Photo Essay: Hangzhou

Photos by Alexa Carrington (Wellesley College), Student Correspondent Middlebury School in China: Hangzhou, Fall 2017

For my first Hangzhou Studies class trip, I went to the amazing China National Tea Museum. Museums tend to be rather hit or miss for me, but I could easily spend a whole day here checking out the exhibits.

For my first Hangzhou Studies class trip, I went to the amazing China National Tea Museum. Museums tend to be rather hit or miss for me, but I could easily spend a whole day here checking out the exhibits.

 

On the way back from the tea museum, a few classmates and I decided to explore the city – an ongoing process of which I'm still hard at work, rest assured.

On the way back from the tea museum, a few classmates and I decided to explore the city – an ongoing process of which I’m still hard at work, rest assured.

 

A (fairly adorable) decorated entryway in Longjing Village.

A (fairly adorable) decorated entryway in Longjing Village.

 

A doorway we stumbled upon during a group hike.

A doorway we stumbled upon during a group hike.

 

Mr. Zhu, a 23rd generation tea farmer of Meijiawu Tea Village, shows us Longjing tea trees.

Mr. Zhu, a 23rd generation tea farmer of Meijiawu Tea Village, shows us Longjing tea trees.

 

A group trip found us making crafts in a pottery shop.

A group trip found us making crafts in a pottery shop.

 

It was hard to believe we were still in the city in the surrounding area of the China National Tea Museum.

It was hard to believe we were still in the city in the surrounding area of the China National Tea Museum.

 

The entryway to the China National Tea Museum, where a giant character for "tea" engraved on the wall is covered by running water.

The entryway to the China National Tea Museum, where a giant character for “tea” engraved on the wall is covered by running water.

 

Within the Hupao Spring park, Guanyin Hall showcases multiple depictions and a statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy.

Within the Hupao Spring park, Guanyin Hall showcases multiple depictions and a statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy.