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A Tranquil Ripples in West Lake, Hangzhou

Ni Hao Hangzhou!! The busย  which brought us from Hangzhou railway station dropped us at West Lake district, the place where we would stay for two night before leaving for Shanghai. Five hours riding on the bullet train while looking at the scenery outside the window didn’t let me close my eyelids and made me feel so sleepy. Therefore, once we found the hostel, I took a nap a while at a very cozy and homy dorm. In 2011, West Lake or Xฤซ Hรบ in local language has become one of UNESCO world heritage because of its natural beauty and historical relics which influenced poets, painters and some Chinese garden designers for centuries. West Lake is surrounded by some temples, gardens, pagodas and some artificial islands. And one of must visit site is Leifeng Pagoda. This is where–as the legend was told–madame white snake was jailed for her repenting meditation. ilustration taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Legend_white_snake1.jpg Yup, White Snake Legend is a famous Chinese oral tradition about a love story between white snake spirit (Bai suzhen) and …

Leaving on the Bullet Train to Hangzhou

Ni hao Beijing The journey was continued. I and my family had arrived in Beijing South Railway Station. That day was our last day in Beijing and we were ready to head to our next destination, Hangzhou. Carrying all our packs, we walked through the entrance and waited for the train which will be departed at 10.00 a.m. Once I arrived at this station, I saw a typical of airport building rather than a railway station. Fancy yet not really pricey food stalls were lined up with some souvenir shops. Artificial trees decorated the hall and cozy waiting room were filled by the passengers. Beijing South station is the second largest railway station in Asia after Shanghai Hongqiao station. It was opened in August 01st, 2008, replacing the old station, Yongdimen railway station.ย  This station serves the high-speed train route to Shanghai Hongqiao, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Fuzhou. The tickets were on our hands and we showed them to the officer who guarded the entrance when the boarding announcement echoed. We walked down to the platform …