Today I took a day trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou (杭州), once the most populated city in the world. Today, it is 8.5 million people, and only the sixth-largest city in China.
By Chinese standards, Hangzhou is practically a village.
I didn't see much except for West Lake, but I wasn't exactly wowed by what I did see, and West Lake is Hangzhou's most famous attraction. Don't get me wrong. It's nice. It's a lake. But, it's a lake. There is also a famous tower there; however, the original pagoda was destroyed, and what you see today, with the exception of the original foundation, was all rebuilt in 2002.
|Chinese photographer in Hangzhou, China.|
|Leifeng Pagoda, in the distance; Hangzhou, China.|
|Passengers at the Hangzhou Railway Station.|
|Outside of the Hangzhou Railway Station, in eastern China.|
|Bullet train between Hangzhou and Shanghai.|
|I took this bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai, and it reached 314km/h (194mph).|
|Housing across the canal and behind the railway station in Hangzhou, China.|
|David and Alisa, two friends met today in Hangzhou; David teaches math, and Alisa teaches English, although Alisa said that today was the first time that she has ever spoken English with a foreigner. They are both from Quzhou, China. David did not have an English name until today, when he asked me to give him an English name. I considered Larry, but settled on David.|