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China Hangzhou West Lake Fog

5 September 2012

The lake in the fog

The west lake is the #1 tourist attraction in all of China if you believe the signs. I kind of struggle to accept more people come here than say, the forbidden city, but there you go.
It certainly is impressive, and very well set up, with lots of things to see and do all the way around.
I walked the full circuit, apparently about 12 miles (18 kilometres). Plus the kilometre or so each way from the lake to my hotel. This sounds about right as it took me just on 5 hours stopping twice for coffee.

Theres picture overload, the fog makes the pictures pretty crap, but I dont see this mist lifting anytime soon! I was kind of glad its cooler though, in the heat I would have struggled.

China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - Before I hit the lake, I warmed up by punching this bull square in the head. Check out my calves, im a super hero.

Before I hit the lake, I warmed up by punching this bull square in the head. Check out my calves, im a super hero.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - When I got to the lake, this was the view. Very inspiring. Inspiring if you like a sea of grey nothingness, which I do!

When I got to the lake, this was the view. Very inspiring. Inspiring if you like a sea of grey nothingness, which I do!


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - There are certain places you are encouraged to appreciate the view, all with poetic names like 'the autumn moon descends slowly through the everlastin

There are certain places you are encouraged to appreciate the view, all with poetic names like 'the autumn moon descends slowly through the everlasting infinity unto its aqueous slumber'
I dont remember any of the actual names, so I am just going to go right ahead and make them up.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - There would have to be 1000 or more wooden boats available, in all shapes and sizes.

There would have to be 1000 or more wooden boats available, in all shapes and sizes.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - Most of the walk is a good distance from any road, and scooters and cars are banned. When you do get close to the road you can see theres a lot of upm

Most of the walk is a good distance from any road, and scooters and cars are banned. When you do get close to the road you can see theres a lot of upmarket retail around. Including this. Chinese people love wine from my home town it seems.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - 'A floating symbol of virility springs forth eternally from whence upon a dream it beheld motionless'

'A floating symbol of virility springs forth eternally from whence upon a dream it beheld motionless'


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - 'The bovine whilst inept in pursuits most buyoant is forever triumphant as the everlasting force of nourishment'

'The bovine whilst inept in pursuits most buyoant is forever triumphant as the everlasting force of nourishment'


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - This is the path. Theres trees all the way around and generally a couple of hundred metres of park. On the far side of the lake there are mountains, w

This is the path. Theres trees all the way around and generally a couple of hundred metres of park. On the far side of the lake there are mountains, which I may investigate further, you cant see them today due to the fog.
There are also man made causeways across the lake, kilometres long, and maybe 50 metres wide, with many arched bridges.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - 'Rising embers of a time yet to be reach ever upwards towards the stars that bind us all'

'Rising embers of a time yet to be reach ever upwards towards the stars that bind us all'


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - There are 3 proper pagodas, as can be seen in the background here. I think they have all been rebuilt though.

There are 3 proper pagodas, as can be seen in the background here. I think they have all been rebuilt though.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - 2/3 of the global goldfish population amassed in one pond.

2/3 of the global goldfish population amassed in one pond.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - One of the more impressive boats. apparently at night they are lit up in ridiculous amounts of neon.

One of the more impressive boats. apparently at night they are lit up in ridiculous amounts of neon.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - Things only I would notice. You can walk all around here at night. Pretty much every tree has these vines growing up them, until you look closely. The

Things only I would notice. You can walk all around here at night. Pretty much every tree has these vines growing up them, until you look closely. They are clevery disguised electrical cables for the lights.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - I am not afraid to photograph someone elses wedding. If you are going to have your photo taken in one of the worlds most photographed locations, you s

I am not afraid to photograph someone elses wedding. If you are going to have your photo taken in one of the worlds most photographed locations, you should expect this to occur.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - Without a doubt the nicest location for a starbucks ever. I had a second coffee just because of it. This is a fine example of how Hangzhou has done a

Without a doubt the nicest location for a starbucks ever. I had a second coffee just because of it. This is a fine example of how Hangzhou has done a great job of not making the West lake area a tourist hell. There are no vendors selling plastic crap with loud speakers blaring, all the buildings look like this one.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - There are also a number of temples around the lake, and tombs. This one is a temple and a tomb. I decided to visit, perhaps to use the bathroom after

There are also a number of temples around the lake, and tombs. This one is a temple and a tomb. I decided to visit, perhaps to use the bathroom after my second enormous coffee.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - Looks like fabric but is actually carved stone thats been painted.

Looks like fabric but is actually carved stone thats been painted.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - A real tomb. The two mounds here are genuinely old.

A real tomb. The two mounds here are genuinely old.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - OK, this is a different wedding. But they have decided to have their photos taken in a bus stop. I can only hope the reason is this is where they met,

OK, this is a different wedding. But they have decided to have their photos taken in a bus stop. I can only hope the reason is this is where they met, otherwise, perhaps they like busses.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - My lunch, it wouldnt be right if I didnt photograph it. It turned out to be very rich and fatty pork belly under fried onions. It was nice and I was h

My lunch, it wouldnt be right if I didnt photograph it. It turned out to be very rich and fatty pork belly under fried onions. It was nice and I was hungry from my long walk.
Ordering was interesting, there was no menu, just Chinese characters on a wall. They had photos out the front so I took the girl outside and pointed. It seems they dont update their photos often because most of what I pointed at was 'mei yo' which is cant have.
Eventually I asked 'Wo curyi shemme ma?'. Which may be wrong grammatically, but worked as she pointed at 3 things, and I just said yes, not knowing exactly which I would get. It turned out ok, no dried bear penis that I know of.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - And now 2 bonus panoramas. If you click them they are quite large. My camera does these in the camera automatically, you just hold the button down and

And now 2 bonus panoramas. If you click them they are quite large. My camera does these in the camera automatically, you just hold the button down and sweep in the direction you choose. The original image was over 8000 pixels wide.


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Fog - The second panorama.  Not sure what I will do tonight, legs are sore!

The second panorama.

Not sure what I will do tonight, legs are sore!


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