27.10.2008 - 29.10.2008
We took the train from Ningbo to Hangzhou. Didn't seem to take that long. It was nice to just sit and look out the window. I love trains. When we arrived it was a bit chaotic. Dean was hungry and we had to find our guide. Here is a picture of Dean at the station, trying to smile.
Once we found our guide we were off to lunch and Hefang Street.
We walked to the temple above the city for some great views. Had Caroline, our guide take our picture. She was also a dream guide. So nice and willing to take us anywhere we asked and trust me Dean asked, from site seeing to apartments and to where the locals eat, she was so gracious.
Then we walked around the West Lake through Willow Park.
I have to say that this was my favorite city. The lake was beautiful the people were so nice and the gardens were extraordinary. Here are a few pictures around the lake. More in the photo gallery
It was time for tea. We traveled up in the mountains to the Dragon Tea plantation were we sat and had green tea.
Yes, that's Caroline our guide and Jean one of the family owners of Dragon tea. By the end of our 3rd cup of tea, she had invited Dean and I to live with them and work on the tea plantation. Dean was almost ready to until she said it was family style. You all live under one roof and share everything. We took her number, bought some tea and took a picture with Mr. Dragon himself.
We then headed to Lingyin Temple, a enormous property with buddha's the size of buildings. Feilai Feng Peak with limestone carvings of Buddha and Quan Yin. Here are a few pictures, there are more in the photo gallery.
Dean patiently waiting while I take yet another picture.