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West Lake (Xi Hu)

Address: West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Considered one of the most beautiful sights in Hangzhou, this scenic...
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Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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.
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Odessa, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I would advise studying the history of the province and the development of Xi Hu if you are not Chinese prior to the visit so that a deeper appreciation of the beauty and serenity can be had. I do not like the commercialism that there now, but everyone needs to make a living.

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Shenzhen, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

It's the number one reason why most people visit Hangzhou. West lake's a big scenic lake. Stroll around. They say it's possible to bike - I couldn't phanthom how to; the promenade was overloaded with chinese tourists taking advantage of their Chinese New Year holiday. If you like scenic trips and enjoying landscape, West Lake is probably for you. Do... More 

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Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It's just a Nature-preserving Lake. I always come here all the time because it's also the centre of Hangzhou and close to Longxiangqiao Subway.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A must seeing sight and lots histories with it! suggesting to walk if physically possible and slowly enjoy your view and feeling. Study it before visit.

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Zhuhai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

It is a very beautiful spot, and getting out on the lake was lovely, but we were there with the millions of Chinese who travel for CNY, and on a 'poor air quality' day, so we didn't see it at it's best. The free 'light and water' show was definitely best seen after dark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Beautiful area, lovely to wander around with the family, we cycled it one day and walked the next. Beautiful area for taking photos. Lots of tour groups seen but I don't know why you'd bother with a tour, its lovely just to wander. A few nice souvenir shops around, or good old Starbucks etc. Lovely way to waste a few... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

i have been to West Lake every year over the past decade and it never fails to impress. It changes with the seasons but the two key criteria are the crowds and the weather. The weather is hard to change, but avoiding the National Holidays or Weekends can help in having more peace and quiet. West Lake District represents a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very nice lake and the park around it. It was pleasant and peaceful to take a stroll around and enjoy some quiet spots.

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Hangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you mention Hangzhou anywhere in China, you will be asked about West Lake. It's a big touristy lake and at times can be very beautiful unless the air is too hazy or the walkways too crowded but that's trye of just about anything in China. If you're in HZ you might as well head down to west lake to... More 

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Castle Pines, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The water show at West Lake in Hangzhou, China is one of the most enriching as well as soothing experiences you'll encounter in your visit to this beautiful & prosperous Chinese city! Beautiful Chinese music and singing accompany the performance which occurred in the early evening as it seems everybody in the city gathered around the lake to enjoy. The... More 

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