Adventures in China / Travel

| I went on a boat ride at the Xixi Wetlands. |

“Round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate..” ~ Tolkien 

Last week one of my good friends from UK came to visit me for few days. And it was all exciting, fun and it made me very happy to have someone from back home come to see me.

But that meant I was also busy as hell and with very little time for writing. But I’m back today, and I’m sharing few pictures from our adventure around Hangzhou.

We wondered around quite a bit, and because I’ve discovered recently how beautiful Hangzhou actually is, I’ve decided to take my friend to one of those places too. But because of our limited time together, and the fact that I had to work too during the week, I decided to stay closer to home and explore the nature scenery around my area (bare in mind, because is China – my area is the whole city of Hangzhou – which is HUGE).

That was how we got to Xixi National Wetland Park (Chinese: 西溪国家湿地公园).

This park is one of the most famous Wetland Parks in China, and the chance has it that is located in Hangzhou, and covers over 1,150 hectares.  It’s mostly famous because it was the original site of the Chinese South Opera, but also for a yearly Dragon boat festival.

There are lots of things to do there, and you can stay for as long as you want. You can go on boat rides (which we did), you can shop for traditional snacks and obviously clothing and also just walk around and enjoy the scenery.

And I think the most impressive thing about this place is the fact that Xixi is a peaceful oasis in the middle of a very busy and still-developing town. The fact that you can come here and enjoy nature and that there aren’t as many people as everywhere else in Hangzhou – all of that make this place more worth it to visit!

I hope you enjoy the photos I took. I hope you like them so much that maybe one day you’ll visit this wonderful place.

 

On the Lake.
On the Lake.

 

Beautiful Flowers
Beautiful Flowers
Shopping Street: Snacks, Tea, Clothing.
Shopping Street: Snacks, Tea, Clothing.

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Beautiful Lotus flower.
Beautiful Lotus flower.
My friend was clearly enjoying the boat ride!
My friend was clearly enjoying the boat ride!
More beautiful flowers.
More beautiful flowers.

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It was a beautiful adventure, that thought me to go out and explore more and to be thankful I’ve been living in this wonderful city for the last 10 months!

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” ~ John Lennon 

 

Peace & Love, 

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