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.
Looking down at the food street, now empty.
Drum room up on the tower.
Another tower not far from here.
It’s closed, but you can see its name
Cultural center next to the drum tower.
Old shopping street.
There is a mountain behind the shopping center, it goes all the way to the West Lake.
Many retired people like to take their tea times up on the mountain.
Like all Chinese mountaintops, there is a temple. This one is dedicated to God of Medicine.
Another bigger temple
People also dedicated different places of their own worships.
West Lake from the top, on a foggy day.
Old reading room
National Heroes Memorial
Colleagues, at time of victory, please do not forget us.
Followed the mountain path to the West Lake.
Lotus powder soup.
The famous Leifeng Pagoda is blocked for a fee.
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.
Island not far from here.
Grave of Wu Song, a legendary figure.
What used to be the palace back garden.
Old gazebo for the family. One can imagine them playing chess or enjoying tea here.
Mary Kay Hangzhou.
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.
Gigantic clam-looking creature.
Seahorses, which are illegal to catch.
Bamboo baked rice.
Plant pot ice creams
An old lady selling “Hangzhou local food” in front of her house.