Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang province. It has a population of about 8.9 million people. It is south of Shanghai, near the coast but the city is inland a little, sitting on the Qiantang river that flows out into the sea.
I visited Hangzhou as it has a world heritage area called West Lake, and it was also my departure point to visit Yellow mountain - Huangshan, perhaps the most famous scenic mountain in China.
You need to have incredible luck to have nice clear skies in Hangzhou. Most of my time there was a haze, fortunately not too polluted smell wise. But it was a challenge to get great scenic photographs of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, but I did get some nice shots of some of the fabled areas, the people and happenings.
So I focused on getting some evening photographs, which went better.
I enjoyed a very comfortable stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Qianjiang area, near the river, near the convention centre, the metropolitan government centre, and also the centre of the newest office high rise buildings. The staff were great, helped advise on local trips and also arranged my journey to Huangshan mountain for me. The new executive lounge staff took great care of me. Special thanks to Ryan Shen, my go to man for the arrangements I needed!
Courtyard Marriott by night.
Qianjiang is the new business district and the metropolitan government area.
Sijiching is the fashion district - check out the women standing on boxes in the wholesale shops.
The city of god pavilion is just south of Qinghefang street and gives nice views over west lake.
Lastly, check out the 'Love me' electric scooters - I'm not sure of any hidden meaning having this on the seat?
The MTR is modern, fast and efficient.
It also has the most signs I have ever seen on the platforms and trains, as well as advertising. Check out the last photo and the character on the right!