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The city & gardens of Suzhou 苏州

On the cab ride from ulu Wangshan to Jinji lake 金鸡湖, which is just outside the city center, we passed massive traffic jams on a parallel highway. Seeing that sent my anxiety levels through the roof, and I asked the driver what was the Golden Week situation like…

The Suburbs of Suzhou 苏州

Golden Week. A much welcomed week-long holiday in China, but also the most dreadful period to travel within the country as half of its population is doing the same. Everyone warned me about popular tourist spots, and wished me luck when I told them I planned to visit…

Longjing tea, hikes, and new friends

We had a long weekend thanks to the Mid Autumn Festival 中秋节 holiday, and I managed to visit both Longjing village 龙井村 and Daming mountain 大明山. I spent Saturday exploring my neighbourhood, and concluded that I should really kill my hopes and stop trying to seek out “fun”…

Sunday alone time

Another weekend, another couple of days to explore Hangzhou. Today I headed out to the West Lake again. It’s massive, so it takes multiple visits to discover all of its sights. This time, I explored the Su Causeway 苏堤春晓. The path itself is flanked by incredibly lush foilage,…

First weekend in Hangzhou

Even though there’s no time difference between Hangzhou and Singapore, the sun rises and sets a full hour earlier here. As a result of that, I’ve been waking and sleeping way too early. This morning, I woke at 5:30am, and left the hotel at 7:30am to take full…

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