This is a super belated post. We took this trip in October!
Well, we finally managed to go for our very first long-awaited, long-put-on-hold local holiday. It was a short 2D1N weekend getaway to Hangzhou...
We took a high-speed train from the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station. This railway station looked like an airport...it was huge and modern, and the system was impressively efficient!
Inside the train....the journey took approximately 1h30m with a maximum speed of over 300km/h
We had an early lunch immediately after reaching Hangzhou. No lunch pic (we had pick-own-ingredient noodles) except for this big tumbler of fresh fruit juice that mummy bought for me after lunch :)
We spent 2 days (our entire trip) just walking leisurely around 西湖 or West Lake, Hangzhou's main attraction.
We took a boat ride too...
The boat ride cost about RMB40 (RM20+) per person (can't really remember the actual price cos it's been 2 months since the trip :p)
We hopped off at an island in the lake....
The name of the island is "Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon" and the whole place is a beautiful park/garden!
Looking at one of the remains (all nicely preserved like this) of a temporary Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty
And then we just continued walking....there were just too many different sights and scenes along the lakeside...
We went to a famous local restaurant and joined a massive queue of 81 people ahead of us. Crazy!! We waited 1 hour+ to be seated @-@
After the long wait, we got so hungry that we greedily over-ordered and ended up with 6 dishes... steamed Chinese yam (山药) with berry sauce, mashed tofu, salted egg pumpkin, yam with greens, grilled brinjal and baked fish. Food was not bad and the bill came to about RMB90 (less than RM50).