Arriving at the train station in Hangzhou, I now needed to find bus Y17. Thank goodness there was a sign pointing to where the buses were in English, but after I followed it upstairs, I still wandered around for a half hour to find the right bus, as there was no order to where which bus was located.
I almost gave up, but perseverance paid off and I found it. The hostel had sent me directions, which is how I knew to take Y17, but only sent me the stop name in English. Luckily someone understood what I was saying and I found out it was four stops away. I got off the bus, a bit hesitant that I was in the correct place and reread the directions. They said the hostel was down an alley way across from a hotel. I looked up and down the street and it was lined with trees. Not a building in sight. So I started walking in a direction, apparently the correct direction, because I saw the sign for the hotel, looked across the street and saw the alley. The second success of the day!
I dropped off my luggage and proceeded to explore the lake. Despite a light drizzle, the scenery was just as promised, it looked like a Chinese painting. I got a chance to climb the Leifeng Pagoda next to the lake and learned about the legend of the White Snake. I also finally made it my first monastery this trip, saw some interesting Buddhas and
Things I am learning about China:
- Traveling is going to be easier then it was, but still challenging.
- My Chinese roommates always want to share some food with me, usually sweets. I need to start carrying some sweets with me.
- Men in Shanghai and adjoining areas carry their girlfriend's or wife's purses.
- Toilet training is very different here, once babies start walking, they wear split pants, that is there is an opening in their pants, so they can squat and toilet when needed.
- Chinese people have dogs as pets, they are no longer just for eating.
- As China makes their national attractions more tourist friendly they are doing it right, the pagoda I visited, had elevators and escalators, as well as music piped in discreetly on the grounds.