West Lake and the Old University

So we are back to that time of the week once again where I whitter on and on.

This week I want to show you some photographs of a beautiful place here called West Lake, and in the middle of this West Lake is where the old Huizhou University used to be situated.

Now there are a few “West Lakes” in China, apparently the most famous of which is in a city called Hangzhou (hang-jo). The West Lake in Hangzhou is supposed to be huge and also stunningly beautiful, when i eventually get round to visiting Hangzhou I shall of course show you photographs of the place. But for now you shall just have to settle for China’s second greatest West Lake here in little old Huizhou. In case anyone was wondering, West Lake in mandarin is Xi Hi (See-Hu).

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It is beautiful during the summer time, or even more so in the Autumn time being able to go boating on the lake, especially in the evening when it starts to cool down.

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The small pagoda/temple thing in the background is the oldest one in the city, people used to be allowed to go in apparently, but that is no longer so!untitled (3 of 12) untitled (4 of 12) untitled (5 of 12) untitled (6 of 12) untitled (7 of 12) untitled (8 of 12) untitled (9 of 12) untitled (10 of 12)

I love all the people that you get around this place, for example the family in the picture below with the matching t-shirts, pretty funny.untitled (11 of 12) untitled (12 of 12)untitled (2 of 12)

In this area of West Lake you get lots of these men who keep the whole area clean and tidy and keep all the water nice and clean. About the only part of the city where they do really make a real effort to keep it clean.untitled (3 of 12) untitled (4 of 12)

This woman above was just chillin’ like a villain on this hot summers day and she turned round just at the perfect moment.untitled (5 of 12)

This is a very romantic place to come with your girlfriend, you get a lot of couple sitting out looking over the lake.

And a lot of poor people like in the picture below taking empty plastic bottles for recycling. China is full of contrasts!untitled (6 of 12) untitled (7 of 12) untitled (8 of 12) untitled (9 of 12) untitled (10 of 12) untitled (11 of 12) untitled (12 of 12) untitled (35 of 36) untitled (36 of 36)

So from now on in the pictures below is the old university of Huizhou, they moved it a long way away to a rather dumpy unattractive campus, but this campus was just not big enough to accommodate for all of the students. Seems a real shame though that it isn’t used for some of the classes. At the moment it is just an abandoned place where you get people dancing, playing and generally just walking around,untitled (23 of 36) untitled (24 of 36)

This picture below is a good example of something China does a lot of. They create a lot of these places and try to make them look like they are naturally occurring things, Such as this tunnel that they are building.untitled (27 of 36) untitled (28 of 36) untitled (29 of 36) untitled (30 of 36) untitled (31 of 36) untitled (34 of 36) untitled (25 of 36) untitled (24 of 27) untitled (25 of 27)

Wouldn’t you have just loved to have studied on a campus like this! I know i would have!untitled (26 of 27) untitled (27 of 27)


This part of the city is a hugely popular area, and its not surprise why really when you look at it. It is one of the few very well maintained places, and one of my favourites to go to.

The only problem at the moment is that it is so stiflingly hot at the moment that you just don’t want to go anywhere. I woke up at 6:30AM a few days ago, went in to my living room to see that it was nearly 30 degrees.

I hope you enjoyed this blog entry.

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Thanks for reading once again,



About themanabroad

I am themanabroad, known by my friends as James and my colleagues as Zhan Mu Si (Jaa More Suur(James in Chinese)). I have always been enthusiastic about photography and travelling, since school always trying to sign up for photography classes that always got cancelled unfortunately. However, living in China has given me the time and opportunity to combine my two loves, so please come and join me in my life in South-East Asia.
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