We arrived just at dusk and after checking into our hotel, headed to the famous West Lake to look around. It was a beautiful night and we both commented that the air smelled so fresh as compared to smog filled Shanghai.
From West Lake, we grabbed dinner and ended the night with some insanely relaxing foot rubs. Calling them a foot rub is rather misleading though as you also get a neck and shoulder rub while your feet soak in lavender water. Foot rubs are huge in China and for roughly $15, you can have someone rub your gams for an hour. Heaven I tell you.
On Sunday, I had booked us a full day of tea touring (more on that in a future post) but we were able to sneak back out to West Lake for a bit to enjoy an early morning stroll. The park area was full of meandering paths, beautiful flowers, and towering trees. Despite the large number of other people, the whole setting was intoxicatingly serene.
Of course, no trip to a park in China would be complete with witnessing some morning exercise.
In the end, Hangzhou was the perfect place to spend a few days and unwind. I have no doubt that this will become a frequent destinations for us, one where we bring visitors when they need a break from the bustle of Shanghai. Speaking of visitors, my parents booked their tickets to come visit us in November! Even though their visit is still quite a few months away, I cannot wait for them to get here. While I can give them a glimpse of our lives here through this blog, I know they will be fully able to appreciate our new home once they experience it themselves. So book your flights now, because our guest room is taking reservations.