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West Lake (Xi Hu)

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Address: West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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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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The best place to be in the heat of July in Hangzhou

Taking tHe boat tour is the best choice to enjoy the tranquIlity of the Lake and be part of the picture. The view of the New city of Hangzhou Close to the ancient Pagoda make you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Corina Violeta O
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Deva, Hunedoara, Romania
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Deva, Hunedoara, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Taking tHe boat tour is the best choice to enjoy the tranquIlity of the Lake and be part of the picture. The view of the New city of Hangzhou Close to the ancient Pagoda make you immortal.

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Macau, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is super hot in these few days, but the scenery is worth a visit. Be prepared that your trip maybe affected by those pre-function of G20.

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Guangzhou
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this place. Apart from the beautiful lake itself, the famous and great poems written by so many masters are wonderful appetizer too. If you have any idea of the traditional Chinese ink and brush painting, and you happen to see the lake in rain, you will find it is like a vivid ink and brush painting drawn by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful location, nestled between the bustling city of Hangzhou and ancient mountains. Be sure to take the boat ride to the island and enjoy a walk around it, where you can see the iconic 3 pools mirroring the moon, that is shown on the 1 yuan bill. The tour buses are a great way to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

West Lake is very nice indeed. Just 1 hour away from Shanghai by fast train you get super lake views, nature and hills/mountains. we got our train tickets in English via http://english.ctrip.com/trains/book The west lake has two causeways of which the small one is the nicest. Also the lakeside in Hangzhou is nice it has a kind of boulevard. Do... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We rented a small boat to take us into the lake. Cost us 150rmb. Took us only through half of lake. It was a peaceful experience as it got us away from all the chaos around the lake. Most stores around lake where very high end (Hermes, Loui Vuitton, Gucci. Etc.). I recommend going on the west side of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is quite hot the weather-wise but my family enjoyed the lake very much and the boat tour to the san tan yin yue!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The west lake is amazing, of course a must in hangzhou. If you go in summer be careful with the time, better late. It's full of people but worth it's. It's very important a good shoes cause you have a lot for walking.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

sadly too crowded to evoke that serene imagery i always see in pictures. i also did not get to the nice part of the lake. it is too huge to see the entire area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fascinating walk up and around the mountain and then around the lake. Lots to see during the walk and great views across the lake. Definitely worth a visit.

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