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Hangzhou West Lake 101 – Best of West Lake

The West Lake (西湖, Xi Hu) in Hangzhou is an iconic landmark with beautiful gardens, temples and sceneries.  A World Unesco Heritage Site dubbed as “heaven on earth” in a popular Chinese saying.  It has awed many poets for centuries and it is also an exemplary where garden architects seek their inspirations from.   To truly appreciate the beauty of West Lake, you will have to be around it for a full year because the lake has different faces during the four seasons and during different times of the day.  The best of them has been selected to represent the West Lake, collectively known as The Ten Scenes of West lake (西湖十景), including

1.  Dawn on the Su Causeway in Spring  (蘇堤春曉)
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Southern Song Imperial Street @ Hangzhou, China

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Stumbling upon this Southern Song Imperial Street (南宋御街) in Hangzhou is a bit of a misadventure for me and Gary.  The street is termed “imperial” because it was the main street traveled by the emperor in the Southern Song Dynasty, from his palace to the temple for him to make routine prayers.

After getting our noodles from Kui Yuan Guan, we asked the staff how to get to Hefang Street.  She pointed expressionlessly towards one direction and told us it’s just there, as if the street is just a 10 minutes walk away.  Well, we walked and walked and walked, passing through a good 2 km (?) length of Southern Imperial Street, before finally reaching Hefang Street.  I didn’t mind the walking too much as I love exploring.  We came across these brilliant statues of a family with 4 generations.  Wow.  That’s a big photogenic family there!   Continue reading

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Hefang Street @ Hangzhou, China

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Hangzhou’s Hefang Street (河坊街) is a vibrant old street that will keep you entertained.  Shopping in stores that are more than 100 years old, discovering diminishing arts & crafts, drinking the famous Longjin tea and having fun playing dress up!  Hefang Street had always been an important place for  trade some 800 years  ever since the Southern Song Dynasty. In 2000, the street has been made a pedestrian street and renovated to depict old Hangzhou.     Continue reading

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