Though we have travelled a lot ,this is the first time I am attempting a travelogue... more so, because I did not find any about china here. Of course I have been ably aided by google We landed on Dec 4th at Hangzhou a sub-provincial city located 180 kilometres southwest of Shanghai to a freezing temperature of 2 degrees after a five hour flight from KL. Our first place for sightseeing was the lei feng pagoda, a 5 storey tall tower with eight sides, located on sunset hill, south of the west lake in Hangzhou. It was originally constructed in 975.destroyed by the Japanese in the 1600s, and reconstructed in October, 2002.we could go up the elevator and see a most picturesque view of the West Lake and the surrounding hills. The underwater stage at West Lake was our next and last stop for the day and the sun had already set by 5 pm. Since it was winter and hazy and a no show day we did not see the show but were told about it. I found the idea really innovative and amazing. The stage is 6 inches under water and the actors perform on the stage giving the illusion that they are performing on water. The show is usually the depiction of a Chinese wedding with all its finery and all the trees surrounding are lit up and people watch the show sitting on a boat. Dec 5th: The West Lake area and the surrounding hills to the south have been largely responsible for Hangzhou's reputation as "Paradise on Earth." We had a lovely 40 minute boat ride admiring the panoramic scenery, weeping willow trees, flowering peach trees, rockeries, ancient stone bridges, and hills dotted with multi-tiered temple pagodas. Then to Mei-jia-wu tea village : a journey through a scenic countryside, winding roads and a tunnel. We were ushered into one of the guest rooms and seated in U-shape table. Then a lady walked in and shared with us a lot of the technical knowledge about Longjing tea - such as how the tea leaves are picked and processed, health benefit of Longjing tea and how best to brew and preserve the tea. And then we were served the tea, the woman making the mundane art of pouring tea a delightful art to watch. It tasted subtle, some said it had a delicious chest nutty aroma but to me it tasted like seaweed and smelt like spinach. But when served with dried orange peel and cranberries it was quite drinkable. The green tea candy was extremely delicious.