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Shanghai & Hangzhou, China


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To Shanghai

We took the overnight train from Beijing to Shanghai. Since Edward so graciously booked first class tickets, we only had to share the cabin with two other gentlemen. Being a first class cabin, these guys were college educated Chinese, very polite and proper. They must have been asking themselves how the conductor let these two western bums on the train.

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In search of The Bund

Shanghai is a large sprawling city, but the financial district is not as big as we had imagined. We walked 5 miles in search of The Bund (historic Shanghai waterfront from the old British days). When we finally found The Bund it was night-time, a good thing, because it's best viewed at night. It also offered amazing views of the skycrapers of the financial district, across the river.

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Hangzhou & the West Lake

We took a short train ride from Shanghai to Hangzhou, home of the famed West Lake. We stayed at a wonderful little hostel near the lake.

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There are 25 lakes in China named West Lake, they all get their names from this one. The lake is dotted with romantic willow trees and has a couple of tree lined causeways that criss-cross the waters, giving one amazing views of the lakeshore and various pagodas that adorn the park.

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At this point in the trip, Edward reached an awkward stage of hair growth. It is too long to leave as is, but not long enough to do anything else with it. As an homage both to his colleague Adriel and his brother's middle school days (you know what I mean), he decided to grow it fro. For better or for worse, it is reaching towards the sky. Stay tuned for the next chapter of Edward's hair.

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Posted by edcastano 07:00 Archived in China

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The last picture! I thought this is the movie start Leonardo... nice style! keep it!

Francis,ur smile is kind of magic. since people can feel peaceful! hope u are happy everyday!

by amyan

May be you guys heard of the the beautiful love story happened at the West lake after arrived China...anyway, meet ur right person at the right time---that is true love!

by amyan

Edward i think you might want to cut your hair, i don't think all the extra weight is good for your knees. i love the blog keep writing and i'm sure some of us will follow your lead and go on a trip too, because you're right sometimes it's now or never.

-Jacob

by loststar

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