12.07.2011 32 °C
We also had this Sunday off, so we went into Hangzhou, the big city in our area, for the day. First we visited a tea plantation which was interesting. I am now convinced of the health benefits of green tea! I always knew it was good for you, but will definitely try to make more of an effort to drink it now! A few of us actually bought little cups with stainers at the grocery store here and have been having our tea in that. We also bought dried hawthorn berries and orange peels to put in it. Delicious!! De definitely fit in with our tea mugs with stuff floating in the bottom.
After that, we fought traffic in Hangzhou to go for lunch. It was crazy because it was a Sunday. After that we visited west lake, which is a big lake in the middle of the city. There was a temple somewhat close by that we wanted to see but didn't have time. Things always take longer when you are traveling in a big group. I can't wait to be traveling with fewer people! We then wentto the old street and separated from the group and just wandered. It's amazing how western some parts of china are. It was so clean and beautiful in Hangzhou, not anything like the pictures of crowded dirty China you see. I'm sure parts of it are like that, but they have been well-concealed from me for now.