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China Hangzhou View Hiking West Lake

5 May 2018

Resurrection of the day

The rain stopped at 4pm. I had my face pressed against the window in anticipation, as soon as I saw it had stopped I was out the door. My destination - the small hill along the edge of the lake with the brick pagoda on top. My verdict on this area - excellent.

I had actually been there on my last trip to Hangzhou, but on that occasion i walked up from a different side and straight back down again, no idea why, because it is an excellent walk all the way along the top of the hill and down the far side into a completely different area of Hangzhou.
There were not too many other people up here, although I could see that everyone who was visiting the lake was waiting for the rain to stop so they could make their mad dash around it in the mini buses to view my 10 new amazing lake sites, I can already tell my list is a big hit.
I could have easily done a list of 10 new things to see on the hill as well, because in the post rain light there was excellent fog and mist, strange twilight sunsets over the city, and a one in one hundred year appearance of the dual hounds of hades! (dogs that guard the gateway to hell).

China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I wanted to get up there to where that tower is, I assumed I would be able to approach the hill from the pointy bit nearest the city. I was wrong, I m

I wanted to get up there to where that tower is, I assumed I would be able to approach the hill from the pointy bit nearest the city. I was wrong, I made 3 attempts that resulted in retreats.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Instead I found myself walking back along the west lake, lots of people were setting off on their lap now that the rain had stopped.

Instead I found myself walking back along the west lake, lots of people were setting off on their lap now that the rain had stopped.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I found my path, here we have a gate, fog, steps, bundles of electrical wires.

I found my path, here we have a gate, fog, steps, bundles of electrical wires.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Yes, the photo everyone takes, enjoy the modern recreation of the ancient pagoda.

Yes, the photo everyone takes, enjoy the modern recreation of the ancient pagoda.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - The lesser causeway in the lake.

The lesser causeway in the lake.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - There are numerous slippery rock paths to choose from, I tried them all and never slippd over once.

There are numerous slippery rock paths to choose from, I tried them all and never slippd over once.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I was really enjoying the late afternoon view of the rain clouds leaving the city.

I was really enjoying the late afternoon view of the rain clouds leaving the city.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Have a bit more lake, and fog leaving the forest.

Have a bit more lake, and fog leaving the forest.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Here we have the other side of Hangzhou, the non lake side, rarely seen!

Here we have the other side of Hangzhou, the non lake side, rarely seen!


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I have not taken one of these for a few days. I was so happy (cant you tell?) that the rain had left and I could run up a hill today. I originally int

I have not taken one of these for a few days. I was so happy (cant you tell?) that the rain had left and I could run up a hill today. I originally intended to run up lots more hills a lot further away, but any hill will do.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - There are lots of things to do here on the hill. There were some Chinese kids camping here, you can see their rolled up space blanket things on the bo

There are lots of things to do here on the hill. There were some Chinese kids camping here, you can see their rolled up space blanket things on the bottom of this ancient shrine. I told them a ghost story about a weird white guy who collects Chinese childrens teeth, they descended immediately.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I decided to keep heading in this direction, through the fog, down the far side of the hill.

I decided to keep heading in this direction, through the fog, down the far side of the hill.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - There was a chance for one last view of the sun hitting parts of the tourist side of Hangzhou.

There was a chance for one last view of the sun hitting parts of the tourist side of Hangzhou.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I was surprised at what I found on the far side of the hill, here we have a tea plantation, thats it, no more just this little bit in this hidden vall

I was surprised at what I found on the far side of the hill, here we have a tea plantation, thats it, no more just this little bit in this hidden valley.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Thats when I stumbled into these dogs guarding the gates of hell! Quite surreal.

Thats when I stumbled into these dogs guarding the gates of hell! Quite surreal.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - Then in an amazing twilight I descended through the sacred bamboo forest, with kung fu warriors flying over head.

Then in an amazing twilight I descended through the sacred bamboo forest, with kung fu warriors flying over head.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I exited the hill area by skirting around a pay to enter temple garden, without paying.

I exited the hill area by skirting around a pay to enter temple garden, without paying.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - This part of Hangzhou is the government building area, it now has a brand new (opened last month) subway line. Here we have the olympic stadium. Can y

This part of Hangzhou is the government building area, it now has a brand new (opened last month) subway line. Here we have the olympic stadium. Can you remember the Hangzhou olympics? So many wonderful memories, China won every single medal and they also came 4th in every event so invented a new kind of medal made of silk.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - This is the local power companies building.

This is the local power companies building.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - And from what I could work out, this is the police headquarters. It is a new building.

And from what I could work out, this is the police headquarters. It is a new building.


China-Hangzhou-View-Hiking-West Lake - I returned to the area near my hotel for dinner, descended underground and found a place claiming to sell Hangzhou specialty noodles. OK then. It was

I returned to the area near my hotel for dinner, descended underground and found a place claiming to sell Hangzhou specialty noodles. OK then. It was noodles, not sure what was special, they were nice and spicy, but just noodles. Hangzhou specialty - plain noodles.


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