Hangzhou’s West Lake

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hangzhou is one of the most breath-taking places I have been lucky enough to visit. This city is a life metaphor for calmness and balance. It is food for the soul or “Heaven On Earth” as described by some.

I travelled to Hangzhou after jumping the queue in the station line, running out of breath and almost missing the 4h train to get there. As usual, the train was fully packed, so we decided to get a comfy spot in the floor.

We met great people in that train, but the ones I remember the most are a couple guys who could speak some broken English – but they spoke some of it, which was something to be grateful for -. We shared a bottle of wine with them, played some cards and at the end got to Hangzhou. I’ll never forget this old grumpy Chinese man who took my notebook and wrote “Welcome to China” without knowing I’d keep this note to this day.

We literally found our Hostel Citinest in the middle of the forest by following only our mobile maps, no lights no nothing. The hostel was located 15 minutes away from the Hangzhou Lake and had bikes available to rent for less than 20 renminbi. We also ended up canoeing in the West Lake for 40 renminbi. And we ate for 15. Overall great weekend for less than £25.

Here are the 10 must-knows when visiting Hangzhou.

Hangzhou in Photos

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