2011 - Backpacking to Shanghai day 4, 5

Backpacking to Shanghai
18 winter days in China
29 Nov - 16 Dec 2011
at the Hangzhou West Bus station
Day 04 (02.12.2011) Hangzhou by bus to Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake)

After breakfast at 8am we took 2 taxis (RMB29 per taxi) to the West Bus station. The bus ticket (RMB60 pp) departing at 11.30am for Qingdao Lake. After a 2 hour journey we arrived at the long distance bus terminal and took K7 bus (Y1) to Lu’You Matou. From here we took K004 bus (Y1) to Jin Yuan hotel (Y120 a room for 2) at Xiushui. Ms Wong and Christine stayed at the Elan Inn Resort (Y440 a room for 2) through internet booking. We then checked out the water-front and the boat jetty area. Had noodle for lunch at Chun’an Boji Tofu Workshop. A farewell dinner was organized for Lai Van and Christine for they will be returning to Shanghai the next day. We had an expensive fresh water Song Fish dinner at the restaurant opposite our hotel. The 4.5kg Song Fish Head cost us a ‘bomb’ - Y486. Went back to Lai Van’s Elan Inn Resort room for a chat before bidding them farewell.

Temperature: 1°C (min) and 7°C (max)
Accommodation: Jin Yuan hotel (Y120 a room for 2) at Xiushui

very scenic country side along the way

arrived at Lu 'You Matou and took K004 bus to Jin Yuan Hotel
this JinYuan hotel is by the Qiandao Lake and has the same name as my son

the boat jetty at Qiandao Lake is 129km from Hangzhou city

hundreds of tourist boat stranded at the jetty as there are no tourist in winter

noodle for lunch at Chun’an Boji Tofu Workshop
check out our ferry for the next day crossing
sunset view at the boat jetty
farewell dinner for Lai Van and Christine - returning to Shanghai the next day
last chat before bidding farewell to Lai Van and Christine in Elan Inn Resort
Day 05 (03.12.2011) Qiandao Lake by ferry to Shendu by bus to Tunxi (Huangshan City)

We woke up at 5.15am for our coffee and some buns given by Lai Van. We then walked 10 minutes to the jetty to board the boat (Y41 pp) departing at 6.30am to the town of Shendu. (Two boat trips a day: to Shendu: 6.30am and 12.30am from Shendu is 7.40am and 11.30am). The boat made a few stops among the islands to pick up passengers. After 4 ½ hours boat ride we arrived at Shendu. We had noodle and hard-boiled egg for lunch. We continued the 1 hour journey by bus (Y8pp) at 12 noon to Shexian. From here we changed to another bus (Y6.5 pp) to Tunxi. At the bus station we took the taxi (Y9) to Huangshan Old Street Youth Hostel (Y140 a room for 2) where we stayed.

Had a good rest at the hostel and at 3pm we walked to explore the Old Street. We later took a taxi to the train station to get the ticket for travelling to Nanjing on the 6th. Came back by taxi and had a very good dinner at a shop facing the river. We then walked to the New Street to buy bread and buns for breakfast and for the day trip to Mt. Huangshan.

Temperature: 5°C (min) and 12°C (max)
Accommodation: Huangshan Old Street Youth Hostel (Y140 a room for 2)

the luxurious bungalow houses at the water-front area

Thousand Islets Lake (Qian Dao Lake) is a young lake formed in 1959 as a result of the construction of New Anjiang Hydroelectric Power Station. It is a beautiful lake with 1,078 islets showing different views in different seasons.
the spectacular sunrise view behind the lighthouse
the beautiful mountains at the background and the cold mist rising above the cold water

stopped by at this town to pick up passengers

stopped at another town for passengers
finally after 4 ½ hours boat ride we arrived at Shendu town

noodle and hard-boiled egg for lunch at Shendu piers
continued the 1 hour journey by bus (Y8pp) at 12 noon to Tunxi (Huangshan City)

we stayed here: Huangshan Old Street Youth Hostel (Y140 a room for 2)

The street starts in the west at Zhenhai Bridge, a stone arch bridge built during the Ming Dynasty, and ends in the east at the "Memorial Archway." Its total length is about 1.5km and the sides of the street are laid with slab stones.
easy to attain mental tranquility while strolling along the old street
shops and stalls sell interesting antiques and ink stones, brushes, local teas
The shops, workshops and residences have continued to maintain the characteristics and operational layout of ancient stores such as "shop in the front and workshop or house in the back". The flagstone-paved Tunxi ancient street is lined with well-preserved antique shops.

also many small food vendors and some excellent dumpling restaurants

First built over 700 years ago, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the street is flanked by some buildings from this period. More noticeable are the buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), during which time the "Tunxi Ancient Street" became a distribution center for goods and materials to Huizhou.
The shop names in the ancient street have a lot of culture meanings, which shows that the merchants in Huizhou are scholar-merchants. Many of these shops carry more than a hundred years of history, such as "Tongderen" (Medicine Shop), "Tonghe" (Steelyard Store), and "Chengdexin" (Sauce and Pickle Shop). These stores continue to use the same methods of production, display, and operation as they did in ancient times.
street starts at Zhenhai Bridge, a stone arch bridge built during the Ming Dynasty
pavement is 5 to 8 meters wide, laid with large red flagstones

Most of the buildings are only three stories high, stone-based and brick-laid. They are decorated with small green tiles, wood carvings in the Hui style, ancient shop signs, and red-lacquered with double eaves on the roofs.

EXPENSES ..RMBY . . . .RM . .Total Per pax

a. B'fast - Mingtown hostel café 96.60 48

Day 4
b. Taxi - West Bus Station 38.60 19

c. Busfare - Hanzhou to Qiandao Lake 240.00 120

d. Local busfare to town & Elan Resort 8.00 4

e. Noodles @ Chunan Baji Tofu Workshop 114.60 57

f. Sweet potatoes & yoghurt 22.00 11

g. Song fish head dinner 324.00 162

h. Room - Hotel Jinyuan(120 X 2) 240.00 120

1,083 270.95

a. Boat fare - Qiandao Lake - Shendu 164.00 82

Day 5
b. Noodles @ Shendu piers 33.00 17

c. Bus fare - Shendu to Shexian 32.00 16

d. Bus fare - Shexian to Tunxi bus station 26.00 13

e. Taxi - bus station to Old Street IYH 10.00 5

f. Biscuits for Huangshan climb 60.00 30

g. Bread for Huangshan climb 60.00 30

h. Taxi fare to train station 15.00 8

i. Train fare - Tunxi to Nanjing 426.00 213

j. Van to Huangshan base(Tangkou) 72.00 36

k. Dinner @ Tunxi town 160.00 80

l. Room - Old Street IYH 278.00 139

1,336 334.00

Total expenses for day 4 and 5 per person is Y605 or RM302-50

Day 01 (29.11.2011) AirAsia Kul - Hangzhou D7-306 17552225 hrs
Day 02 (30.11.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake walking)

Day 03 (01.12.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake cycling)
Day 04 (02.12.2011) Hangzhou by bus to Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake)
Day 05 (03.12.2011) Qiandao Lake - ferry - Shendu - bus - Tunxi (Huangshan City)
Day 06 (04.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Mt.Huangshan
Day 07 (05.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Hongcun & Xidi
Day 08 (06.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - by train to Nanjing

Day 09 (07.12.2011) Nanjing
Day 10 (08.12.2011) Nanjing by train to Taian (Shandong)
Day 11 (09.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Qufu
Day 12 (10.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Mt. Taishan
Day 13 (11.12.2011) Taian by train to Shanghai
Day 14 (12.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Suzhou
Day 15 (13.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to The Bund
Day 16 (14.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Zhujiajiao the ancient water village
Day 17 (15.12.2011) Shanghai - Tian Zi Fang, Yuyuan garden & shopping

Day 18 (16.12.2011) Shanghai by train to Hangzhou AirAsia D7-303 to K Lumpur 14101910 hrs


  1. Hi, came across your blog post about Qiandao Lake and am really impressed at how you broke it all down to what you did and how and how much. I've been living and traveling in China for 4 years now and I find it hard to keep track of my journeys, esp bus numbers and such. I was wondering something though, since I'm travelling to Qiandao Lake from Beijing this Saturday, why did you go in winter?

  2. Hi Owens, we travel in a group and we appoint a treasurer who keeps the pool money and record the expenses and I blog the journey and keep all the photos taken.

    You know we came from Malaysia which is hot all year round and that is why we want to go to cold places to experience winter.