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Hangzhou

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Biking around the West Lake in Hangzhou

It was time to leave Shanghai, so we got back on the superfast train and headed south to Hangzhou, said to be one of the most famous cities in China.  Hangzhou it is best known for the Longjing tea, silk trade and of course the West Lake. With only two nights and one full day in Hangzhou, we decided to skip all other sights and pleasure ourselves with a full day around the famous West Lake. West Lake isn’t just a simple lake. It had influenced poets and painters through Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it had also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese Gardens. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens and artificial islands within the lake. Just the perfect place to discover and enjoy on a long September day. The next day, after we arrived, we hired bikes to explore the…