The Shanghai family also known as Da Pu Lu family (us) decided to go on vacation on vacation. The destination: Hangzhou. To our knowledge this is a cute little town only an hour away by train from Shanghai. We booked a hotel room, quite luxurious for 13 euros per person, we had a girls room and a boys room, and upon arrival we put on our tourist shoes and roamed around looking for sights. The lake in Hangzhou is beautiful, we saw many Buddhist temples and the nature surrounding the temples was stunning as well.
We had a bit of a shock during one lunch when I searched for the inhabitant amount of Hangzhou which turns out to be nearly 8 million people! We had realized that it was bigger than we had anticipated, but we were thinking this city could be about as large as Amsterdam, not half the size of our country!
The atmosphere in Hangzhou is way more relaxed and easy-going, the people are friendly and when you cross the street in a designated place; the cars actually stop to let pedestrians cross. We were amazed! Later we found out that Hangzhou is the happiest city in all of China. We completely understand and concur.
At times we compared certain areas to Amersfoort or Scheveningen. We Dutch tend to compare places to ones familiar to us, for example I call Shanghai: “the Chinese New York City”.