2011 - Backpacking to Shanghai, China day 1, 2

Backpacking to Shanghai
18 winter days in China
29 Nov - 16 Dec 2011
(L-R) Chew Leng Soon, Tay Seok Hooi, Wong Lai Van, Christine Leong, Bernard Lee,
Ching Neng Bin at the Lingyin Temple Park

Day 01 (29.11.2011) AirAsia Kul/Hgh D7-306 1755/2225 hrs

Our flight landed at XiaoShan International airport, Hangzhou at 10.10 pm and took a taxi (RMB105) to Mingtown Hangzhou International Youth Hostel at 101-3 Nanshan Road. The room rate here cost RMB65 pp twin room on the West Lake. Took a walk and checked out the nearby In Lake hostel. Dormitory there cost RMB60 per person. We met Bernard’s Malaysian girlfriends (Christine Leong & Wong Lai Van) who traveled from Shanghai by train. They also stayed at the same hostel.

Temperature: 18°C (min) and 23°C (max)
Accommodation: Hangzhou International Youth Hostel at RMB65 pp twin room

sunset view from the plane at 30,000 feet
checking in at Hangzhou International Youth Hostel
not bad, our room has a sky-view window on the roof and side-window
Day 02 (30.11.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake walking tour)

After breakfast (American- RMB30 pp) at the hostel café, we took Y2 bus (Y3 pp) to the Lingyin Temple Park. The self conducted tour around the Lingyin Temple Park took about 3 hours. We had tea at the Tea Pavilion, after which, we took K7 bus (RMB1 pp) to the Silk Shop. From the nearby bus stop, we then took K274 bus back to the last bus stop at Qinchun Road. From here we walked to The Grandma’s Restaurant (Wai Por Chia) at DongPo Road for dinner. On the way back we bought some bread for next day’s breakfast. It rained throughout the night.

Temperature: min:4C max:18C
Accommodation: Mingtown Hangzhou International Youth Hostel at RMB65 pp twin room

in front of the Youth Hostel
American breakfast at the the Youth Hostel restaurant
took this Y2 air-con bus for Y3 pp to Lingyin Temple Park

the famous West Lake is about 5.6 sq kilometers
Hangzhou City view from the West Lake
the best way to see things is by walking (bus 11)
main entrance to the Lingyin Temple Park
rub the tortoise and will be blessed to travel more places as our own saying

at the Feilai Peak or Lingjiu Peak stand in front of the Lingyin Temple
at the Feilai Peak or Lingjiu Peak stand in front of the Lingyin Temple
over 330 different stone statues built during the 10th to the 14th centuries by the caves

statues of different poses and the most notable of them all is the one of Laughing Buddha

entrance to Fayun Village inside the park

the colorful leaves of the maple tree along the main road
the Grandma's Restaurant (Wai Por Chia) at DongPo Road for dinner
be prepared to queue and wait as the restaurant is always crowded
delicious special hotpot herbal chicken and the traditional stew skin-on pork
so for those out there, don't miss Grandma's magic - it's worth the wait

Nov. Day
EXPENSES ..RMBY. . . .RM . .Total Per pax
29 1 a. Taxi - Hangzhou airport to Mingtown 105.00 53

b. Room - Mingtown IYH (65 X 4) 260.00 130

Y365 Y91.25
30 2 a. B'fast - Mingtown hostel café 110.00 55

b. Busfare to Lingyin temple 12.00 6

c. Entrance fees - Lingyin temple (45 X 4) 180.00 90

d. Tea tasting @ Lingyin temple (30 X 4) 120.00 60

e. Busfare to Silk factory 4.00 2

f. Busfare to Grandma's Restaurant 4.00 2

g. Dinner @ Grandma's Restaurant 165.00 83

h. Bread for tomorrow's b'fast 57.00 29

i. Room - Mingtown IYH (65 X 4) 260.00 130 Y912 Y228

Total expenses for 2 days per person is Y319 or RM159

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