and I wasn’t adapting very well to it) and I am confused, asking myself right now why I didn’t appreciate this gorgeous city back then? Such a pity, although it is better late than never. Only on the second time of visiting the city, I find that the people here are friendly and approachable too. There was less to no interactions with the locals because we were in a group when we had the school trip. The places we had the time to visit in Hangzhou are:

Leifeng Pagoda 雷峰塔

Located on Sunset Hill south of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China is a five stories tall tower with eight sides, the Leifeng Pagoda. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002. Since then it has been a popular tourist attraction. Inside you can see a small museum about its history.

In October 1999, the provincial and municipal governments decided to rebuild Leifeng Pagoda on top of the ruins of the old one. The new pagoda opened on 25 October 2002. It is composed of a 1400 tonne steel structure with 200 tonnes of copper parts. It contains four sightseeing elevators, and modern amenities such as air conditioners, televisions, and speakers. At the entrance of the pagoda, there are two autonomous escalators to carry visitors to the base of the pagoda. The original base of the pagoda, as well as the artifacts discovered in an underground chamber, are kept in good condition.

There are only a few restaurants and most of them are Chinese noodles. There are small stores that sell drinks, cup noodles, etc.

West Lake 西湖

It’s a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, China. Three causeways divided it into five sections. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics. It has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature”.

Long Jing Village

A trip to Hangzhou wouldn’t be complete without taking a tour to nearby villages that grow this amazing and one of the best teas in China, Longjing tea, sometimes called by its literal translated name; Dragon Well tea. It is a variety of pan-roasted green tea from the area of Longjing Village. It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title.




Long Jing Tea Village


Dong Po Pork (Right)


Sweet and Sour West Lake Carp


The Leifeng Pagoda



Sea of lotus along the West Lake


Gorgeous sunset view from the Leifeng Pagoda.





You may also like


  1. general construction ny

    Repair work residential premises turnkey – much better Solving problems through wizards.In order place an order for repair work dwellings in Diamond District, leave a request on site or by phone. To create hospitality interior decoration expertly as well as properly, it is vital to utilize effective and also extremely audio products that comply with all standards and technological criteria. However the primary distinction is not also in the components, but in how and just how correctly they are actually made use of. And also this is actually the work of the experts. Expert capabilities areactually an extremely essential situation. . Likewise in our firm, you can purchase personalized bathroom vanities, retail interior design on the most effective problems. With us, interior basements, in addition to Premium renovation Bay Terrace, will end up being straightforward, high quality and also quickly. Our representative will call you back, for clarification few details and assign Times of Day arrival to you professionals and designer.

  2. Цена фундамента под дом

    Создание дома вашей мечты – это оригинальная возможность, спланировать и претворить в жизнь нечто воистину уникальное во всех отношениях. Возведение фундамента – это в целом первоначальная модель ремонта, в процессе которой домик строится. При расчете замена фундамента под старым деревянным домом цена предусматривается весьма много факторов. Средняясумма возведения домов фундамента составляет приблизительно от 10$ за кв.метр . Погреб сможет умножить итоговую стоимость каждого объекта недвижимости, предоставляя необходимое помещение ради организации хранения и порой рабочее пространство. Наша профессиональная команда по конструированию и возведенью фундамент под памятник на кладбище цена может помочь выстроить жилище, о котором вы всегда мечтали. От начала до конца наша специализированная компания в Череповец позаботимся о всех без исключения процессах, чтобы заказчику не довелось тревожиться о деталях. Специализированная международная компания в Киселевск несет юридическую ответственность за проект, а не вы, именно поэтому организация в Борисоглебск имеют интерес в том, затем чтобы довести до конца строительство коттеджа быстрее и эффективнее. Узнайте о сваи винтовые для фундамента цены в вытегре у спспециалистовециалистов корпорации.

  3. Kids bedroom furniture
    Dreaming update your interior? Read carefully the innovations products home from new collection, in which are as furniture with racy floral patterns and coloring and goods with graceful texture and finish metallic. Poof for the garden is undoubtedly integral attribute any villas. In our online store you can always buy reliable furniture for any house. The company will deliver in GRIFFIT PARK client absolutely all furniture at any time days.Cost of goods, those that offers internet shop furniture items MALIBU quite each customer.In turn low cost causes some questions regarding desired quality. The catalog which is today filled with diverse items furniture composes only high quality enterprise products.

  4. угловые пневмошлифмашинки

    Созданная нами предприятие Новочеркасск – сегодня это ведущий поставщик
    промышленного оборудования.
    Можно купить в Каменск-Уральскийнемало решений для такелажного и подъемного, промышленного и складского, а также весового и гидравлического промышленного оборудования, в том числе тали ручные рычажные,тали ручные червячные передвижные взрывобезопасные,домкраты гидравлические телескопические,канаты для лебедок mtm,балки концевые подвесные,тележки гидравлические с электропередвижением,тележки для балок подвесных концевых холостые,весы крановые электронные.
    Мы являемся производителем непростых решений для индустриального парка оборудования.
    Мы высококлассная организация по выпуску промышленного оснащения с более чем 6-летним навыком работы.
    Интернет магазин грузоподъемного парка оборудования выходит за пределы интернет-реализации и товаров по дисконтной цене, наша фирма может оказать консультации и дополнительно предоставить специализированные услуги на заказ.
    На вебсайте мы стремимся предоставить нашим клиентам “универсальный он-лайн магазин” в пользу всех ваших надобностей в промышленном и складском оборудование. Мы стремимся предоставить особо высококонкурентные стоимость товаров в индустрии, оптимизируя при этом превосходнейшее обслуживание покупателей.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *