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West Lake (Xi Hu)

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Address: West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
Phone Number: 057187179617
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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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Relaxing week filled with places to visit

I was there for five days in a youth hostel. I went around the entire lake about 3 times - twice in golf carts and once on foot. It's beautiful. The area also has many sites... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sara H
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was there for five days in a youth hostel. I went around the entire lake about 3 times - twice in golf carts and once on foot. It's beautiful. The area also has many sites to see, most of which are free. I rented a bicycle and rode part way around the lake on bike. I enjoyed my time... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Come to Xi Hu to experience paradise! The culture is rich and kept elegant which is why tourists are swarming here every day. The lake has magnificent views with mountains and pagoda here and there. The lake is clean and super picturesque with walkways around it to maximise the experience. I would definitely recommend coming here. I would even come... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as Marco Polo described it as paradise on earth...he was right. We managed to see locals (retiree age) fly giant kites, practice dancing and we danced together. It has really lovely scenery and suitable for couples and families alike.

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Thank rouzil
Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i lived in Hangzhou for around 5 years and been to west lake many times; it has different view in different season; spring coming you could see the fresh leaves and hear birds singing; summer you could see the lotus flowers everywhere on the lake,night view is better since the air is cool and the lights there all around, but... More 

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Thank si w
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Westlake seems to be the main attraction in Hangzhou so it is a must see if you go to Hangzhou. I went in January 2016 and it was a little cool - 45 degrees F. Not too much in the way of bird sightings but there were some. An excellent area for the shutterbug as there are numerous photographic opportunities.... More 

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Thank quasar6
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there in Dec, it was very misty and the trees were bare, the entire scenery wasn't that attractive. However, since West Lake is the top attraction in Hangzhou, one has to visit if you never been. We spent 4 hours walking from the north side to the south. Highly recommended to visit in spring when flower blossom and higher... More 

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Thank klgso
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know West Lake is a must-see when in Hangzhou. Wisited some 5+ years ago and feel it is not as great as I remember it. Great view with the lake surrounded by the mountains. But there is nothing "historical" about walking around it in a modern built concrete setting. Especially the east side is so commercialized these days. And... More 

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Thank Daniel E
Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic area in the down town area of Hangzhou. Independet of sun or rain...but allways crowded!

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Thank BjornFo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The west lake is the taste of HZ. The great view and the pleasent enbank walk is very nice either in the cold time. There are several boats to ride in...and for sure the most beautiful view is at night. Enjoy...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went for an early morning run and unfortunately couldn't see anything - too much smog! It was the same in the afternoon unfortunately. But it was nice to walk around and look at the old temples.

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