Huizhou West Lake (Southeast Gate)
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Paddle (Your Boat), Nap, Repeat
After a really tiring month at work, I needed to get out, so I bought train tickets to Huizhou in search of some respite from the crowds and heat of Guangzhou. My first day there, I planned on exploring the West Lake area, climbing a mountain, and maybe going for a swim. Then my plans changed. Huizhou's West Lake requires an all-day visit (and, in fact, I returned for half an hour the following day before taking the train to Guangzhou). I wasn't expecting much (many people consider Hangzhou's West Lake to be the best in China and visiting on a dreary day left me unimpressed), so, boy, was I surprised! I never made it inside the pagoda or the museum about Su Dongpo, partly because I ran out of time and partly because the breeze and the natural sights were so calming that I had no desire to go in any building. In the meantime, I rode a paddle boat through the blue sky's reflection in the water, strolled over the bridges dotting the islands, roamed among bonsais of all sizes and giant lotuses, and fell asleep under the shade of a ceiba tree to water swaying before my heavy eyelids.
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