Stroll along the greenery of the 80-hectare Shanghai Botanical Garden while waiting for your departure from Shanghai South Railway Station. Later, board the high-speed railway train to Hangzhou, where the legendary West Lake, immortal in its scenes and verses, bids you welcome to its placid shores.
Hangzhou’s spring brings a carpet of flowers into bloom.
West Lake is surrounded by parks and gardens.
A rainbow of colour at Shanghai Botanical Garden.
Gardeners at work under the hot mid-day sun at the Shanghai Botanical Garden.
Visitors await the sunset at the pavilion.
A West Lake pleasure boat sits serenely by the shore like a palace on water.
Crew prepare for Impression West Lake, Zhang Yimou’s show on the water’s edge.
Picture me under a parasol.