Hangzhou, China is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen in our adventures around the world. Tree lined streets, pedestrian-only shopping streets, wide bike lanes completely separated from car traffic, and West Lake, beautiful, beautiful West Lake.
West Lake is absolutely gorgeous. It is a huge lake surrounded by traditional Chinese gardens with weeping willows, peach and pear blossoms, lotus pools, and serene forests and springs. David and I walked and biked along West Lake. It is a peaceful, beautiful place with many quiet nooks despite all the tourists that are attracted there.
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West Lake is the primary site to see in Hangzhou, but the city itself is also very lovely. I mentioned above the bike lanes. Hangzhou is one of the absolute most bike friendly places I have been. I didn’t get any pictures, but the bike lanes were fantastic. They are completely separate from car traffic, often separated by a median of trees, so you feel perfectly safe while you are riding. And because these bike medians are planted with trees you are often riding under a wonderful shaded canopy of trees.
We spent a lovely long weekend in Hangzhou, biking and walking around the city. Yes, I did get food poisoning too, as David mentioned in his post. But that only slowed us down for a day or two. We spent the rest of our time soaking in the beauty of Hangzhou in spring time.