On Day 5 the family and I boarded a bullet train for Hangzhou, a city about 45 minutes from Shanghai.
When we arrived, we checked in to our AirBnb, then took a brief walk to West Lake and ate at a local restaurant. The real walk would be tomorrow so we called it an early night.
Day 6: Well we walked the Lake, climbed the magically “moderate tourist density” Leifang Pagoda, and ate “big mac” sized mango smoothies and ate at another local restaurant called Green Tea (this was really good).
See below for photos of the “beautiful Chinese West Lake” and other Hangzhou spots.
On Day 7 we parted ways and my parents and I headed by train, 5 hours to Beijing. See Family in China Part 3: Exploring Beijing.