Tai Chi in the park at Westlake 2 minutes from the Flower Inn in Hangzhou. Hundreds of people practicing forms, sword, Chi Gung ballroom dancing and lots more on a balmy hot morning. In the shade of willows and with a hint of a breeze off the lake it was a very pleasant morning. I woke at 6am surprised to find it light and busy outside. Surprised because it was dark and quiet in my room. The immediate location is a short walk from Westlake and in the middle of a backpacker zone which makes it very convenient for finding coffee and western style food. There is a bakery (French?) and several bars which do various egg and bread versions with espresso coffee. I spent an hour and a half watching and practicing in surroundings familiar from my last trip. For those who were there it is where a guy was singing opera, with the orioles in the willows in full song. After some practice and breakfast at Mingtown it took me 2 hours to find an ATM I could use and get cashed up. Now I know it won’t be difficult again. Bank of China is the go. Mastercard and Visa and English option on the ATM. Too easy. I think there is a 1% fee but thats a lot cheaper than a money exchange.
Sunday morning in Hangzhou
Personal Trainer, 3rd Dan Tang Soo Tao black belt and Tai Chi practicioner Stephen Ramsdale has a wealth of experience in the fitness industry that he uses to benefit his clients and readers. Based in Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Stephen runs a training studio from the Brittania Garage on Caloundra's Bulcock Street.