Why Hangzhou China is truly for lovers (and Valentine's Day) | Speaking of China

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  1. Ryan
    Ryan February 9, 2015 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    When I went to China in 2005 to meet my girlfriend (now wife), we hightailed it to Hangzhou from Guangzhou, and it was awesome! We stayed around the fold in the mountainside from Xihu, and we strolled there, ate there, shopped there… And we added trips to Liying Temple and Longjing for another awesome day. Nothing like buying 龙井茶 from a tea picker in their house. The city was pretty decent, too.

    Too bad our paths didn’t cross then!

    1. jo
      jo February 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm | | Reply
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      jo February 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm | | Reply
  2. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary February 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm | | Reply

    I have never been to Hangzhou but by the looks of it, it is a perfect destination for love and romance. The private tea setting is both cultural and romantic. And I love the fact that you included things that you enjoy for free – a walk in the park, the flowers in bloom. Sometimes being romantic and enjoying each other’s company doesn’t have to cost a thing.

  3. robert
    robert February 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm | | Reply

    It’s a nice location to visit over a weekend if you haven’t been there before – especially from Shanghai it’s very convenient to get there (not sure if visiting on an official holiday is a good idea though). I especially enjoyed the Liying temple and the walk to it with the small caves and Buddhas. The West Lake was nice too, probably because we went in late autumn and not too many people were around.

    However if the weather doesn’t get any better soon, it’s probably more romantic to stay home and cuddle in the warm 😉 … or maybe just head over to the top of the Jin Mao and watch the sunset while having a cocktail…

  4. Eileen黃愛玲
    Eileen黃愛玲 February 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm | | Reply

    Dawen and I like to visit Hangzhou and since we live in Shanghai right now, we can go there more often. We’ve been there three times so far. 🙂

  5. Holly Hollins
    Holly Hollins February 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm | | Reply

    I’ll go for the 龙井茶! Just kidding! 😛 I really am now intrigued on the city now and 龙井茶 is my favorite type of tea anyway. 🙂

    When I go to China I’ll have to definitely try to go :3

  6. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen February 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm | | Reply

    I loved West Lake when we visited in 1986. What I particularly remember is exploring the lake in a small boat.

    I love the romantic names (like Orioles Singing in the Willows) of your favorite romantic spots. The peach blossoms are gorgeous, but the lotus blossoms are my favorites. I think it’s because I like the way they’re painted in both Chinese and Western paintings.

  7. Sveta
    Sveta February 11, 2015 at 6:52 am | | Reply

    Have to admit that the place looks pretty awesome. Love the scenes. Hope that someday I might be able to visit it. If not the not.

  8. Mary
    Mary February 12, 2015 at 4:15 am | | Reply

    Oh my goodness!! I love Hangzhou, and I love how you introduced just how romantic the city is! Hangzhou is one of my favorite cities, I just wish the traffic was a little better (is the new subway helping out the congestion?).

    I would love to have Valentine’s Day in a teahouse! And with a stroll around West Lake! I’m very jealous.

  9. Cure Your Heart
    Cure Your Heart February 13, 2015 at 1:28 am | | Reply

    Hi there. I am Frank and I am a Chinese who is living in Hong Kong. First of all, I want to say “thank you”. Thank you for your sharing and writing. To speck frankly, this blog widens my horizon with how foreign people see China also the experiences in China you had. I like your photos, they are really beautiful especially the view of the night garden. I believe that nothing is better than standing there with the person who you love. I have no idea China has such an amazing place like there. I would like to spend my time to surf your posts here. It is an interesting blog. Thank. You and Good night. 🙂

  10. Andrew Darwitan
    Andrew Darwitan December 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful place. We sadly missed the osmanthus season just by a week! But even then, the place is magical esp. when it gets all misty.

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