West Lake Day 2, Hangzhou, China

Yulia told me there were good eats around Gulou (Drum Tower), so I went to check it out. Only to discover I was too early for the crowd, they only work nights.

I took the chance and followed the stairs up the drum tower.

Gigantic drum.

Looking down at the food street, now empty.

Guard sculptures

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Drum room up on the tower.

Another tower not far from here.

It’s closed, but you can see its name

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Honor bell.2015-07-21 103

Cultural center next to the drum tower.

Old shopping street.

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There is a mountain behind the shopping center, it goes all the way to the West Lake.

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Many retired people like to take their tea times up on the mountain.

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Like all Chinese mountaintops, there is a temple.  This one is dedicated to God of Medicine.

Mountain path.

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Another bigger temple

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People also dedicated different places of their own worships.

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West Lake from the top, on a foggy day.

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Old reading room

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National Heroes Memorial

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Colleagues, at time of victory, please do not forget us.

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Followed the mountain path to the West Lake.

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Lotus powder soup.

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The famous Leifeng Pagoda is blocked for a fee.

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On the dam crossing the lake. I didn’t know it was advised to ride a bike for this part till I had to walk the entire dam.

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Nightfall.

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Island not far from here.

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Grave of Wu Song, a legendary figure.

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What used to be the palace back garden.

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Old gazebo for the family. One can imagine them playing chess or enjoying tea here.

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Hangzhou Skyline.

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Mary Kay Hangzhou.

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After the West Lake, I decided to come back to the drum tower area for the night market. What used to be empty streets now filled with shop stands and people.

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Hotpot stand

Lake clams.

Gigantic clam-looking creature.

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Grilled centipedes

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Seahorses, which are illegal to catch.

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Scorpions

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Spiders.

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Bamboo baked rice.

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Plant pot ice creams

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An old lady selling “Hangzhou local food” in front of her house.

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