Photo Essay: Hangzhou

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

During the scavenger hunt during orientation, my group went to Leifeng Pagoda. Here's the view of West Lake from the highest floor of the pagoda.​

During the scavenger hunt during orientation, my group went to Leifeng Pagoda. Here’s the view of West Lake from the highest floor of the pagoda.​

 

A look down at the bottom level of Leifeng Pagoda from above. Perhaps not quite as scenic as West Lake, but it sure looked very serene surrounded by all those trees.​

A look down at the bottom level of Leifeng Pagoda from above. Perhaps not quite as scenic as West Lake, but it sure looked very serene surrounded by all those trees.​

 

Still on the scavenger hunt, my group decided to take a boat across West Lake. While waiting for our boat's rower to arrive, I snapped a pic of all the boats docked nearby and one boat departing.​

Still on the scavenger hunt, my group decided to take a boat across West Lake. While waiting for our boat’s rower to arrive, I snapped a pic of all the boats docked nearby and one boat departing.​

 

Walking around West Lake after the boat ride, lotuses were everywhere on either side of the water. Not many lotuses had bloomed when we were there, but the lotus leaves and the sunlight bouncing off the water made for quite a sight.​

Walking around West Lake after the boat ride, lotuses were everywhere on either side of the water. Not many lotuses had bloomed when we were there, but the lotus leaves and the sunlight bouncing off the water made for quite a sight.​

 

Back at Zhejiang University of Technology, I snapped a picture of nearby dorms and a greenhouse from the window of the laundry room.​

Back at Zhejiang University of Technology, I snapped a picture of nearby dorms and a greenhouse from the window of the laundry room.​

 

During our first group excursion after the first week of classes, we headed off to Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon Island. If you look closely, you'll notice a silver coin to the far left resting upon a lotus leaf; on plants in the water throughout the island, coins were thrown by visitors making wishes.​

During our first group excursion after the first week of classes, we headed off to Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon Island. If you look closely, you’ll notice a silver coin to the far left resting upon a lotus leaf; on plants in the water throughout the island, coins were thrown by visitors making wishes.​

 

At the edge of the island, there's a great view of West Lake and surrounding mountains.

At the edge of the island, there’s a great view of West Lake and surrounding mountains.

 

On the way back from the island and on the way to Baoshi Hill, we walked alongside West Lake and, as usual, there was no shortage of lotuses in the water.​

On the way back from the island and on the way to Baoshi Hill, we walked alongside West Lake and, as usual, there was no shortage of lotuses in the water.​

 

A glimpse of Ruan Gong Islet from a boat on West Lake.

A glimpse of Ruan Gong Islet from a boat on West Lake.