Hangzhou is a wonderful place with many special landmarks. I particularly liked the ‘Bai Causeway’ because it was so peaceful. I found out through an information notice that it was built by Bai Juyi, the governor in the Tang Dynasty. It is spring right now and the weather has been very cold so far. Hangzhou is the capital and the largest city in the province Zhejiang. The family I am living with lives near the West Lake. During my stay here, I was able to see many magnificent sights and landmarks of Hangzhou.
I first visited the Old China Street to sample some of its renowned Longjing tea. The most famous tea in Hangzhou is Xi Hu Longjing tea. It is apparently the best tasting Longjing tea. It was named after West Lake which is a beautiful lake located in the historic area of western Hangzhou. Next, I visited the Qiantang River at night time and it was a beautiful sight. The river is the southern terminal that links five major rivers in China from north to south. This large river allows water traffic to travel as far as Beijing! The Qiantang River has the largest tidal bore in the world. The force of the tide crashing onto the bay can create the water rising up to 9 metres. The next day, I was one of the few that didn’t get wet because the water crashed so hard; it rained down onto the crowd.
One thing I was really looking forward to was trying Hangzhou’s local cuisine. I heard that the dishes were ‘fresh, tender, soft, and smooth, with a mellow fragrance.’ I ate 荷叶粉蒸肉 (Steamed Rice and Pork Wrapped by Lotus Leaves) and 叫花鸡 (Beggar’s Chicken) at the Crystal Jade Garden. This restaurant had an elegant interior and was located near the West Lake so you got to enjoy its scenery.
Yesterday, I visited the Liuhe Pagoda, literally translated as the Six Harmonies Pagoda. I was amazed at how Chinese architects managed to build this great structure. This pagoda is octagonal in shape, 59.9 metres tall and served as lighthouse in earlier years. It was...