ALP 2015 [Day 008] - Student outing

We had an activity today where a group of us comprising of ZJU and SUTD students come together and make friends while traveling around Zhejiang to explore stuff relating to our chose theme.

So ours is......drumroll......Hangzhou delicacy!

TO ADD IN GROUP PHOTO

Our ZJU friends (Sam and Iris) were great hosts and you could feel their enthusiasm from the well planned itinerary where all we need to do is to follow them and immerse into the local culture.

Let's start of with more interesting observations again!

  • uber (private taxi) service may have drivers using their own automobile as the taxi
  • the public taxi has in-car camera!
  • that cool taxi uncle has 2 phone 0.o

In-car camera

notice a Samsung and Xiaomi

First stop, National Wetland Park

This place is very serene and peaceful where you can take a slow walk in the park and enjoy the great scenery and refreshing air.

wetland-park

While waiting for another vehicle to arrive...

See how creative these workers get...

Interesting thing spotted! This fortune path is made up of 100 pieces of Chinese character written by 100 different people.

fu-path

fu

Some view on a bridge

view

The sign read: Slow POST. every 10th of the month

How interesting!

slow-post

There's a place that features the story 水浒传 (http://fanyi.baidu.com said it is: All Men Are Brothers, a popular fiction by Shi Nai'an (施耐庵))

shui-hu-zhuan

more-characters

Inside this building, there is a martial area where it is said to be the place where all the 108 hero in the story came together and fight for freedom but failed. (i don't know the story at all)

entrance

So apparently Chinese loves martial Arts a lot.

martial-arts

Next up! We talked around the street that mimics the street in the past during the times where dynasty existed.

street

shop-view

general-view

There's this yummy-yum-yum purple rice snack that you really need to try....

snacks-shop

This is a place that i personally enjoyed a fair bit as the items on display are exquisite and intriguingly beautiful.

Ceramic art Museum

ceramic-art

Still cannot imagine how they made those texture so real

ceramic-figurine

Lunch is at where smelly tofu is <3

tofu-restaurant

Looks are deceiving...but it tastes good :P

smelly-tofu

Not sure why the angle of this photo is wrong no matter how i rotate but this tofu noodles had the right proportion and lots of veggies that suited me perfectly.

tofu-noodles

Local ladies making the flower-band that is sold at the tourist attraction

flower-band

This probably translates to be a Victory Observatory where people come here to celebrate the successes like Ace-ing the examination. We went up and had a breathtaking view of the Wetland park.

victory-tower

tower-view

Followed by an ice-cream cream from Sam

green-bean-ice-cream

The next place we headed to is near West lake, known as [西泠印社]. Scholarly people in the past used to move there and spend the life up in the mountains, improving their literature and self-cultivation.

It was mentioned that they deliberately made the path up the hill tough so that there's minimal visitors which translates to more time for self-improvement. Their introvert nature is said to be the key for the rich Chinese culture we see today.

seal-engraver

seal-entrance

Some seal patterns on display

seal-pattern

Huge seal!

huge-seal

Next up is a place known as Su Causeway[苏堤] in commemoration of a famous Poet and Politician by the name of 苏东坡

It is said that the length of the Su Causeway represents the amount of contribution (very very very long)

su-di

su-causeway-sign

su-causeway

If i recall correctly, the land on the other side is the city.

It's like you can come over to have a walk away from the city at the place where i'm standing and head back continue fighting for your living after a break from the hectic life.

city-view

The last part of the day is about enduring a crazily packed bus where people keep finding ways to hope up the bus...

I will soon be uploading an Audio clip of how it's like being in a public bus in China..

Something interesting again: fast charging station for the annoying electric bikes

bike-charging

This is even more interesting: selling food to people from the inside of their house

food-selling

Here's some photos of our recent bus ride to have a feel of what its like.

This looks like us in a ready-to-be-caned position

bus-1

Welfie cos why not?!

bus-2