Lanterns, night markets and cheap eats
From the remote countryside to a pretty city 4 hours away by bus. We hit Hangzhou with a destination in mind, the Hefang youth hostel. Hangzhou is a beautiful town by a large lake where you are free to walk around and enjoy. Hangzhou looks like it was deliberately designed to look authentically Chinese rather than naturally being so (rather like the various China Town's in our western cities). That said it was still a beautiful and relaxed place - our favourite city in China so far.
(Apologies for the lack of photos in this entry. Our camera memory card went missing. Fortunately it was a fresh memory card and only the photos of Hangzhou were lost.)
We spent 3 nights here planning, chilling, eating from the cheapest hawker stalls in the most amazing night market. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 people would set us back only £5 per day)
A more epic journey planned - destination Palawan in the Philippines for a touch of Paradise. Trains, planes and jeepneys are the choice of transport to get there. A four day camel hike commences...