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 advantage of the day. It proved to be a wise move, as most domestic tourists start their day slightly later, and I managed to beat the crowds.
I took a long bus ride into the West Lake 西湖 area, directly to the bamboo-lined path at Yunqi 云栖竹径. The city’s electric public buses are incredibly affordable — at a flat rate of only 2-3 yuan per ride.
Happy to find the path quiet enough to appreciate the silence of the woods. At first I wondered why no one came here. They eventually did — but only when I was leaving.
The entire area is massive and beautiful, but I only explored a short bit of the lake’s perimeter today as it was a scorching day at 34 degrees. Can’t wait for the cool winds to come, and I can explore its nearby hills more comfortably.