Views across West Lake from Broken Bridge
Walking down the Bai Causeway from Broken Bridge
Morning ballroom dancing by the Broken Bridge
Continuing down the causeway, we are all (except for the power walkers and joggers) enjoying the great views across the lake.
Views across the lake
Restaurants and resting places
Continuing down the causeway, I find galleries and the Zhejiang Provincial Museum. But, the place that intrigues me the most and pulls me in is the remains of the Temporary Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Several emperors used this temporary palace when they visited Hangzhou. Only a few buildings remain, but the few that do and the grounds are spectacular.
Remains of the Temporary Imperial Palace
Along the rest of the causeway are beautiful gardens, welcoming me to the end of this first part of West Lake, including the largest lotus theme garden in China.
Gardens at the upper end of the Bai Causeway
I reflect in the gardens and prepare to continue my adventure around the lake.