李明熙、Kimberlogic:西湖龍井遇著 G20 高峰會

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西湖明前龍井/李明熙

第一次遊杭州,自然會被西湖的名氣吸引。三月初春更是賞花旺季,西湖被垂柳、桃花和遊人重重包圍。太子灣公園的鬱金香色彩斑斕,好看,卻也比不上遊人的各種賞花姿態好看,躺著、跳著、搖著,還有咬著,創意無限。

2016_03_Hangzhou_123_L10209881碰巧今年九月杭州將舉行 G20 高峰會,市內大興土木,往返西湖之路水洩不通,所以最佳的遊覽方法還是泛舟湖上。我們一行十多人包起小艇,桌上一人一個青瓷杯,杯中正是西湖龍井。船家說我們走運了,因為我們喝的龍井是昨天才採摘的,即「明前茶」。

西湖龍井分春、夏、秋茶,指三個不同採茶季節的出品。春茶亦分為「明前」和「雨前」,即清明和穀雨兩個節氣之前採的,其中「明前茶」更被評為最上品。而立夏後的出品,一般只作茶包或其他加工飲品之用。團友好奇問船家,他的明前茶葉賣多少錢?船家笑而不語。其實,沒有比在泛舟西湖喝著西湖龍井更有味道, 即使買回家,也難品出「明前茶」的意境。

遊船駛近小瀛洲時,導遊著我們拿出人民幣一元紙幣,那背景圖案正是西湖十景之一的「三潭印月」。不過紙幣上的景點是經過電腦移花接木,因為這三個小石塔跟斷橋和保淑塔的有著整個西湖的距離,根本不能同時被拍到。

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西湖雖有十景,但人多擠迫往往影響心情。事實上西湖很大,只要找對時間和地點,也有幽靜之處。茅家埠在楊公堤後,被茶園包圍,自成一閣。我們早餐後到訪,景區內沒有半個遊人。大家都驚嘆,只是一堤之隔,感覺卻是天淵之別。

Insane Hangzhou Traffic/Kimberlogic

After getting a little taste of Mainland China last month in Guangzhou, when an opportunity to travel to Hangzhou recently arose, I was very willing to travel deeper into the mainland. This trip was different from all my other trips as I joined a group tour. Different isn’t always a bad thing, but it isn’t always a good thing either…it’s just, well, different.

Being on a tour, we had every daylight hour planned for us, a guide to explain everything, a private coach for transportation and every meal scheduled ahead of time. In theory, all of that sounds quite nice, just sit back and enjoy the ride. But, in reality, I felt like a prisoner, not a traveler.

2016_03_Hangzhou_230_L1030394The West Lake is Hangzhou’s main tourist attraction. It is a very large lake minutes from the city which boasts some of the most beautiful gardens, temples, pagodas and scenic views in Hangzhou. Our hotel was only about 10 km from the West Lake and most of our sightseeing was to take place somewhere around the lake each day. Our tour guide had chosen this hotel because it was right in the wetland park and away from the crowds of the West Lake.

One morning we took a leisurely boat ride on West Lake and got to sample fresh tea from the region. Then we had a long walk along the lake. After a very long morning of swimming through the crowds of people around the lake, it was time to return to the hotel for a special tea ceremony. It took almost 3 hours from the time we boarded the bus until we got to the hotel, only 10 km away. The traffic in Hangzhou is insane! Needless to say, we missed tea ceremony and I really began to miss traveling on our own.

Hangzhou has a reputation for bad traffic jams, but very recently they have gotten much worse. The increased congestion is due to the upcoming 2016 G20 meeting which is to take place in Hangzhou in September. To prepare for all of the world leaders that will ascend on Hangzhou, the city has torn up every road, sidewalk, façade, etc. By the looks of the city at this moment, it seems like it just came into existence. We couldn’t find one view or one angle in the entire area we visited that was not under construction.

There was a lot of beauty to be seen in Hangzhou, but between being a prisoner on a scheduled tour and the construction which caused more traffic, I only saw a small slice of it. If I were to travel to Hangzhou on my own after the construction is finished, I think I would find it much more enjoyable than I actually did.

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李明熙、Kimberlogic 雜碎集

我們沒分東方或西方思想,只想以雜碎的遊歷去建立自己的世界觀和價值觀。We are neither eastern nor western mind. We just want to establish our worldview and values through traveling. 【李明熙】 曾用七個月時間從柏林踏單車回港,又不自量力參加蒙古越野單車賽。現從事影像製作、旅遊、教育等,自我催眠周身刀。著有「陌路回家」、「單車遊牧」及「良業遊民」。 【Kimberlogic】 An American who resides on the small island of Peng Chau, in Hong Kong, has a passion for traveling, partaking in local food and drink, different cultures and customs and watching people react to the world around them.

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