I'll explore the delights of West Lake, but first arrive in Hangzhou and get my bearings, walking through Wulin Square in the center of town and taking in at the sites. In the center of the square is the Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, an impressive building surrounded by gardens and sculptures, a beautiful and calming mixture.
Zhejiang Exhibition Hall
Buildings surrounding Wulin Square
A short ways from the square is the grand canal connecting Hongzhou to Beijing and smaller canals weaving through the city, great places to walk and relax.
Grand canal and small canals through the city
Small parks throughout the city
Another predominant feature is the space set aside for bicycles and the large bicycle sharing program (like most Chinese cities).
Whimsical bicycle locking stands
Hangzhou is a bicycle-friendly town and features covered stops at street corners so that the bicyclists can get out of the elements while waiting for the light to change.
Bike lane with covered stopping area
I'm starting to get a good feeling for this city and look forward to exploring everything this city has to offer.