This morning we boarded the bus after breakfast and drove to the West Lake, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hangzhou. We had a very nice walk through the parkland and gardens to the edge of the lake where we boarded a boat for a cruise on the lake. During the walk we stopped for a group photo and a young boy and girl joined us for a photo and played with a football we had with us. They were very shy at first but with some encouragement had a great time mixing with our group.
The cruise gave us a great look at the contrast between the inner city of Hangzhou with its skyscrapers and the beautiful hills and trees that surround the city. After the cruise we had our lunch and then we had some time to unwind at the hotel before our visit to the Lingyin temple.