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Aug 15, 2017 - Hangzhou - our turning point in China

Hangzhou bought us the first Airbnb of China, as we approached the apartment block we definitely had our fingers crossed it looked better on the inside. The gate opened onto a concrete dark stair case which did not look very inviting, as the door opened we breathed a sigh of relief as we entered the modern apartment. We decided to make the most of our day here and decided to visit the West Lake. It was so hot as we walked to the station and as always the queues for tickets were long. We managed to have a walk around the near by shopping...

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May 6, 2017 - Hangzhou to Ychang

We were told we could have a 'late start' this morning - 9am! Great - this gave us some time after breakfast to nip over to the Grand Canal Plaza opposite and check it out in daylight. This time Bruce came with me and it was a lovely sunny morning for our walk. There were many groups of people doing Tai Chi or dance or other forms of exercise. We walked down to the Canal and over the bridge to the other side, where the old buildings used to house the Japanese Concession back before the Revolution and the war with Japan in the 1930s. Sad to...

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May 5, 2017 - Hangzhou

Today we went to West Lake, considered one of the 'top ten' scenic areas of China, near Hangzhou although it's not big being only 3.2 kilometres in length, 1.7 km in width and 2.3 metres deep on average. It's surrounded by mountains on three sides and has three man-made islands and there are some distant pagodas to view (Leifeng Pagoda in the south and Baochu Pagoda to the north). It is famous in China for the "romantic legends and intoxicating scenery', however the scenery was sadly unavailable to us as we took our boat tour as it was so...

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May 4, 2017 - Suzhoi to Wuxi

Our Big Blue Bus and it's very amiable driver were waiting, bright and early, outside our hotel (the Qingshan Conference Centre Hotel) for us, together with Local Tour Guide Jessica. En route to Shopping Tour No. 2 (a 'silk factory'), a clearly knowledgeable-about-silk Jessica talked and talked and talked extolling its virtues - specifically for filling duvets. She didn't point out any sights we saw en route, although a number of us were curious when we saw numerous vendors sitting by the road side with big bags of what looked like white...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Hangzhou

The long drive to Hangzhou from Wuxi was broken into 2 segments by a welcome susu break at a truck stop. We had been duly impressed with the quality of the highway and the offerings at this truck stop did not disappoint, including a CN„ 2million (CDN$400k) BMW i8 driven by a young couple that pulled in while we were there! The convenience store had many interesting packaged snacks that would have been a mystery had it not been for a requisite picture on the packaging indicating what the opaque package contained. After picking up some snacks...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

We were up early to get to the train station. We took the high speed train, about 302kph, to Hangzhou. A small Chinese city with a population of 9 million. It has 9 districts and 900 years ago it was the capital. There are 3 major industries. Hi-tech as it is the headquarters for Alibaba; tourism, 99 million tourists a year of which only 3 million are foreign (1 million of these are westerners); tea and silk. Hangzhou is considered "Heaven on Earth " and Marco Polo said it was the most beautiful city he had ever see. It is located at the...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Hanging out in Hangzhou

I arrived in Nanjing after a 9 hour train journey overnight and things continued pretty much the same, grey drizzly weather and awful food, and yet, I thought the city had a lot more charm than most and it has a string of canals that wend their way through the centre. I spent Saturday afternoon at the Massacre Memorial Centre which remembers the thousands of people slaughtered by the Japanese in 1937. It ought to have been a sobering moving experience, but the usual crowds made it impossible to get anywhere near the exhibits. On Sunday...

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Six months in Asia

Nov 3, 2013 - Suzhou and Hangzhou

On Saturday we took the train out from Shanghai to the "village" of Suzhou. A hint for the unwary - a country with the population of China calls a place with 1.5M people a village. Suzhou is a canal town and only about 35 minutes by train. However, by the time you get a taxi to the station, queue for tickets, queue for security, find your waiting hall, get a cab at the other end and do it all again on the way back it becomes a marathon event with little time for actual sightseeing in between. We did manage a look around the ancient part of...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Hangzhou

Day 11 Saturday Oct 26th We arrived in Hangzhou (pronounced Hang Choe) late Friday evening and were bussed straight to our 5 star Marriott Hotel. Up early the next morning, our day began with a boat ride on West Lake right in the heart of the city. It was another sunny day with some haze but certainly not the pollution we'd been experiencing inland. We were all, I think, very impressed by Hangzhou and could have spent longer than the short 6 or 7 hours we had there. As Michael, our tour guide explained, we had spent the first 9 days of our...

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China Adventure 2013

Jan 5, 2013 - Escape from Ningbo

Pleased to announce that this afternoon at 4.34pm Harmony took us away from Ningbo back to Changzhou, not at her usual pace, but it got us out of there! Cen baby was most shocked by the train station, and the large crowd of nosy people I seemed to attract, one brave boy was asking questions and relaying the news to the crowd of onlookers that gathered to see the English tourist. Cen was shocked by how prying they were and politely told them unless they wanted to pay her translator fees then they could just go away. So cute when she gets...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Only a 4 hour drive from Chen's home, and a late start to the day, we arrived at the seaside late afternoon. The hotel overlooks the long line of fresh fish restaurants that line the waters edge along the estuary. Haggling for the best price and choosing your fish fresh from the tank is all part of the fun! So we have dined on crayfish, horsehead fish, prawns, squid, tiny little muscles and winkles, along with the usual trimmings of a tofu an fish soup, stirfry celery and greens, and special double fry noodles. Yum. I also had the rare...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Hangzhou for a day

A simple journey of 50mins saw me in Hangzhou and what a lovely place. I headed straight out once I'd arrived and ended up on the famous West Lake. It was beautiful, I even took the barge over to the island for a walk and headed up to Yu Feis temple tomb but with the amount of temples, shrines, mosques and tombs I'd already seen I couldn't bring myself to go into another one, so I looked at the map and decided hey its only a short walk back, I'll do that. 3 hours later, maybe it wasn't such a good idea but I popped into a Japanese...

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