杭州HANGZHOU

After Beijing and Jinan, I was off to see my friend, Danny, and his hometown, HANGZHOU. When people think of China, the first cities that come to mind are Beijing and Shanghai. However, Hangzhou should be added to the list because this city is THE hidden gem of China.

Danny showed me so much of this place that I don’t think I can explain all the things I did. (And of course, I won’t because pictures are better anyways.) However, my favorite part of the city was the scenery of WEST LAKE. First of all, this city’s air was so much cleaner than Beijing and Jinan because it’s in the southern part of China (kind of in the Shanghai area). The smell of the lake just added a natural essence that made this place so fresh. It was an indescribable experience for me so I’ll post a picture instead:

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Towards the evening, they hosted a show where sprinklers created wondrous movements of the water from West Lake. It was kind of like using water as fireworks. As the traditional Chinese music played in the background the movements of the water followed. It was so beautiful!

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Danny took me to many parks and temples (And by the end of time in China, I saw way too many altogether.) The parks were gorgeous and the scenery was something to die for. The temples were large, and the Buddha statues were gigantic. Here’s a photo I took showing someone bowing while holding incense:

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During another evening, Danny took me to see the GRAND CANAL. It was also one of the major highlights! The length of it, and all the history it has was just overwhelming to take in. It also brought some nostalgia because I was just in Beijing, the place where this canal leads to.

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A great part of coming to Hangzhou was meeting Danny’s parents! They treated me out for dinner and kept me entertained with great conversation. After dinner, we went to an underground bookstore, and the three of them helped me choose a book that suited me. They were so nice and welcoming, and couldn’t have asked for anything better. Hope I get the opportunity to treat them when they come to the United States!

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