As mother-in-law is with us, we decided to do a little travel, this time to Hangzhou (3-4hours south of Shanghai and once the capital of China). My own mother actually lived in this city for a number of years as a young child.
The first thing we did was enjoy the green hills surrounding the city and visited Dragon Well Village (with a water well that we didn’t feel courageous enough to drink from) and the National Tea Museum situated within a tea plantation. It was really very interesting to learn about the different teas, their production and their medicinal properties.
We then headed into town whose big attraction is the beautiful West Lake. We spent the next day riding bikes around much of it and visiting some of the attractions including the Yue Fei Temple built in honor of Yue Fei – a general of the Southern Song dynasty – as-well-as stopping for a picnic along the way.
‘Shanghighs’: Eating Cai Rou Hun Tun (pork, shrimp and vegetable wonton soup) – another of my favorite dishes, visiting Gongqing Forest Part (a forest in Shanghai! – not without the annoying amusement-park-style rides tucked into one corner)
‘Shanglows’: My husband ‘Seb’ working extremely long hours, the children not wanting to speak in French which is upsetting mother-in-law no end, the neighbors (below us on the 1st floor) complaining about the kids running around the house….. fortunately they are requesting a ‘no run’ policy just in one room of our house and so we’re trying very hard (not always successfully) to please them.
‘Shangunusuals’: I WAS warned to expect that many things would take longer to do here…. but when I left the house to get a couple of passport photos taken I really didn’t expect it to take 2 hours.