Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hangzhou Hiking - Part Five

Wednesday morning we rode bus #115 to downtown Hangzhou, checked out some historic architecture, then proceeded to circumnavigate West Lake on foot, lingering into sunset and early evening lights.

Lunch at Hangzhou's most famous noodle restaurant.
Hangzhou, China

Then over to the historic YMCA building with it's very cool clock and water tower. It's now a Youth Hostel with a cafe. Sun-Ling's maternal grandfather's family is from this district of Hangzhou.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

The old Post Office building.
Hangzhou, China

The promenades and walking paths around West Lake were crowded but only jammed in a few places; for example, this spot where locals are performing (with amplification btw) for free.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

The walkways along the banks and causeways of West Lake are very beautiful in the Spring.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

And there are a few fav spots for wedding photos.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Boating on the lake is also popular with boats of all sizes available for hire.
Hangzhou, China

One section of the around-the-lake walkway was particularly popular with white-capped, orange-billed senior tour groups. ;-)
Hangzhou, China

And others.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

However, we found a peaceful spot to watch the sun set....
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

...and the lights come on around the lake.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Not to mention the water fountain light and sound show!
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

All that walking and we were pretty hungry and could not resist some McDonald's fries before cathcing the Metro home - our first western fast food of the trip.
Hangzhou, China



4 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

After the sun set and it began to become dark, how much more of the circumference of West Lake did you have yet to hike?

Astoundingly popular with all these crowds of hikers.

john said...

Crash, We were on the Baidi causeway - north central-ish West Lake - when the sun set and had a little less than 2 kms to go in the dusk and dark to complete a clockwise circumnavigation....We were told last night that April is the most popular month for tourists to visit Hangzhou. Who knew?

Liz said...

The lake is so beautiful!

Sun-Ling said...

The lake and surrendering areas have been sculpted over hundred years, is considered a fine example of Chinese landscape.