We spent this past weekend in the beautiful and very historic city of Hangzhou (hong joe) two and 1/2 hours outside of Shanghai. It’s famous for all it’s tea plantations, the most famous being the Longjing green tea varietal, it’s beautiful Xihu Lake, Buddhist Temples and tall pagodas. We both felt driven to walk the entirety of the lake even though the weather on Saturday was 95 degrees with humidity equaling that of a Korean sauna. It took us just over 3 hours, Ken kept telling me to slow down but I am incapable of walking slowly, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, it’s like I am constantly in a race. All I needed was for someone to pin a number on my chest and hand me some gatorade.
On Sunday it rained lightly all day and was much cooler so we decided to visit some sights by car. We stopped by the Chinese Medicine Museum which also still has a working pharmacy on the ground floor. It’s pretty amazing really. You can thank the Chinese for lot’s of things you have today that help aid your ills. I couldn’t help but think about those poor lads that were part of the trials. I mean, the wrong mushroom can send you to the grave pretty quickly.
It’s said that Marco Polo visited Hangzhou (1138-1279) at the height of its prosperity and described it as “the city of Heaven, the most magnificent in all the world”. Not hard to imagine it was back then and that’s even before anti-perspirant.