'West Lake' (Placid)
I took a weekend trip to Hangzhou, a city of one million an hour outside of Shanghai. The city surrounds West Lake, and the Chinese believe it to be the perfect fusion of people and nature. At the hotel I was staying at, my friend and I got adopted by a young business man from Shanghai, who took us to all of the best restaurants and teahouses unknown to tourists. He also introduced us to the public bikes that you can rent for many hours at a time, and give them back at depots all over the city. We biked around West Lake all day, and I took this photo of the girl holding a balloon in front of a houseboat. I felt completely serene in this moment.