Sunset at West Lake, Hangzhou
Marco Polo described it as one of the most beautiful city's that he has visited, but in reality, these days Hangzhou is anything but the most beautiful city in the world (let along China). I was very surprised that a recent article in Oryx, the in-flight magazine for Qatar Airways, described Hangzhou as a premier honeymoon destination and compared it to Paris and Mauritius. It may be a honeymoon destination for many Chinese people, but they are giving the wrong information to the world, and to foreigners, that Hangzhou is a honeymoon destination- it is not. Hangzhou is no where close enough to the Maldives, Mauritius or Paris. The city is heavily polluted and the only decent tourist attraction is West Lake. Apart from that it is like any other city in China.
Having lived and worked in Hangzhou for a year, I can say that I only saw the sun for about a month in the whole year and only got to see a blue sky for a few days in the whole year. Other than that the sky is usually cloudy, heavily polluted (especially around Binjiang District where the Headquarters of Alibaba.com are located) and it rains a lot here too. If you are thinking of coming to live and work in Hangzhou from Europe or North America, then think very carefully before you invest in the time, money and effort because the pollution is a major factor.
Even in these photos you can see that the sun is struggling to shine through the polluted sky. Apart from Lake West, Hangzhou is more of an industrial city these days. Yes, there are the Longji Tea plantations and the Xixi Wetlkand (which is rather boring, unless you just want to take a look at birds all day), however, in my opinion, even Jinji Lake in Suzhou is a much better because it is less crowded and quieter.
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Therapy - Alibaba.com Style!
A Clear Evening in Hangzhou (Rare)
Don't believe what the travel brochures say...in the past 10 months, I have only seen a blue sky on about 6 or 7 days! (it really is that bad...PM 2.5 levels go over the roof sometimes...).
What a Team! Sweet Times at Alibaba.com!
Alibaba.com's HQ at night, Hangzhou
Christmas 2014 in Hangzhou
The weather's similar to the UK...miserably cold (slightly humid), cloudy...just different way-point to the east of the longitude!
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