In a few days I'll be boarding a plane for a somewhat brief trip to Hangzhou, China so that I can speak at an Internet Developer Conference being put on by the folks at Alibaba (who also operates Yahoo! China).
The travel is, of course, a bit mind bending because of the number of time zones I'll cross. I'm leaving San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon and arriving in China late on Thursday night. But I make it up on the way back by returning a mere hour or so later than I'm scheduled to depart next Tuesday.
Anyway, I figure that Friday is going to be spent getting my bearings, adjusting to the local time zone, and figuring things out for the conference. I'm at the conference on Saturday and Sunday (I assume). But I'm not flying back until Tuesday, so Monday may have some free time unless the locals have stuff planned for me.
So, if I was to have the better part of a day free, what would you recommend I do and see in Hangzhou? Take an English speaking tour (which one)? Simply wander around and take pictures? Find a bus ride to something nearby that I'd otherwise never see?
This will be my first time to China but probably not my last. Everything I've heard makes me think I'll want to go back--much like Japan, where I've been three times so far.
Anyway, if you happen to be in the neighborhood, I'm apparently staying at the Hyatt Regency. We could meet up... or something. As far as I know, my schedule is kind of flexible. I won't have a phone but should have access to the Internet tubes.
Posted by jzawodn at May 13, 2007 08:34 PM