We arrived in Hangzhou in a rainstorm and the traffic was insane getting there. Our hosts' kid was also learning how to play Happy Birthday for his friend's birthday on his Chinese recorder for most of the trip. I've never wanted noise cancelling headphones more. I could tell that our driver was getting frazzled but he played it cool.
When we got there we had yet another delicious meal, that was almost entirely local, including local lotus roots, that were prepared in a different style than we had before and fish from the lake across the street. We also tried a local rice wine that was like 55% alcohol and tasted like a mixture of butter, bug spray and soy sauce. Maybe it's an acquired taste.
After lunch we jumped aboard a ferry to go to the island that housed one of the "ten poetically named scenic areas on West Lake." It felt like the centre island ferry, except smaller and more ornate, and our hosts' drivers waited in line for our tickets while we feasted. They also got us ponchos, and umbrellas and anything we might need before we even knew we needed it. These guys worked hard and just like everything on this trip, went above and beyond what anyone would ever expect.
It was a Chinese long weekend, so the island was very busy, but it was very beautiful. Apparently, during a full moon, the water reflects the moon perfectly and it's quite breathtaking. We went during a rain storm, so not quite the same thing, but it was really naturally beautiful. I got a lot of pictures of lily pads and lotus flowers and I will post them when I am back home.
 The driver is also a former military body guard for our host. Apparently, Shanghai is dangerous for people in a certain tax bracket.