|This picture gives you a flavor for the area. Credit: http://scenery.cultural-china.com/en/107Scenery10811.html.
It is a marvelous city, though hot and humid for most of three seasons and bone-chillingly cold in the winter. The weather was perfect for a walk around the West Lake (Xi Hu). The views of the Leifeng Pagoda were breathtaking and this picture does no justice.
There were hundreds of boats available. It was pretty penny to take a ride in one of these man-powered ones so we took a bigger motor boat.
This interesting sculpture was constantly over-run by tourists waiting their turn for a picture.
Actually, if you want to see a lot of people, head to West Lake on a holiday weekend. As far as the eye can see along the causeway, it is shoulder-to-shoulder.
|I daresay the rear end of a peacock is nearly as attractive as the front.
Instead of going to the Leifeng Pagoda, we went, on the recommendation of a local denizen, to the ancient Lingyin Temple. You should read about it. Some of the most amazing sites were not photographable...unless I wanted to act like dozens of disrespectful Chinese tourists, who had their flashes flashing inside the five great halls.
There were fantastic laughing Buddhas and beautiful meditating Buddhas.
|This picture was taken by my companion, as were the photographs of the temple itself (below).
|This picture was taken by me inside a stone cave.