Some call it ‘Heaven on Earth,’ some say ‘City of Romance,’ and others refer to it as ‘Honeymoon City.’ No matter which title you choose, each of them will accurately describe the city of Hangzhou. I mean, even Marco Polo fell in love with Hangzhou, so it must be true!
This ancient Chinese capital city is a scenic beauty in the Eastern corner of China. Life here is a bit more relaxed and easy, compared to most cities in China. With a population of just nine million people, Hangzhou is considered a small city. I know what you’re thinking…nine million, SMALL?!? Well, if you compare it to the one hundred and twenty Chinese cities with a population of over ten million people, yes, Hangzhou is small.
It’s a city filled with natural blossoms and gardens, tea fields, silk, mountain views, authentic cuisine, and the ever so famous, West Lake. If you have only one day to discover this dreamy city, much like I did, spend it taking in the romantic views of West Lake. It is by far the top attraction in Hangzhou, as a World Heritage Sight and ‘symbol’ of the city. So hop on a bullet train from Shanghai and forty five minutes later, you can enjoy some of the Chinese countryside.
Have a look and enjoy some of the beauty that is Hangzhou, China.
I’ve dreamed, visualized, and worked my tail off to get to this point…so here it is, MY FIRST OFFICIAL BLOG POST! My greatest passions in life are now becoming real. No more dreaming or imagining, although I’m still pinching myself just to make sure.
First, let’s start with a little background about ME! I bought my first DSLR in July of 2015. I always knew I had a passion for photography, but I didn’t know the fire that would light inside of me from the moment I held it in my hands and started snapping photos like a mad woman. At the time, I was spending my summer traveling through Southeast Asia; Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. I have to admit, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never touched a DSLR in my life, and I wasn’t even sure where to begin. But anyone that knows me, knows I am persistent, and NEVER give up. This was the perfect opportunity to be surrounded by beauty and attempt to take amazing photos. Well…..let’s be honest, average photos at best, considering my lack of knowledge.
In the two years I’ve had my DSLR, I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve put in the work, done my research, completed courses, learned my camera, and have shot thousands of photos along the way. I made the decision to quit my full-time job of teaching internationally and fully pursue my greatest passions in life; photography, travel, and writing.
57 countries later, here I am! A fire in my soul, making all of my dreams come true.