On our second day at Hangzhou, we had our breakfast at Starway Hotel since it’s provided in the package. I must say this hotel really does provide good value for money! At only RMB160 (RM80) per night, you get good location, good service and free breakfast! Best of all, the hotel is really cozy and quaint, unlike those huge chain-hotels that you find in city centers. This was where we had our breakfast! Complete with a pool table for us while waiting. 🙂
Pool table at dining area
You can choose to dine al-fresco too, if you’re not afraid of the cold, that is! It was about 5C when we were there! *Brr* So, no thanks! 🙂
Al fresco dining
There were about 5 or 6 set meals to choose from. The porridge was especially good! There was a serving of 3 mini buns with the set, but I forgot to take picture of those. 😛 The porridge was also refillable, so we ate until we were full and warm all over. 🙂
French breakfast and porridge set
After that, we were all set to walk across to the famous West Lake (Xihu) in Hangzhou! 🙂
Saucer and witch just outside the hotel streets
Walking towards West Lake
After about 5-10 minutes, we saw the beautiful lake in front of us.
Some rock formation/statue
witch at West Lake
There was this bridge that goes across the lake, apparently called Long Bridge.
Bridge on West Lake
Gazebo at West Lake
Just love the calm and tranquility at West Lake, especially during winter when there were not many tourists around.
Calm path around West Lake
The lake is so huge we only managed to walk probably 10-20% of it only.
Soya bean grinder
Saucer and witch at West Lake
Love this shot!
Saucer and I were holding a camera each and there was once he called me while I was busy snapping pictures and he caught this candid shot! *LOL*
Path around West Lake
After a while, we came across this mini jetty with plenty of boats docked. We asked whether those boats were available for rent since there was no one using them. It turned out that the rental was only RMB40/hour (RM20) so we went ahead to rent one. 🙂
Boats for rent
Taking pics from the boat here! 🙂
Notice the pagoda in the distance? It’s called Leifeng Pagoda which is a five story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of the West Lake in Hangzhou.
Leifeng Pagoda in the distance
Zhao Jie and witch <3
The truth about Long Bridge:
Long Bridge information board
After the boat ride, we proceeded to lunch! Zhao Lei (Zhao Jie’s husband) arranged a lunch appointment with his very good friend who apparently is doing very well in Hangzhou. We had lunch in a hotel (forgot the name) and we had a whole private room to ourselves!
Hotel for lunch
The restaurant name (Can anyone help to translate? 😉 )
We had so much food that lunch that we couldn’t finish all. Look at the myriad of food we had, from cold dishes to hot dishes.
The cold dishes
The hot dishes
After lunch, our destination was to Xi Tang, a quaint town about 1 hour from Hangzhou. It’s one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been! Stay tuned for Part 3! 🙂