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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: Bodies of Water
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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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

very beautiful , everything is so clean and green , if u take a ride on a boat u can have an excellent view of nature and the city . they have a cool fountain in it , and at night they lit it with many colors . Surrounding the lake you can find temples , lots of greennery ,... More

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Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There are around 36 lakes in China named as West Lake, however, only the West Lake is really awesome and amazing. West Lake has something for everyone, at any time, during any season. Definitely a Place to be visited before you die. Though suitable for exploring year-around, West Lake has some seasonal charms. Mar to Apr: Go to Spring Dawn... More

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

West Lake is a pretty lake that was an escape from the chaos of Shanghai and even Hanghzou itself. It's a very large lake with a number of options for boating and visiting the small islands. While crowded it is nothing like the cities and seems to be popular for Chinese tourists to visit for a leisurely stroll. Pretty trees,... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

West Lake is a very famous site in Hangzhou. It´s quite hot in summer and always crowded with people in the center part. So I just took several walks along the Lake, really beautiful and joyful. Also, it´s worth to visit some small gardens close to the West Lake, and each one has its own style :) Si te da... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You won't be able to cycle round the perimeter, but you can walk it. Go early, and you'll see Chinese life happening in front of your eyes, especially the exercise classes. Cycling is further out and not on the lake edge. There are a variety of boats you can take, but they appear expensive, lots of places to eat and... More

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Sibu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a mesmerizing lake of natural beauty. No wonder Emperor of China loved to visit Hangzhou! My heart was left behind in this place. p/S: A wonderful place to take wedding photos. I'm definitely coming back for it with my wifey once i find her in my life. you only pay if you want the boat ride around the... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The only garden city in China, where you can walk on grass field. The city is famous with the green Tea - Dragon Well Tea. After you sip it, the taste will linger in your mouth for a while. If you know a bit about the Chinese History, you will enjoy more. The City was the capital of South Song... More

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Regina, SK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

West Lake is everyone's dream of China, both for foreigners and for the Chinese themselves. To fully enjoy it, the day should be clear and not too hot. You can walk around the whole lake in half a day (about 10 km), and can rest in many beautiful spots. The two long causeways are often very crowded, but are still... More

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The walk around the lake is lovely, but quite lengthy. We visited in July and the heat and humidity was brutal. There are many places, kiosks and vending machines, to purchase drinks and there are also some restaurants surrounding the lake. It seems a quiet oasis in a bustling city.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We arrived on a Sunday so that we didn't have to deal with the weekend crowd and that was a good decision because Sunday night it was full of people. Monday, it was nice, although it rained. When it cleared we had a nice walk to the large Pagoda and that was worth seeing.

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