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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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Suzhou, China
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This place is nice but you should not go to Hangzhou just for that. You can spend an afternoon there if you stay 2 or three days in Hangzhou. It is very crowded... we rented two bikes to ride around the lake but you are not allowed to go near the lake with your bike (It is normal because of... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

West Lake is reachable by high speed train from Shanghai. I prefer to take the train starting with the letter D... as it reduces the traveling time. I normally like to travel to Hangzhou early in the morning and return in the evening to Shanghai. If you are traveling to Hangzhou for the first time, I strongly recommend you to... More

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Appleton, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing place, but quite large. We were only in Hangzhou for the day and it was not enough time. Only got to spend 1-1/2 hour here with our boat ride. Could have spent the better part of a day here. Plan on 1/2 to 3/4 of a day for this site alone. Worth a visit!

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Very crowded but a lovely place to visit. You can hire a private boat to take a leisurely ride across the water. I definitely recommend doing this. The pagoda is beautiful and worth a visit. Make sure you learn the story of the White Serpent and The Scholar while you are there. It's an important part of the Hangzhou story.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

this was one of the most amazing places i had been to the view from the lake is so amazing! all the little restaurant boats are so lovely and it is just breathe taking to see ! a really great atmosphere around the lake, lots of tourists and also natives about !

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A respite from the madness of the city and traffic. Lovely level walks for as long as you wish through beautifully maintained park grounds. Plenty of trees for shade. Take a boat ride on the Lake and get an overview...........it's lovely. Thoroughly recommend a visit. There are many lakes but West Lake is superior. They also have a stunning water... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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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