The Beauty of West Lake 西湖, Hangzhou

Second stop of the China trip of 2012 was in Hangzhou – city of the beautiful West Lake 西湖. I could spend another day by the lakeside here… perhaps when it’s not so overrun by tourists. I think what makes it so beautiful is that you can actually see the other side of the lake, surrounded by either distant mountains or the newly developed city of Hangzhou. It’s what’s so different from lakes in Ontario… you might as well be looking out into the vast ocean.

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I learned that you can eat the seeds of the lotus. It was surprisingly really good.

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And then finally, a visit to the Song Dynasty Town 宋城.

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