Another early start. We'd breakfasted, packed and were ready to leave for Hangzhou by 8:00. We all piled into the mini bus and left for the airport. The flight for Hangzhou, MU5146 took off on time at
collected our luggage, and somehow got both the luggage and all of us into the awaiting bus for
the 30 minute trip to
together with Jenny (our
guide in Beijing) and
Nancy (our local guide). Hangzhou is approximately 2000km south of Beijing, situated in
the highly fertile Yangtze River delta. The former large state-owned farms have been
broken down into thousands of large, long and thin allotments, each with it's
own multi-storey house – often with
an antenna on top, looking like a replica of the Eiffel Tour!
arrived at the
hotel to learn that the Hangzhou
carnival had just ended (bad
timing) – and it seemed that the whole of Hangzhou
were out on the streets
around its famed
(probably not as the
population is 5 million).
rooms were a lot smaller than in Beijing, and on top of that, they
wanted to fit in a baby bed for Daji – we decided it was probably better to put
the two double beds together into one big bed for the four of us! We met Lars, Dorthe and
Caroline – who’d visited Caroline’s orphanage in Hunan
province - and had had a
very good and positive trip.
weather was warm and sunny, and we went for an afternoon trip to the
nearest supermarket in preparation of the next day. We generated a vast amount of interest – 7 westerners with 4
Chinese girls. One family gave Yanmei a balloon.
After deciding that the
swimming pool wasn’t fit to swim in – resulting in four very
little girls; the three of us went for our first walk along the lake – to the
“lovers-bridge” and back. It was fun to see all the Chinese out for their
Sunday evening strolls – and yet again Yanmei generated a lot of
The hotel was
The hotel washosting a wedding ball and the bride and groom were waiting in the lobby as we returned. They agreed to pose for a picture.
Dinner was at the rooftop western buffet – we could have been anywhere in the world, the food was mainly western. But they did have ice cream for dessert, so the girls were happy - although Yanmei preferred muscles and other shell fish to ice cream (so much for Christina's warning not to eat raw fish and shell fish!).
was the last day before Daji's arrival, and the last day with good weather in Hangzhou
– at least until the day
We slept well despite the expectation of what the next day would bring.