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West Lake (Xi Hu)

West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Visited the west lake on the second week of september, I guess that was a public holiday in China, therefore it was super crowded and packed ! We couldn't even walk comfortably as there are crowds of people there, very loud and making the place dirty. Ended up we had a drink at the starbucks in the lake area and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

On a calm day you can spend hours walking around this lake. The views are amazing and teh history fascinating. Take the boat trip out to the island in the lake and you will thoroughly enjoy it. But try ti take someone local who can explain it to you -- it makes all the difference

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Suzhou offers traditional Chinese gardens, but Hangzhou's West Lake is a true combination of Western and Chinese garden elements. Brave the crowds and take your time to stroll through the many gardens and causeways. The old summer homes are stunning.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Well place. Take a relax stroll along west lake and you may found a lot of interesting experience. Yesterday we had been there and met a few retiree use China ink to portrait of people at there for free. YES, it is free. They are friendly, so while you at west lake on Sunday please visit them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

West Lake is simply beautiful -- the landscaping truly perfection -- and this must be the cleanest place in mainland China. If you have visited China several times and not made it here (less than an hour by Maglev train from Shanghai), you are missing out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful take though a little crowded over the weekend, The best thing I did is to bike around the lakes, and enjoy local Hangzhou food specialties. There are tons of them, some are sweet, spicy and.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

As the title suggests this one of the most beautiful places in China. You can make a (large) day of it and walk around it, hire a bike or jump on a boat. If required always arrange a price with the boat driver first. Short review - but if your in Hangzhou you'll come to West Lake...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Trails, bridges rivers fish pagodas. So much to see and do. Hot but in the shade not so bad. Ride a bike around the lake.!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Its one of the most beautiful places I ve seen this place is definitely filled with love and romance asthe chinese will tell Iin their folklore stories of the broken bridge . White snake and.... dont hesitate to take a boat ride . The park next to the lake is also unbelievable enjoy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you are in Hangzhou, this is one of the place you have to visit. Try to avoid weekends and especially during public holidays. Totally avoid their two long holidays which is during Chinese New Year (beginning of the year either Jan or Feb) and during their National Holiday on Oct 1-7). Hangzhou food is something you will have to... More

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