Hangzhou Botanical Gardens in autumn

When:  October 2015                              Weather: 15-20C Cool!

Back in Hangzhou a month after my last visit, we stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in the new part of Hangzhou about 5 km east of West Lake to check out the convention facilities.   The weather was much nicer and the hotel was located on the banks of the Qian Tang River….China these days is an incredibly wealthy country and the infrastructure development is amazing….

The Hangzhou Intercontinental...

The Hangzhou Intercontinental…

Flanked by the Hangzhou Grand Theatre, there is a spectacular fountain light show at night

Flanked by the Hangzhou Grand Theatre, there is a spectacular fountain light show at night

Just a few minutes from the hotel is a pedestrian walkway up to the City Balcony...a structure overhanging the river where the views are spectacular!

Just a few minutes from the hotel is a pedestrian walkway up to the City Balcony…a structure overhanging the river where the views are spectacular!

Daybreak over the Qiantang River in the mist...

Daybreak over the Qiantang River in the mist…

Having visited the Xixi wetlands last visit, I went to the Hangzhou Botanic Gardens this time at 7am...as the dawn light filtered in

Having visited the Xixi wetlands last visit, I went to the Hangzhou Botanic Gardens this time at 7am…as the dawn light filtered in

The Light vented bulbul is the most common bird around...

The Light vented bulbul is the most common bird around…

light vented bulbul

light vented bulbul

The ducks were active

The ducks were active

as were the waterhens..

as were the waterhens..

waterhen

waterhen

And in this calm oasis, an old man played his music oblivious to everything

And in this calm oasis, an old man played his music oblivious to everything

a sea of water plants

a sea of water plants

Oriental magpie robin

Oriental magpie robin

Magpie Robin

Magpie Robin

The early  bird...

The early bird…

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackbird

A flock of yellow bellied tits were pretty but very active and hard to shoot..

A flock of yellow bellied tits were pretty but very active and hard to shoot..

Beautiful Oriental WHite Eye

Beautiful Oriental WHite Eye

The Taiwan Blue winged Magpie gave me my famed ass shot...

The Taiwan Blue winged Magpie gave me my famed ass shot…

Being early autumn, the maple leaves were beginning to turn colour

Being early autumn, the maple leaves were beginning to turn colour

autumn colours

autumn colours

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and there is a wonderful bamboo forest ...

and there is a wonderful bamboo forest …

which the morning light made even prettier

which the morning light made even prettier

A very nice and very large botanic gardens…worrth a visit…

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