We're in Hangzhou all day
today. I woke up at 6 and saw West Lake just
past dawn. The skies were overcast all day, not due to any
pollution or such, it's just a grey day.
On the way we drove past this pagoda which appears to be quite
famous since there were many tourists visiting. I think it's Liuhe Pagoda and
appears to be 13 stories, but is in fact only 7. According to
wikipedia it was built between 420 and 589.
Saw this along the river separating Old Hangzhou from the Hi-Tech area.
We see some of the same companies here as we see in India.
The traffic patterns are pretty crazy, bikes and scooters mixing it up
with the cars and trucks. Although there are clearly defined
lanes and sides of the road, we have seen both of those appear to be
more advice than requirements...
Much of the city is dominated by the West Lake, a series of manmade
lakes that are popular attractions for tourists in this "Honeymoon
The hotel is enormous and quite gracious, the rooms huge and
A new variation on the multi-format electric plug:
For dinner our hosts took us to Banana Leaf, a fun, campy Thai-style
restaurant with more than just Thai on the dishes. It's a tropical
party feel, and has a band of roving Filipino minstrels wandering
around, singing songs about happy party times and California Dreaming
and dancing with the patrons. The picture of the entry was taken
after we ate, so obviously Bob survived.
When the singing started, we weren't quite sure what was going on.
Bob was unsure.
But everyone had a good time and they danced with the women. Today is
Women's Day, a holiday of sorts.
We had some locally-brewed Tsingtao.
And some fish, this was called Pomfret.
A spicy mushroom soup. We had a similar Korean-style soup with
lunch. We also had spring rolls, eggplant, a Malaysian curry, a
sweet chicken curry in coconut milk, some large prawns (with heads and
feet of course). Good food.
Not sure what business this is but its sign shone through the
night. We wandered around the lake for a few minutes afterwards
but it was somewhat cold and damp and the beggars were getting
annoying. Mostly old women shaking cups at us for money, and they
followed us around. Not offensive, but annoying.
We've seen inroads in American fast food as well. In addition to
the Pizza Hut here we've seen McDonalds and KFC.
That's it for today. Tomorrow we're back
in Shanghai for a couple
of days. See you soon!