August 07, 2013

Swelter Epoch

Before we conducted domestic flights from Beijing to Hangzhou, we caught a glimpse of Bird Nest Stadium. It is Beijing National Stadium which is hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of athletic event. The shape was chosen so that it would express something related to the Chinese traditions and culture. Its circular form represents Heaven while the adjacent square resembles the Chinese symbol for Earth. It boasts the largest ski resort in urban Beijing now. Anyway the local aircraft gave us a box of super plain porridge with pickled cucumber and red beans only as our lunch set menu. It tastes nothing. Nothing at all. Or may be I only tasted the salinity. So I stopped eating due to that “awkward moment” in my mouth.

We landed at Hangzhou after having about 3-4 hours of flight. Andi, my new local tour guide, said that the temperature at the time reached 38 celcius degrees, and the average temperature of the surface of the soil reached 45 celcius degrees. Yeah should I say, hello again, Jakarta? But wait, it kinda even worse. Jakarta’s average temperature only reaches 33 celcius degrees. What a super swelter day.

Fio's Grandma, Emily, Glenaldi

The first destination was West Lake. I think it would be your highlight if you are on your Hangzhou trip. I mean it is absolutely worth to be. Mountains adding much to the landscape of plentiful plant resources around the lake. They said West Lake is heavy with literary and historic associations. The lake and causeways are excellent for strolling or cycling on a rental bicycle.

 Ikko, Geraldi, Glenaldi, Emily, Fio, Nico, Niki

They are the ones who enliven the vacation. Holiday was really in the air because of them.  They are all pretty much in the same age, except Geraldi and me, but it did not deter us to tell silly stories each other every single day. We played a guessing game all the day, singing like a such a shameless people, sometimes laughing at Andi's ability in speaking in Bahasa, eating saltiness dishes every day, and staying up late during the night to finish icon pop, doing a silly gymnastics competition, and also keep going on many stupid thingy. I was really glad to know them all.

We got around on foot, and we were bathed in sweat. The next tough destination was Yue Fei Tomb. As Andi said Yue Fei was a patriotic national hero of Southern Song Dynasty. He has never failed in a war and murdered for crimes he didn’t commit. Widely seen as a military general in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture.

Mommy, Emily, Fio's Mommy

Our beautiful evening was closed with Song Dynasty Show. It is a large stereoscopic musical drama which was adopted by the legends in Hangzhou City, integrated the world music with acrobatic art. You can have a strong visual impact. With an indoor theatre fits more than 3000 seats, you can see one of the most spectacular show in the world. An intelligent mix of Chinese history and modern technology which makes them one of the best show you can see, even from an international point of view.  The court of the Song Dynasty, fantastic battles, horses crossing the scene, old Zheijiang music and modern music makes it a night you will never forget. I must say that was the best show I’ve ever watched. Cheerio!

Unbranded (online shop) 3-tone Dress // Topshop Bag // Converse Sneakers 


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