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West Lake (Xi Hu)

West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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Ranked #1 of 236 attractions in Hangzhou
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I have lived in China since 2010 and have been told that Hangzhou is one of the loveliest cities in the country. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. The city is polluted, bumper to bumper traffic and simply not worth a visit. However, West Lake is worth a visit. Outside of the city it provides a stunning a... More

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Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

You can't come to Hangzhou without a visit to the lake. Slap in the middle of the city it's just wonderful. There are times to avoid it: if the pollution is particularly bad you won't be able to see much and really avoid coming at National Day (1st to 7th October) when they say more than a million tourists come... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

i use to visit hangzhou for business trip . i always stay in ramada hotel near west lake . the west lake is very good attraction for tourist . but in summer its not very good but in winter its very good . you can sit overthere and enjoy .the person who love night life can go clubs its near... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We have been to West Lake several times before on tours. This time we came and spent two weeks teaching English. We stayed about two blocks away from the West Lake. Walked down here a couple of times but the hot and humid weather and the crowds made it a less pleasant place to be. Still beautiful when looking at... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is the main attraction in Hangzhou. The area is really huge. We took the tram for 20RMB per person just to take us to one side of the lake. You can walk but it may take you hours to see the many scenic spots surrounding the lake. We didn't feel the crowd since this place is huge and spread... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The lake is really picturesque, especially the island. The lake is huge so it's not possible to walk around it within one day, but you can take a boat to see as much beautiful places as possible. The only disadvantage: the place is extremely crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were here on a very hot (and very crowded) day and unfortunately that limited the time we could spend here. Our guide, Sunny Chang from Toursbylocals, showed us to the most beautiful and important spots but you could easily get lots in all the paths, gardens, boat tours, and sites. Had we not had a guide, I think we... More

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It would be a real shame if you wind up your hangzhou trip without visiting west lake. This is one of those places you feel and think where your camera does not do justice to the place. While I visited this place in July over multiple weekends (during sun and rain and cloudy weather) am sure this place is ever... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beautiful to walk around, very scenic, especially with the mountains in the background. Apparently the city has renting spots where you could rent a bike, and drop off a bike at a different spot again...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you are in Hangzhou, don't miss this spot. It is very beautiful and there are many things to see and do as to walk around different parts of the lake, take a boat to the island of mirrors, etc. If you like riding bicycles try to find a bike rental spot (many around the lake) and do a the... More

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