The Grand Canal of China

I lived in Hangzhou for three years from 1995-1997.  The HK return year was 1997. I was sitting before a lighted box photo exhibition of HK, wearing a long skirt, with shoulder length hair, it was summer time.  The light box was produced at our studio. The photos were token by my boss of that photo studio. I was enjoying taking retired elders out for lotus photos, giving them instructions, supervising for photo print quality.  We had photographic classes for universities and studio owners. I think we did great job in photographic services.  I met a few good local photographers.

Hangzhou has a post card of West Lake, a legionary story of “White snake” and “Duan Qiao”, a bridge where the white snake was fed by a young boy Xu Xian and she took great appreciation to marry him, a story well described by literature and movies.

With the hosting of G20 in Hangzhou this year, Hangzhou becomes even more well known for foreigners.  Spring cherry flowers, summer turnips, mountains and historical sites, rest tea houses for “Long Jin” tea and “Hu Pao” spring, “Lin Yin” temple, with these charming places, Hangzhou is a place to enjoy life.

A few days ago, I met my old classmates in Hangzhou. We had a walk along the “Gong Zheng” bridge of the site of Grand Canal of China.  The old factories around the river area were renovated and changed into handcraft exhibition centres such as hand fans, scissors.


The riverside has ferries for traveling.  Old boats transport sand.


Local people enjoy the view from the corridor, a cool place to spend time and meet with locals.  Tea houses along the river are also popular for meetups.  


Pavilion and under tree seats are other resting places to go over the bridge.  A huge sweet-scented osmantus tree still has some flowers.


A stone statue stands at the end of walking ways to the bridge.


Finally, let us take a a final look of the bridge.

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Author: Cathy Tsui

Entrepreneur in wine and gifts. Importer and Exporter. Promotional products consultant; Italian shop owner; wine specialist; WSET certificate; self-media; wine talk show, "Let's taste some wine!" Those are old stories now. I am now an inspiring travel agent.

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