Travel Report: The Shangri-La Hotel – Hangzhou, China.

The Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou.

October 2017. Wonderboy and I had just finished tackling the unbridled chaos of West Lake’s Su Causeway and were in desperate need of a well-deserved time out. “Check out that fancy hotel!” I exclaimed. So we did, crossing the insanely busy Beishan Road and walking up the driveway of the opulent Shangri-La Hotel. We’d been […]

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Travel Report: Hefang Market Street – Hangzhou, China.

Hefang Market Street Hangzhou Golden Week.

October 2017. Wonderboy and I were making our way back down Wushan Hill after a peaceful morning exploring City of God Pavilion when we stumbled upon the chaos of Hefang Market Street, Hangzhou’s most popular street food spot. The place was absolutely teeming that day with the Golden Week crowds and for a moment Wonderboy […]

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Travel Report: Wushan Hill – Hangzhou, China.

City God Pavilion Wushan Hill Hangzhou China

October 2017. Some people will tell you there’s little to see in Hangzhou outside the main draw of West Lake. Those people are wrong. In fact, one of the many highlights of my Hangzhou trip was a visit to Wushan Hill and its striking City God Pavilion. This shot of the hill was taken from […]

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Travel Report: Su Causeway – Hangzhou, China.

Golden Week Crowds Su Causeway West Lake Hangzhou.

October 2017. It was pretty crazy of Wonderboy and I to tackle the intense crowds of Hangzhou’s West Lake right in the eye of the storm that is China’s Golden Week holiday. But hey, we had five days free just like everyone else and we wanted to see if Hangzhou was as great as everybody says […]

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Travel Report: Shuangtou Bridge – Hangzhou, China.

Shuangtou Bridge West Lake Hangzhou.

October 2017. I must have covered every inch of West Lake’s gorgeous parkland during my five days in Hangzhou. One of the lake’s great joys are its beautifully sculpted bridges and if you had to hand out top prize to just one it would probably be Shuangtou Bridge, located in Changqiao Park near Tangyun Art Gallery. 

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Travel Report: Leifeng Pagoda – Hangzhou, China.

Leifeng Pagoda West Lake Hangzhou China.

October 2017. Wherever you happen to be on Hangzhou’s West Lake, you just can’t miss the mystical form of Leifeng Pagoda jutting dramatically out of the greenery. It really does cut a handsome figure, even on a smoggy day like this one, so slowly but surely Wonderboy and I made our way around the lake […]

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Travel Report: Orioles Singing in the Willows Park, Hangzhou, China.

Orioles Singing in the Willows Park West Lake Hangzhou.

October 2017. A trip to the Chinese city of Hangzhou is all about one thing: the shimmering, dreamy majesty of West Lake. Surrounded by misty green hills and lush parkland as far as the eye can see, this booming city of 8.7 million stands as one of China’s most adored holiday spots. No surprise then […]

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