Today we had (at least for Chinese standards) a wonderful blue sky and sunny weather. Perfect for our first tour to downtown Hangzhou. Our campus is in Hangzhou, but it still takes up to an hour to get to the city center. Another specialty for this trip was our company: back in Germany we met some Chinese students from Hangzhou and became friends.
Now we met them again and got on a interesting daytrip. The most popular sight in Hangzhou and the whole PR of China is the picturesque West Lake. It is one of the four beauties of the ancient Chinese world and inspires a whole bunch of poets and landscape architects. Therefore it was the today’s target. The banks were overcrowded with people who enjoyed the sunny day. It was a good age mix, like I would want to see it in Germany: a few old, more mid 40s and a lot young people and children. The demographic development seems to work right here.
We continued our tour to the great Pagode at the top of a hill with a wide overview over the city. Driving by bus without any Chinese language skills is quite impossible, so we were happy to have our friends with us. I’m really looking forward to our Chinese course to understand the signs-it’s like being a little child who waits for school to start!!!