The guardian of the Mona Lisa and many other famous paintings is the Louvre. This museum is huge and by huge i mean you need atleast 3 to 4 hours to cover it. The Mona Lisa was smaller than i expected but none the less this museum is a must visit as Paris is incomplete without it.
Westlake is named the pinnacle Hangzhou experience, and the willows help set the movie-like scene for the most picturesque spot to shoot wedding photos. There’s something about these willows by the lake that make them oh-so-romantic. Perhaps it’s them waving gently in the wind like they’re having a dang good time soaking up the golden sun. Best Way To See Them: Hire a bike and peddle your way through some scenic routes such as around the iconic Broken Bridge.
This place is called Song Dynasty. It is actually a man-made attraction which reconstructs how China used to look during the Song Dynasty. There are ancient houses that you can visit.. there are also workers who don the Chinese traditional costumes walking around the area. There are even little stalls along the way selling traditional Chinese snacks and candies. If you are lucky, you might even catch a performance!
InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort
This Intercontinental is about 20km or so away from the city center. It's like an island on it's own, with breathtaking views from any angle. The pool of the hotel is facing the lake and it's beautiful in the morning. At night there is a lighthouse, however it's quite dark and can't be seen. The rooms are big and spacious with a couch and two single beds each big enough for two people.
INS Chapal is a warship which has been converted into a museum and now open for visitors. You are shown a short film about the life on the voyage and you get to explore the entire width of the ship to get a glimpse of the voyager’s life. Alongside is the Karwar Aquarium which houses a wide variety of fish. I initially thought it would be nothing great but the sheer variety surprised me. Both these are just on the Tagore Beach, so you could couple a visit to these places along with the beach.
This is the ancient water town called 'Wu Zhen'. Do note this place is not in Hang Zhou city but it is about a 1.5 hour taxi ride away from the city. I wouldn't highly recommend you to visit this place if you are running a tight schedule in Hang Zhou as you are required to spend about 3 hours in total travelling to and fro from this water town. But if you have extra time on hand, it won't hurt to visit this place because it definitely has its "traditional feel" to it.
Beautiful scenery! We took a day to tour the islands. There is a tourist spot to buy tickets for speedboats that allows you to take different routes to explore different islands. This takes up about a whole day, and I suggest starting early. We left the BnB at 6:30am reached around 7am got to the ticketing booth around 7:30am, difficult to park around there. A speedboat takes around 10 people and each ticket is around 120rmb. There are private boats as well but more expensive. We had 10 people, so we technically had a private boat ;) Each island has a different name, due to their special characteristics. On another day we traveled for about 2 hours to get to a old town, 芹川古镇 (Qin Chuan Old town). This town has a very long history and is relatively hidden, but has become a popular place to visit in recent years. Most families have stayed there for generations. Getting to know the people and the history of the place was very interesting. However, do bring someone who understands their dialect, because it's hard to interpret even if you understand mandarin.
This is one of the few cities in China that is not THAT commercialized for tourists just yet. Some roads are still muddy roads with bumpy rocks. There is no well-known hotel chain here yet, and therefore we stayed in one of the motels we managed to find. It was around 150RMB for a double room (non-peak period). We drove from Shanghai to this place, and I love the fact that no matter where you turn your head, you see beautiful mountains and scenery EVERYWHERE. There are many attractions in this area, despite them all being similar (it's all about climbing more mountains to see more scenery). Most attractions take about 1-2 hours.
The Mekong Delta also knows as the rice bowl of Vietnam has popular little islands fondly named after different animals that the Vietnamese consider auspicious- The Phoenix Island, the Dragon Island, the tortoise island and the unicorn island! The local names are obviously much harder to pronounce, and these seem to be the fun and easy versions for tourists to recall! We visited the Tortoise island firstWe started our journey to the Tortoise island first to sample some great produce in the island listen to traditional music. The island has abundant fruit orchards and owing to the fertile land they use no chemicals; it’s all organic. Dipped in some chilli salt, we ate these local fruits to our hearts contempt while listening to some traditional music!
Lingshangrenjia -> 岭上人家, can be directly translated to 'People on the mountain range'. This attraction is made up of restaurants built on the mountain edge that continues till top of the mountain. The photo I took is from the carpark, quite a distance away from the restaurant as a river runs between the mountain and the carpark area. There is a bridge to cross to get to the opposite side. All the restaurants serve similar things, and the specialty in that area is 烤全羊 (kao-quan-yang), which is 'Roasted whole lamb'. So just pick any with many people inside and preferably with air-conditioning as its hot in summer. The lambs are 'fresh', as you can hear them 'bahhh-ing' when you walk nearer to their kitchen (I didn't dare to go look..). The lamb is just nice for a table of 12 people, of course with other add-on dishes. The cooks are fantastic as the roasted lamb is sprinkled with all sort of spices that create so much flavour there is no 'lamb smell' at all. I highly recommend this place! If you are not a fan of roasted lamb, I still suggest visiting this place just to see how amazing that the restaurants are built on the mountain edge.