An American Girl in a Chinese World Part 2: Hangzhou, China

 Iconic symbols/places of West Lake





 Buddhist temple/monastery

 My cousin and I
 Spicy tofu on a stick

 The mane event (haha): my perm!
 Feeding doves--my brother and grandma

 West Lake Park One
 West Lake Park Six

 No shortage of American brands in China--especially KFC and Pizza Hut
 Out teas at the Liu Lang Wei Yin Tea House






 Our fancy hotel
My grandma's squash/melon

Hey again! This is my second and final photo post of my trip to China in June. I honestly had the most amazing time with my relatives sightseeing, eating, shopping, and relaxing. The food may have been strange (deep-fried little fish above) but it was amazing, believe it or not (yes, we eat the head, bones, and all). I am very close to my grandma on my mom's side, so it was wonderful to see her again, listen to all my grandpa's stories, and eat the delicious watermelon he bought. I even got to help my younger cousin with English and though I wish I could say my Chinese character recognition improved drastically, I really only became more fluent in speaking. I'm now emailing my grandma to help my character recognition get better. We spent a ton of time at West Lake, which is absolutely beautiful and also traveled to the XiXi Wetland Park and stayed at the Sheraton hotel. It was the nicest hotel I've ever been to and we basically feasted at their buffet breakfast. I hope you enjoy my photos and various outfits. You may have also noticed that my hair is no longer straight, and I absolutely love having curly hair. My aunt owns her own little hair shop so she permed it for me and also bought me the pink and black striped bow above. If you have any question about the experience or Chinese culture, just leave it in the comments and I'll be sure to reply! A few things I noticed were:

1. they use tissues as napkins
2. they go grocery shopping at the fresh market every day
3. they use towels as blankets (it's hot!)
4. sleeping until 9 AM is seriously sleeping in
5. middle school is 3 years and high school is 3 years.

I actually just did a photoshoot in two dresses I got from China, so I'll be sure to post those soon as well. I would also love it if you liked my facebook page in the sidebar--that would be fantastic! Thanks for sharing your thoughts lovelies, I'll see you soon!

XOXO,
Lily

13 comments

  1. The white/teal dress with the pink Converses look is cute. The floral top with the cuffed jeans look is also cute. Your looks are always so charming and cute. The curly hair compliments you very well. Have yourself a great day/night!

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  2. wow, what an amazing experience.

    now following
    Xo Megan

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  3. You look gorgeous,Lovely pictures and Styling

    Following you,please follow back to keep in touch through comments!

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  4. I love everything about your blog. I'm your newest follower! Hope you can check mine too! xo

    Nikki of Inside The Closet
    http://nicolalejenadro.blogspot.com

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  5. Great pics! I am heading to China in November and can't wait. xA

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  6. Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog :)

    Lovely pict :D
    Looks like youre enjoy your trip ^^

    anyway, mind to follow each other? :)

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  7. Great post & cute blog!
    I`m a new follower now.
    And I will be SOO happy, if you follow my blog:-)
    Tatiana
    http://www.bonnie23blog.blogspot.com/

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  8. Lovely pics! It seems that you had fun. :)

    followed your blog, follow back mine? :D
    xx,
    petiteness

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  9. Hi Lily, these pics are so much fun:D lovely!
    Thx so much for your sweet comment and for following back,
    xx chris

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  10. Wow, these photos are awesome! I would like to visit China in the future. It's my dream :)
    I'm following you now :)

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  11. awwwww your scenery pictures (: how fun!
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  12. your scenery pictures are gorgeous!
    and towels as blankets? whoa that's the first I've heard of it...

    p.s. i just followed your blog, mind checking out mine?
    :)

    http://randomsofira.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow! I would love to have family in another country! I absolutely love the Chinese culture! Your outfits are pretty cute too!!! X

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