Saturday, December 27, 2008

China Trip - 6th Day Hangzhou

Sunday, 14/12/08 and we are still in Hangzhou. We get to wake up slightly later today, For half an hour later, and we leave for tour at 8.30 am as we won't be going any place further nor shifting hotel. Tonight. we are coming back to the same hotel.
Our first destination is the famous tourist spot in Hangzhou, the West Lake, and cruise around the lake. The view of the West Lake is simply enchanting.

After the cruise, we take a walk down nearby the lake to view the surrounding area until we reached Flower Harbour.

The fishes and birds at Flower Harbour.

Later we walk down to where our bus is. The scenery is just simply too beautiful..
If you are visiting the West Lake and it's surrounding, you can rent the bicycle for a small token which are easily available and returned it to any of it's station where available.
After the West Lake, we proceed to the higher land to visit the famous Tea Museum of Hangzhou to observe how green tea is process. Green tea is the national tea of China.

Followed by a welcome note from the representative and a briefing about the benefit of this Dragon-Well Green Tea, an Organic tea. As far as I know from the demonstration, it has an anti oxidant benefit. From the business card I received, the company name is: Feng Qing Yuan, Address: No. 1 Meijiawu Village, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China. Tel: +86-571-8731-0349. e-mail: FengQingYuan_01@hotmail.com
They have a few category or grades of green tea, but I bought the "A" grade at RMB800 (RM$400.00) per kilogramme. So, with the contact attached, I hope you guys can contact them personally if interested or me as well.
This is the Chinese guy, who doesn't look like a super salesman from the outlook, but he sold more than 20 kilos during our short briefing. The fact is that, he is so humorous that no one feels bore with his talk and even to kids, and has added a lot of facts in his demonstration. After the tea visit, we proceed to lunch.
Our restaurant is somewhere not far from West Lake. In the restaurant, there is a painter selling his painting at reasonable and bargain able price. He can draw anything upon request, with added Chinese calligraphy. Well, my friends bought a big scroll for just about RM$50.00
After lunch, we had extra time. So the guide decided to bring us to visit the jade centre which is partially owned by a Thai. We ended spending time there more than expected as the offer price was reasonable due to some unexpected incident. I bought for myself a few too. It was almost dark when we finished.
At about 6 pm, we had dinner, and later went shopping again. Tonight, our guide, Xiao Xuan asked to end the tour slightly early at 9.30 pm as he wanted to go back home to be with his 9 month old son after so many days separation on duty. He is Hangzhou based.
When we got back to the hotel, we went for our own walk around the hotel area on our own to buy some local stuffs, food, fruits and drinks. It was really cold that night. After about an hour walk, we went back to pack our bags for tomorrow as we'll be moving out again for Shanghai..

1 comment:

Akmal said...

Akhirnya, some part where you spend, huh? :D
Had a small jade before, bought from my friend, excavated from somewhere (Brazil, I think). Dah jadi cincin, bagi kat mak for Mother's day :)