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Hangzhou Off The Beaten Path: 21 reviews and 29 photos
Why don't you get away from the touristy areas and venture into the small streets behind the main drags of Hangzhou and a few blocks away from the lake? here you will see more of what old Hangzhou must have been like, before blocks were demolished to give way for new residential and commercial buildings and wider roads to accommodate the ever-increasing number of cars. One easy way to get away from the main roads is to walk on the smaller roads running parallell to the bigger ones.
There is especially one area which I really appreciate. This is the area just west of Wu Hill and south-southeast of the Bell Tower, between Zhong He Zhong Lu and Wu Hill. Here you will see older buildings, and people making the street their living room and place of business and pleasure. If you are visibly foreign, you will no doubt get a few surprised looks, but do not let that disturb you.
You can round it off with a walk up the Hill to the Chenghuang pavilion (see my tip about the Wu Hill.)
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