Another transfer day. There was a thunderstorm over Shanghai but not a big problem since we were living close to the subway. We had a quick breakfast at a small snack bar on the way with rice noodle soup and filled bread which was steamed and fried. A filling meal, which was enough until the afternoon.
The train station was very crowded this time but we had enough time and were not in a hurry.
The train took just a bit more than an hour to Hangzhou. The city was much smaller than any of the other cities we had visited so far and also felt very different.
Meng booked a small family driven hotel for us, which was very nice. A bit further away from the center but in a quiet area.
We moved in, went to town and Meng chose a restaurant, which she knew from before because it belonged to a chain. The entrance was crazy because a lot of people were waiting for a table. We needed to draw a number and waited about 40 minutes for the table. In the meantime, we went to the lake and watched the water/music show.
When we finally got in, we had a huge dinner with 6 different dishes. We underestimated the size of the dishes a bit.
I didn’t get a good picture of all the food. But some of the highighlights were pork belly cooked with young bamboo and fish (yes, really).
And a cold duck dish in a sweet soy sauce and fluffy steamed rice bread.
This was it for today already. Hangzhou looked really nice so far and I am looking forward to see more of it and the lake tomorrow.