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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou August 21st 2013

Hi All, Went to The LeiFeng Pagoga this morning. Originally built in AD977 it collapsed in the 1920s. It has been reconstructed a couple of times since. As you can see the only parts of the original structure are the foundations. There are some incredible woodcarvings inside the pagoda showing a Chinese legend. The views over the lake were good but I did go in a thunderstorm and I imagine on a sunny day you can see a long way. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
Leifeng Pagoda (4)
Woodcarvings (1)

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou August 20th 2013

Hi All, Thanks to Rebecca today. She lives very close to Hangzhou. We met up close to the hostel I am staying at and walked off to find the West Lake. We walked through some beautiful gardens, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, and part of the West Lake that is seperated by the Su causeway. The places here have very poetic names. The lake is very pretty and is typical Chinese, as you see in the old paintings, with weeping willows and lotus flowers. The view from the city, the east shore, over the lake to the mountains is really lovely fter wandering around for the afternoon we met up with Rebecca's boyfriend Li Bin and they took me for a delicious meal in a very busy restaurant, we had to wait for age ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou May 21st 2013

The May 1 holiday found us with a long break, so we seized the opportunity and headed for Hangzhou (杭州). The city is most renowned for its West Lake (西湖), one of the most famous sights in China. Since our passports had been taken for visa processing we were forced to ride the bus rather than the more convenient high-speed train. It was a painless journey of around 2.5 hours, through semi-urban sprawl encroaching on local farmland. Everywhere was construction: new apartment blocks, new highways and overpasses, new shopping centers popping up at every juncture. Agriculture, on the other hand, was relegated to small squares of land next to the road, or even islands in the middle of the freeway. We arrived and took a taxi to the drum tower, where our hostel was located in ... read more
Tea plantation
C at Eight Diagrams Field
Temple door, Mt. Wu

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou May 20th 2013

Flew north-west from KL, arriving in dynamic, bustling and efficient Hong Kong, staying at a friend's appartment in a great central location. Took a day hike up to "The Peak", skirting around through forests and past reservoirs and enjoying panoramic views out to the South China Sea, eventually reaching the cloud-shrouded summit before taking the easy route down via the funicular Tramway. Also visited Happy Valley for the famous evening horse racing - the green, grassy arena surrounded by towering skyscrapers illuminated against the night-sky, my unsuccessful betting compensated by a few beers and a lively atmosphere. Next flew up to Shanghai, catching the smooth, super-fast levitating Maglev train into the city and headed to the classy Vue bar at the Hyatt hotel for towering views over the new Pudong district and the Huangpu river. The ... read more
HK Appartments
Evening at the races

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou October 7th 2012

New photos on: …..”This week big horiday. Mid Autumn Festiwal an' then Nationa' Day. What we can do make life difficur' for eweryone?” “Well for starters you can crank up Internet blocking to ensure that proxies don't work & access to the 'Net in general is slow or impossible” “We done already. Only affect foreigner people an' a few ours who like look English website”. “How about removing the tolls, among the highest in the world, from the highways, allowing the masses to travel, well, en masse, for the week?” “Such good idea, people wir' be ve'y happy, think government ve'y generous”. I'm sure not all the people caught in the colossal traffic jams created by this policy were as happy as ex... read more
Martha and Family
Canal Trip
Brad, Artist


Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou September 19th 2012

Le 19 septembre nous sommes allés visiter Hangzhou. Ça se prononce Hang-djzo. Nous avions lu que OU se prononce comme dans zoo, alors nous prononcions comme le "zou" québécois mais c'est plutôt comme le "zo" français! On a encore du mal à se faire comprendre, quand on essaie de parler chinois!! (heureusement montrer des mots ou des noms écrits en charactères chinois dans notre livre ça aide!) Avec le train rapide (TGV), ça nous prenait à peine une heure pour s'y rendre, donc une excursion d'une journée était parfaite. Comme on était à Shanghai, ça n'a pas été difficile de trouver la gare (le métro se rend à toutes les gares) ni d'acheter les billets puisque tout était indiqué aussi en anglais. Le plus dur a été de savoir à quelle gare se rendre, nous avons ... read more
Commerce sur Hefang Jie, Hangzhou
Hangzhou Public Bicycle
Le West lake de Hangzhou

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou June 28th 2012

Oh my God….When you believe that could not be more hot and humid there is more!! I though Buenos Aires in summer was the worst that a human being could suffer and stand talking about humidity…. But I was wrong. Hangzhou is much worst. I am all wet and I hate being sweat, here the concept of being dry does not exist. This place is a nice touristic town but I cannot enjoy and relax regarding the weather. The hostel that not has air conditioning in common places make me feel miserable, and there are mosquitoes everywhere regarding the big lake that is in the center of the town, I believe with the size of the central park but full of water. I went to witness alive the image of the 1Ybill but it was so ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou June 23rd 2012

This past week was crazy trying to see everyone that we wanted, pack and decide when we should leave Hangzhou. Thanks to Kirsten we decided to treat ourselves to some R&R at the Portman Ritz Carlton in Shanghai for 3 nights before our flight on Tuesday afternoon back to the USA. We met up with Crystal for drinks at Starbucks on Tuesday evening. WOW, I hadn't been to that Starbucks at 8pm, only 8am before work, but it was the place to be as it was packed with young professionals socializing with friends. Blows my mind at times how much the coffee scene has grown in this tea culture since we moved to China in August 2009. Crystal had finished her first year of her Pre-Masters program in Glasgow, Scotland so it was great hearing about ... read more
Having Fun
Crystal & Pete
Crystal & I

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou » Tonglu June 22nd 2012

The 1st day of the Dragon Boat Festivalwe took a bus from Hangzhou West Bus station to Tonglu, where Crystal gave us a great 5 hour tour of Tonglu. We hadn't taken a long distance bus this year and it was PACKED full of people due to the holiday. We had no expectations of our time in Tonglu. so it was a very great way to spend one of our last days in China. We checked out Barbizon Miller Resort, Crystal's family members soft shell turtle farm and restuarant, picked Bay Berries on their farm, had a city tour in Crystal's Nissan Teana (US Altima model) and relaxed at her family home with cucumber facials. Crystal's step sister is 24 yrs old and her younger cousin is in high school, it was fun to meet more ... read more
bus ride to Tonglu
Goose & Ducks

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou June 18th 2012

On Sunday afternoon, Peter and I both received texts from fellow Business English teachers that we would have tea at a teahouse from 10am-5pm. I knew I had to work at FESCO until 11:30am so I could meet them at the teahouse around noon. We both thought this was a very long time but that we would show up for 1.5-2 hours to socialize with our fellow colleguages. When I arrived at 11:45am a few of the female teachers were already there eating and drinking tea. They asked if I wanted to eat and I responded with an of course as it was lunch time. I was lead to a room that had a buffet of snacks, fruit, veggies and soups. Peter, Mark another American foreign teacher and York a Chinese teacher arrived about 20 minutes ... read more
Cherry, Head of Business English Dept & Pete
Cherry, Andy & I
Rockin' Out (more like Acting like it)

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