Hello from Hangzhou!
Last night I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Resort. But we got here so late and left so early I didn’t get to partake in any of the resort amenities. Plus, the gym opened at 8am so I couldn’t even go there! Boo. I went up and down the lobby stairs for a half hour to get my sweat on since I was already dressed to do something.
The breakfast buffet was amazing as usual. Plus this hotel had fresh watermelon juice! This is liquid love.
We started the day with a boat ride on the West Lake.
Lunch was some delicious KFC.
Kidding. But I think it’s fun to check out what fast food places the locals like.
From the West Lake we visited the Green Tea Village. They gave us a whole sales schpill about the tea. Even though I realized it was a sales pitch I learned a few things about tea. I didn’t know black tea and oolong tea are fermented green tea leaves.
And the tea leaves they sell can be ‘re-used’ five times – as in, you add more water in through out the day to keep drinking it.
We were able to eat one of the dried leaves too. They are crunchy and actually kinda good. I passed buying some there, but I plan on going to the market later and picking some up. I’m a big tea drinker in the winter and the health benefits are a bonus!
Lunch in the Green Tea Village
Every meal starts with tea and includes rice (so I haven’t been taking pictures of those every time, just know it’s there).
Most of the dishes have been very similar at every restaurant. One of my favorites has been a dish of tomatoes and eggs. There were eggs at this meal, but no tomatoes.
Chicken and carrots. I’ve found that chicken has been rare in our meals. There has been a lot of pork and beef and even duck, but a few meals have not had any chicken option. I was happy about this one!
I’ve also loved the vegetable dishes. There is almost always a cabbage dish and some kind of other green or broccoli option. This is cauliflower.
This looked like a similar version of a smaller dish we had on the first day. What’s inside?!
Chicken! Actually, this was probably duck.
This is a clam with rice noodles.
Now I’m on a bus headed to Shanghai enjoying a milk pie…
It was a gift from my new friend Chris (the guy photo-bombing me!).
See ya there.