The weather has been friendly to us as it was pretty chill and cooling throughout our first week in Hangzhou. Since there were not many activities planned for the first two batches of students, many of us decided to take the opportunity and venture on our own to see different sides of Hangzhou.
A few of us went to the Grand Canal, one of the less touristy places in Hangzhou. In the past, many businesses were located along the canal, since it was the vital communication line then. The exterior of most shops now has been renovated, and many continue to run their businesses. Yet, the place was not entirely commercialised.
There, Hangzhou seemed to remain in its old form, raw and tranquil.
The people were carefree.
The time was still.
Roaming around aimlessly, we sort of blended into the scenes too.