Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hangzhou - Sun-Ling's Birthday

Where we head back to Hangzhou and celebrate Sun-Ling's birthday with long hike through the city and hills.

And to top it off, fried noodles and a cake. Thanks Jo Ma (Maternal Aunt)!
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

First stop of the day: We ride Line 1 of the new-ish Hangzhou Metro from the suburbs into town to check out the Phoenix Mosque, one of the three oldest mosques in China (circa 620 AD), which has a Chinese-style roof above its three domes and a mostly Islamic interior and entrance.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

After walking through the Old Town and along West Lake we headed into the hills. If we have the family history right, Sun-Ling's maternal grandparents had their wedding banquet in this restaurant.
Hangzhou, China

It's across the street from a McDonald's.
Hangzhou, China

A revitalized old street.
Hangzhou, China

Chinese tour group in the Old Town. Hangzhou gets loads of tourists.
Hangzhou, China

As we headed up into the hills around West Lake we passed several tea houses where local hangout to drink tea (of course), play cards, exercise and socialize their birds.
Hangzhou, China

This guys was one of the group of folks who were exercising by hitting trees with their hands.
Hangzhou, China

Sun-Ling on the trail. Most trails in Hangzhou are paved as in the photo.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Pagoda.
Hangzhou, China

At one point in the hike we came across a small valley where several ladies were picking tea leaves.
Hangzhou, China

Then we got off the trail and had a bit of an adventure before finding our way back on track.
Hangzhou, China

We were then rewarded with a fine view of West Lake.
Hangzhou, China

After descending, we walked along the lake and did some shopping in a light rain before returning to Aunt and Uncle's apartment.
Hangzhou, China

Annoying electric carts constantly circle right next to the lake.
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China




7 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

Happy birthday, Sun-Ling! Still lingering less than 50, I see. Nice you can be in China and celebrate with relatives.

Re: your "fine" view of West Lake. Appears so hazey and glum, not what I'd expect of a bright and sunny view of an NC Lake from a mt top.

Kathy said...

Many happy returns!

Looks like a great cake.

I visited Hangzhou on National Day, looks amazingly empty in comparison!

Dayle In NC said...

Happy Birthday Sun-Ling!

Susan in Florida said...

Happy belated birthday Sun Ling!

Love the blog!

john said...

Ed, Agreed, the lake view is not so fine; however, we are loving HZ so much that almost everything is "fine". haha. The haze is caused by emissions from gasoline-powered cars.

Kathy, We now been in Hangzhou for a week, and I can report that there are many, many tourists every day of the week - more on weekends of course - although I suspect nothing like National Day. SL's uncle informed us that on weekends driving private vehicle around West Lake is restricted (prohibited?).

Sun-Ling said...

Thank everyone for all the birthday wishes, spent the day hiking in the hills of HZ, indeed a happy birthday.

Liz said...

What a beautiful cake!