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Lori:I was so excited about this trip having heardabout the lake but never having been there before, even more so, I come from anisland and the thought of once again being surrounded by water called loudly tothe island girl in me (I really miss the beach).
Lori:The day started with menavigating my way to the meeting place (thanksApple Maps!), being superblygrateful that the Zhejiang Daily Press building was so close that I didn’t needto ask for further direction with my non-existent Chinese. Of course, thenfollowed the meet and greet that always happens when a bunch of foreigners in Chinaget together: (“Oh, you go to Zhejiang Daxue as well?!) Near immediate kinship.After being partnered with my kickass, fashion forward partner Xiyu aka Lilian,we were off!
Lori:Completely unsurprisingly,every meal over the two days was pretty fish heavy but the main fish dish (I’mso bad with Chinese names) of the first day was my favourite for sure. Not thatthat was all there was. There were so many dishes I actually wondered at onepoint if we were at Hogwarts in the Great Hall (nerd alert) even though thefood didn’t come up through the tables, it certainly felt like it just keptappearing. Dish after dish after dish after dish. Most of which I had to askLilian what they were in English, but deliciousness pretty much sums it up.
这是Lori最喜欢的一道菜，我看着她盛了一碗又一碗，嘴里不停说：“I LOVE IT!"有红油的一侧为辣鱼头汤，白色的一侧为清汤鱼头，两侧各有氛围，满足不同人对辣味的需求。鱼肉鲜嫩，鱼汤可口，同桌的很多国外友人也都纷纷点赞。
Lori:After pictures (none ofwhich were taken by me but all of which were later shamelessly stolen by methrough WeChat), it was back on the bus and off to Group B’s first sightseeingdestination, the rural village of Xia Jiang.
Lori:Unfortunately I couldn’tunderstand the tour guide，but Lilian and the Chinese organizers helpfully translated some of the shared information with me as we visited at the touristoffice, walked along the village roads and took pictures on the bridge over theriver.
Lori:Definitely the best part of that trip was picking the grapes, which are one of my absolute favouritefruits. I’ve never even been in a vineyard before so it was really somethingand wow the grapes were sweet! I felt like one of those cartoon characters withwide bugged out eyes the whole time we were in there.
Lori:Then it was time for paddleboating on the river where our boat, was of course victorious in the water gunwar even with only one gun working (I might be wrongly remembering the outcome of the water warbut hey, artistic license :D). Our boat was definitely the most fun however aswe had a small visiting passenger who I’ve just now decided to call Froggy(soooo original, I know). He wasn’t as green as his brother Kermit the Frog andhe made one of our passengers a little jumpy themselves (pun most definitelyintended) but he eventually bid us farewell and went on his way.
Lori:After which we packedourselves back in the bus, thoroughly exhausted from all our activity-ing(Disclaimer: not a real word but it feels right in this context). On our wayout we were all gifted with boxes of grapes from the village, which, fulldisclosure, did not even last me 24 hours after the trip. After checking intothe fancy-schmancy hotel, it was off again for dinner where fish reignedsupreme once more and where again, there was So. Much. Food. Another fantasticmeal to end the day followed by a nice walk back to the hotel.
Lori:After a great breakfast atthe hotel (yummy croissants) it was time for the main scenic area, the greatQiandao Lake itself. We’d been seeing it all along our journey in thesurrounding area so far but now we were going on it. We got on a boat thatlooked a bit like a barge and I admit all I heard in my head was Phoebe fromthe TV Show ‘Friends’ saying, “You NEVER run on a barge.” I’m pretty sure Istole a picture from WeChat of myself smiling like an idiot at my phone as Itried to remember the exact episode the quote came from. On the other hand, itcould have been me smiling like an idiot as my friend messaged me complainingabout the heat back at home and I gloated nicely (oxymoron, I know) about thewonderful breeze that was blowing on me as we sailed across the lake. Honestlythough, the whole time on the boat, the whole day really, I was awestruck bythe beauty of the lake. I almost couldn’t believe it was man-made, it was sovast in every sense of the word.
Lori:Our first stop was on the island with thecable cars. Not gonna lie, I felt the same sort of anxiety as if I was going ona roller coaster as we hung suspended in the air for minutes at a time. Thescenery was so gorgeous but there was a tiny part of me that could not wait tomake it back to the platform while up in the air. Also, getting on and off thecable car kind of felt like a game in and of itself, since the cars didn’t stopfor passengers. Instead, you had to get in as it swung around the platform.
Lori:Onthe highest point of the island though and looking out at the other 999islands, it was so peaceful.Even surroundedby other tourists (one group of which had a drone!) and while taking millionsof pics, there was just a calmness provided by being on the Lake that was so soothing to me.
Lori:Soon, we were back on the boat and heading to another island where we went on a walk (really anundercover hike) and saw a waterfall and lots and lots of koi, at least, Ithink they were koi… In any event, since we werehaving fun, time of course, flew away and it was time to head back to themainland for lunch before going off to our final activity.
Lori：Lunch was the most scenic meal by far as itwas the only one we’d had outside and once again the dishes were outstanding.There was one of some type of fried fish that reminded me so much of a dishfrom back home called sprat. I truly felt like I was living the good life.
Lori:Then it was time to kayak!I was excited but somewhat nervous as I already have difficulty managing myselfjust on solid ground (in other words, I’m clumsy). It did not help thenervousness that the instructions were in Chinese* (yikes!) but Lilian camethrough for me, as always, and explained what I needed to do.
Lori:I’ve done it before but notfor many years and it reawakened muscles that I think had been lying asleep foras many years. No wonder the professional kayakers were so muscular. It was allgreat fun though and aside from a couple times where we wobbled and it feltlike we’d capsize, I think we did pretty well, My only wish was that time would have stretched itself a little longer (like how it manages to do when you’re ina lecture) but alas.
Lori:After that, we travelled back to our pointof origin. As much as I’ve written, believe me when I say words truly can’texpress how amazing this trip was. Every experience was wonderful and pricelessand truthfully, coming back home in a way made me feel like Cinderella comingback home from the ball, back to the humdrum of regular tasks. The memorieslive on however. Amazing time, Amazing people, Amazing Qiandao Hu.
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