Until two weeks ago, I had only visited the beautiful lake city of Hangzhou once, more than a year ago, on my two-week trip to China. It was very cold, windy and rainy then. This time the weather was humid and hot, but the sun actually did show its face on the second day (so unexpectedly, in fact, that I got sunburnt along my collar). I suppose I should’ve chosen an early spring weekend to visit, because the humidity and high temperature made walking around almost unbearable.
However, I was so pleased to be able to see the beauty of West Lake again! Lined with tiny pathways and pagodas, overlooked by towers and dotted with impressive-looking tourist boats, it is an extremely photogenic place. And despite being an astonishingly popular tourist destination, there are little corners and hideaways in the parks everywhere around it, so it can be a very peaceful spot in the middle of a nine-million city.