China Trip – Hangzhou 杭州: Zhi Wei Guan & Xi Hu West Lake 知味馆，西湖 (Day 1) – After exploring Qing He Fang Cultural Street which has not much thing to see, without wasting time, we headed to the famous Xi Hu West Lake next. However, we have to eat something first because brother did not eat anything for lunch. I didn’t have much appetite though.
We get to know about Zhiweiguan Restaurant has good Dong Po Rou 东波肉, so we hopped on a motorcycle-tuk-tuk style vehicle which brought us to Zhiweiguan near to Xi Hu West Lake.
Zhiweiguan is a famous restaurant in Hangzhou. I’ve head that Dong Po Rou is pork with fatty belly that must not be missed in Hangzhou. After trying out, it’s awesome, but not that wonderful as people said afterall. Perhaps we went to a wrong shop? Since Hangzhou was just tour-for-fun, we didn’t bother to look for the best Dong Po Rou. We also ordered Xiao Long Bao to try out. One sad and funny thing is that the restaurant does not serves Chinese tea. OMG! Chinese restaurant with no Chinese tea. I wonder why? We’ve to buy mineral water from convenience store nearby.
After a little bit of food, we walked to the famous Xi Hu West Lake. Everybody say Xi Hu (West Lake) is a must-go attractions in Hangzhou. It’s a very big lake, standing by the lake side feels super duper cold because of the wind. I read that you can hop on the boat which brings you to a garden on the other side of the lake. Unfortunately, it’s raining, the weather was no good, the scenery was not really nice also. So Xi Hu did not leave a good impression to us.
What’s cool by the Xi Hu is that there’s many branded shop, designer’s brands located across the street at Xi Hu. It’s like a luxurious shopping street along the lake which is pretty cool.
Since, it’s cold, nothing much to see in the blur rainy weather, we went to look for cab to bring us back to the train station to go to Shanghai. Sadly, it’s very hard to find a cab at there. Then local thought us to take the bus which will bring us to the train station for only 2RMB. Cool and cheap! =D
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