Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 June: Shanghai: Day 4: Hangzhou

Travel Date: June 15, 2010
Destination: Hangzhou

We booked our Hangzhou Trip from AbsoluteChinaTour.com (http://www.absolutechinatours.com/Hangzhou-tours/). We were picked-up by the Guide in BeeHome. We thought that we are joining a guided group tour. Then, it came to us by surprise that we are riding a car since we are the only guests who booked the tour on that day.

After around one and half hours of driving, we reached the first stop – Six Harmony Pagoda. At first it was good, learning the culture, taking our time as to when we will return to the car.


Then, we went to Meijiawu Tea Village. Beware of this traditional tea ceremony. Even if this is very informative on health ideas, you will be suggested to buy their product – I really don’t want to buy it, but my sister wants to, so we ended up buying 1 can of green tea.


We had a very quick lunch, short cruise and walking at the West Lake. This is when I started not to enjoy the tour. As if we are running on something, were walking so fast. We are not stopping on some scenic places. Bai and Su Causeways were not that attractive as seen in internet photos.

The lesson is not to book a tour during any local Holiday – like Dragon Boat Festival. There are lots of locals and tourists coming to the river and lakes – that you’ll end up not enjoying the trip.

By the time we reached Shanghai again, I started to feel cold. After a short stroll at the Malls in Central – we already went home as I was confirmed sick.



Tip: When travelling, prepare all your medicines and carry with you a thermometer. It is so hard to find thermometer that even Watson’s staff don’t understand English.