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Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard @ West Lake, Hangzhou, China

Lotus Breeze Winding Courtyard West Lake Hangzhou 3
Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard is one of my favorite spots on the West Lake.  In Chinese it is known as Qu Yuan Fen He (曲院风荷), or Quyuan Park.  We visited in May when the lotus flowers weren’t blooming as the season is in July / August.  It was also because of this reason, this spot didn’t have swarms of people trying to squeeze past each other.  Only scattered locals enjoying their time leisurely, not doing much and just sitting around.       Continue reading

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Fish Viewing at Flower Port @ West Lake Hangzhou, China

Fish viewing flower pond Hangzhou 12
“Fish Viewing at Flower Port” is an insanely popular attraction being one of the Ten Classic Scenes of West Lake (花港觀魚, “huagan guanyu”).  The “Flower Port” is an enormous 4 acre park with peony gardens, bamboo paths and willow tress.  The Red Carp Pond   is the habitat of thousands of carps, glowing in gold and shimmering in orange.  While it is entertaining to watch the carps squeeze through each other, fighting for food; it is also pretty amusing to watch people adjust themselves, peeping over shoulders, standing on their toes, fighting for a view!      Continue reading

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