Photo Essay: Hangzhou

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

butterflies

During fall break, a classmate and I went to Shanghai, where we stopped by a zoo with an amazing and vibrant pinwheel archway alongside rows of bright butterflies.

 

Inside the zoo, we rode a Ferris wheel. The ride lasted about six minutes, which gave us ample opportunities to take in the scenery.

Inside the zoo, we rode a Ferris wheel. The ride lasted about six minutes, which gave us ample opportunities to take in the scenery.

 

lanterns

After spending a few days in Shanghai, we headed to Sanya, a city in Hainan province.

In Sanya, we headed to 天涯海角, named "The End of the Earth" in English. 

In Sanya, we headed to 天涯海角, named “The End of the Earth” in English.

 

beach

The coast of Dadonghai, a beach about five minutes away from the hostel we stayed at. In Dadonghai, as with many other places in Sanya, it’s easy to see why people refer to Hainan as the Hawaii of China.

 

boardwalk

The boardwalk of Dadonghai was chock full of restaurants and vendors. Aside from Chinese food, there was also a wide availability of Russian food, to my surprise.

 

cable car

On a hike during a weekend trip, a few classmates and I opted instead to take a cable car up the mountain.

 

Swaying bridge

During the hike, we came across a long bridge that swayed when we crossed it.

 

 

At a temple we went to on the way back from our weekend trip, worshippers lit and placed red candles. In addition to candles, people also lit incense as a show of respect and devotion.