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Address: West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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Description: Considered one of the most beautiful sights in Hangzhou, this scenic lake...
Considered one of the most beautiful sights in Hangzhou, this scenic lake is sheltered on three sides by hills, with open flat land to the northeast where downtown Hangzhou is located.
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the lake is romantic and so relaxing, the boat cruise experience is simply superb . just too many tourist going so the serenity of the area is losing a bit. weather was perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

the lake is romantic and so relaxing, the boat cruise experience is simply superb . just too many tourist going so the serenity of the area is losing a bit. weather was perfect when we visited the said park.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Was there in the morning at about 7 but couldn't see much due to the haze. Enjoyed it more at night with the lights.

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We spent here a couple of days enjoying walks around the lake, boat trips and sightseeing different spots dotted around the area. The West Lake and its surroundings are well maintained and designed in a harmonious, peaceful way. The only thing spoiling it are the masses of often rude, inconsiderate and frankly too many tourists (having said that, we clearly... More 

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I was reading, that Marco Polo named Hangzhou the most romantic city - so going to this area, I wanted to know why ... walking to the West Lake, I found the reason ... I believe, it was because of the view to the West lake. Looking from the city, you see little hills on the other side, beautiful in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The lake area is very green and is a mecca for jogging and cycling enthusiasts. Or just taking a boat ride to cruise the lake, or even walking around to enjoy the entire area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very romantic and peaceful place. You can walk there 3-4 days and still not see everything. This place is for people who love and appreciate nature.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The view of the lake is beautiful. However, it is really crowded. Do not visit on the weekend. There is no entrance fee to visit the lake. We took an electric cart to visit the entire area for a small fee. The ride took about 1 hour. In my opinion, this is the best way to see the whole area.... More 

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Beijing Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We paid for a boat ride to take us to two different destinations, one being the island with the famous three pagodas that are pictured on the back of a one yuan bill. You get off the boat, walk around as long as you please, and get back on another boat, showing them your ticket, when you are ready to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Went on a rainy/stormy day. The rain was miserable, but once we were on the boat, all memories of the rain was washed out by the beauty of the lake! Low and slow is the way to go on a boat in West Lake. After the boat ride, check out the many coffee shops and cafes in the surrounding area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

West Lake is pretty much the reason to visit Hangzhou so it's a must-see attraction. Beautiful mountains can be seen in the distance and there are gardens and statues throughout the gardens. Plenty of stands selling drinks and souvenirs. Walk along the promenade and then take a boat trip to one of the islands

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