China isn't that bad after all.

Tripoto
2nd Dec 2019
Day 1

Highlights: Flight delayed

12.30 pm. "Pens down" and here goes the last paper of the masters' semester. I have a flight in three hours, do you think I was able to concentrate during my paper? (SPOILER: I GOT A B). The flight was supposed to be scheduled for one day before and I had to fight literally in order to be able to both write my paper (and not fail a whole year) and take a flight.

Oopsy. I forgot to mention that the China trip was sponsored by a course whereby the top students were chosen to represent our country (Yayyyyy!). China. Not the most hyped country. Definitely not on my bucket list. But if my travel costs are being covered, then I might agree to go to the worst countries ever. 😄 but is China that bad as it is being portrayed by the media? P.S I am talking before the corona phase.

So Back to the itinerary; the flight was due at 5pm I think. We (A group of 6 ladies) checked-in. The flight was delayed for 2 hours, which turned out to be 5 hours. At 9pm, we are told to go back home and come again for a flight scheduled tomorrow at 11am. (DAMN YOU EMIRATES!)

The angry and annoyed crowd

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

The long line for free "compensated" food

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Waiting waiting waiting

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 2

Highlights: Flight to Dubai. Transit for 6 hours. Out to visit Dubai Mall and Fountain Show

After spending the night at a friend's place, we came back for our flight which fortunately did not get cancelled again! Pheeww. As compensation, we were offered a transit hotel at Dubai (My second time!). We opted for a night tour instead of relaxing at the hotel. And what other than the Dubai Mall can we choose!

Dubai didn't fail in mesmerising me again! The fountains, the undiscovered parts of the mall, the dubai roads and lights and the first turkish ice cream man show which I have seen with my own eyes!

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Dubai during Christmas season is just wow

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Dubai aquarium

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

The vast dubai airport

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 3

Highlights: Arrival to Shanghai.

This was the most tiresome flight I have ever taken. Kids at my back, chinese people coughing and making irritating throat noises made it worse. The chinese customs are strict. You have to input your face print and fingerprints by standing next to small vestibules (like ATM). If your fingerprints are not detected, you have to line up for manual verification. After that, you have to fill up a form where you will be stating the place you shall be residing. Upon check-out, the officers will ask you questions on the answers that you have just filled and on your reasons for coming here.

At Shanghai, we were greeted with our hosts. From the airport, we took a 3hr bus to Hangzhou (pronounced as Hang-jo). We arrived at our hotel Shui jiao at around 8pm. We had dinner at the hotel itself and were too tired to roam around.

Shanghai airport

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Views on the way to Hangzhou

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Dessert at hotel

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 4

Highlights: Hangzhou, ZSTU campus tour, Silk museum

We had breakfast at the hotel then left for a campus tour. We were amazed by the autumn leaves and bicycles all over the place. Chinese people do not use cash. Technology has touched the peak. Even when boarding the bus, just a contactless touch from your phone is enough.

We had lunch at the campus mess where you have to take your tray, choose your dishes and place them onto the tray. At the end, you have to weigh the tray and depending on the weight, the amout to be paid is calculated.

We then visited the silk museum where we got to know about the silk making process. We also saw beautiful artifacts and fashion designs made by students that were used in fashion rampwalks.

Miniature village

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Fashion artifacts

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Silk cocoons

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

We made macramé

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Campus tour

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Beautiful alleys

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 5

Highlights: Wuzhen

After breakfast at hotel, we moved to another city called Wuzhen, about one hour by bus. Wuzhen is probably one of the most famous water towns in China if not the most. It is truly beautiful and is worth a visit. 

We also visited the World Internet Conference place. Unfortunately, due to our missed flight we couldn't attend the last day of the conference but the place and sights were amazing at night.

This is the entry to the water town. Long time back, women and men were not allowed to walk in together. So two different pathways were created. One for men and one for women.

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Small shops in the water town

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

The traditional chinese wedding scene

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Wuzhen at night

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Typical chinese dishes in restaurants

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Wuzhen summit centre

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 6

Highlights: Nanhu

The day comprised of museums, pagodas and boat rides.

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Translator given by guides

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Felt like the Dhoom scene 🤣

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 7

Highlights: Shanghai Disneyland

No one is too old for fairy tales. Rightly said. We took a slow train from Hangzhou to Shanghai and then metro which leads us directly to disneyland which is the last stop.

The lines at Disneyland were awful. 2 hours to take a ride in the Snow White and 7 Dwarfs segment. I recommend buying the premium tickets for those who do not have the patience.

Overall it was a less fun but more tiring day. We even missed the last train and had to take taxi and when we reached back to our hotel, the main gate was closed. Pfff. I hope Disneyland Paris is better?

You want to buy? ☹

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

The disney parade

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Bullet train

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Are we in India?

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

Metrooooo

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa

The magestic tree

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 8

Highlights: Jinshan Village

We went to eat at a local family's place and made homemade dumplings which were yummy. We thought it would be a typical poor village but the houses are more beautiful than those in big cities. Houses with three storeys everywhere.

We then visited some beautiful pagodas on high mountains. The walls were similar to that of the Great Wall of China. Looking at the amount of donations that they give, the chinese people are indeed rich!

Healthy starter dishes!

Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Photo of China isn't that bad after all. by Lakshaaaa
Day 9

Highlights: Hefang Street, West Lake