We stayed for one night in Hangzhou and took the train from Shanghai Hongqiao station. Had read that it could be difficult to catch a taxi. but the signs at the station for the taxis led us to the subway instead so we decided to try public transport. Unlike Shanghai the ticket machines were only in Chinese. but we managed ok. Once we got out at Longxiangqiao we headed towards the lake and the hotel was less than a 10 minute walk away. Am sure we were the only ones arriving on foot, but we were welcomed and given access to a lake view room on the club level (booked using Hyatt points).
This was our first stay at a Hyatt and the room was very spacious and quite nicely appointed. A great start for our first night in China. We headed to the Regency club up a flight of stairs and enjoyed the snacks and drinks. Outside of the lounge is a big terrace with great views of the sunset and water show. We asked the concierge to arrange tickets for the Impressions West Lake show the same evening. He told us it would take 45 minutes to have them delivered so we decided to wait in the lounge. However after 45 minutes he told us that the courrier was stuck in traffic so it would take longer. If we had known earlier we would have gone for a walk instead, but just as we were about to leave the tickets showed up and the concierge arranged for a taxi to take us to the show.
The show location is opposite the Shangri La hotel, which we also considered booking but was much pricier. Even though it was quite chilly in November we could rent winter jackets and really enjoyed the outdoor performance. Certainly not cheap, but just as memorable as watching a Broadway musical when we were in NYC.
We decided to walk back to the hotel after the show, about 45 minutes along the lake. Had read about the great Chinese restaurant at the Hyatt, and we had a great meal. Pricey for local standards, but very reasonable for this standard of cooking.
The next morning we had breakfast in the lounge and went for a walk on the lake. Had plans to visit a tea plantation, but we would have been too rushed to catch our train back to Shanghai so we took a paddle boat ride instead, We were very lucky with the weather which was quite sunny and clear, and enjoyed our brief visit to Hangzhou with a great stay at the Hyatt. The staff were friendly enough and the hotel was very comfortable, which made it quite shocking when we returned to the Hangzhou train station which was crowded and dirty.
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