West Lake, Hangzhou: Tea, Pagodas & Lakes

Well, Hangzhou was the perfect side trip from Shanghai. In 2016 Hangzhou self-described itself for the G20 summit as “Paradise on Earth” and having visited the city I don’t think that is such a bold claim after all. Hangzhou is situated on an enormous lake aptly called West Lake. Seriously, this UNESCO world heritage site is enormous so don’t be naïve (like me) and assume you can

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6 Days in Shanghai

We recently took our first trip to China where we spent our time in Shanghai and nearby Zhèjiāng. When we first toyed with the idea of going to China, we had in our minds a trip that would include Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou and we were keen to visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and the terracotta warriors. We were even considering a side trip to Tibet or Continue reading “6 Days in Shanghai”

Day Trip: From Shanghai to Zhujiajiao

On the fourth day of our trip to Shanghai we travelled out to Zhujiajiao, one of the eight ancient water towns in the region. Zhujiajiao is one of the closest of the water towns, situated an hour by bus from the city centre. Despite its relative closeness to China’s biggest city, Zhujiajiao makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to an entirely different time and place.

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