The first stop in China was Hangzhou. I got the plane to Shanghai and then a coach to Hangzhou. I didn’t know what to expect of Hangzhou as I was only there a couple of nights I didn’t massively search what was there but I was shocked at how beautiful it was.

Hangzhou is a popular destination but there were not many foreign tourists from what I could see, whilst you don’t need long here at all it is definitely worth a stop off. It is a huge city and I only explored a minuscule aspect of it.

The part of Hangzhou I mainly got to see was The West Lake. The West Lake is the most famous aspect of Hangzhou and it is truly beautiful. There is also an area on the side of the lake filled with cafes and restaurants. We had dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant (can’t remember the name right now but when I do I will edit this blog post). They also have some Western chains such as Costa if you are missing them, but I really prefer sticking to the more authentic restaurants and cafe’s (when I can).

The West Lake is absolutely huge so not one to walk around but the mountain scenery surrounding is spectacular and a huge contrast from the flat Beijing I am living in now.

The temple at Hangzhou is also a must. It is situated in a beautiful green park area and whilst there are A LOT of stairs to climb to get to the top it is so worth it as the views are amazing. From one side you can see the mountains and the natural scenery and from the other you can see the modern high- rise, built up city. I am not sure how much entry to the temple was but it will not have been a lot, prices in China are nothing like prices I am used to, it is extremely affordable once you get here.

I stayed in a hostel in Hangzhou for two nights which was super near the lake, transport and accommodation are really easy here so this is not a problem. After the two days were over I took the bullet train up to Beijing which is where I am currently. So there will be many more blog posts to come from Beijing. Hangzhou is the perfect place to stop off and have a look around, for me I don’t think it is the best place to stay for a long while but it is definitely worth a visit if you get the chance (I think it was about a seven hour bullet train from Hangzhou up to Beijing so a fair distance but it is definitely do- able).
Hope you enjoyed this blog post and I look forward to writing many more in the up- coming months whilst being here! Thanks for reading, Katy x

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