With work keeping us both insanely busy, it’s been a little too easy to forget that we really do need to make time and get out and do somethings just her and I. The heat was repressive, but the break from Suzhou and work was nice. Hangzhou, for anyone that doesn’t know the place, is the capital of Zhejiang province, and shares a tight relationship with Suzhou - the combined area often being called SuHang due to an ancient Chinese saying: “above, there is heaven; below, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.” The city is really famous for two things - it is the former capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279 AD) and it features Xī Hú. Though there are no shortage of “West Lakes” in China - Hangzhou’s is generally considered the original and most famous. We stayed at a decent hotel only 100m away from the north-edge of the lake called, appropriately enough, the ChinaTravel.net a while back I was stacked with Ctrip points, and so the hotel was comped - always a nice thing. Initially I had wanted to try and find a hotel that actual gave nice views of the lake, but despite the names and monikers of Hangzhou’s numerous hotels, we couldn’t find one that presented anything more than a distant view. With only a couple days in Hangzhou, we created a rather ambitious agenda that was quickly squashed by the oppressive heat and humidity. I don’t think it was any hotter in Hangzhou than it is in Suzhou, but I’m not exactly hiking around here. Friday night we did little but hit up a rather crummy restaurant advertising local Hangzhou-style food. We ordered Dongpo Rou, what amounts to a richly marinated hunk of pork (skin, fat and all); and Sour Xi Hu Fish, a saucy dish made from a “freshly caught” West Lake carp (read: bony as hell). The pork was great, but the fish did little to impress me. Figuring it made sense to wash it down with the local brew, we grabbed a couple bottles of Xi Hu’s finest. When they say they make it from West Lake’s water, they’re not lying - with a 2% alcohol content, that’s about all that’s in it. After dinner we took a brief walk over to the Bai Causeway, a pedestrian road that runs across the lake’s north-end. Despite being crowded with fellow tourists, the lake at night offered some nice views and moments of tranquility.Editor's note: We're inviting bloggers who write about travel and life in China to republish select posts on ChinaTravel.net. If you blog your China experience and would like to share with our readers, let us know by email.