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West Lake (Xi Hu)

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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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West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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Very scenic ride around the lake. Very crowded boat with little commentary. Food booths were around the lake. It was raining the day we were there so we did not stay for a leisurely stroll.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jabdab
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is not just a Hangzhou treasure, it’s a National Treasure! Be aware that on weekends it gets very crowded and there’s not a lot of “crowd control,” but if you head to a less visited section of Xi Hu you’ll still be able to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amy L
Reviewed 6 days ago

West Lake is situated in an extensive park outside Hangzhou city. The lake and surroundings were quite picturesque. We were on a tour which included a boat ride around the lake. No real surprises but the scenery was quite nice, with hilltop pagodas dotting the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The west lake is a real amazement. the lake was crystal clear and there were catfishes in the lake. the trees with yellow leaves made it a really good spot to take photos. They offer minivan services. The trip is free so why not spend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Zhang A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lake is a God blessed place with unusually beautiful views during both the daytime and nighttime.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 777shinyz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a beautiful lake and park. It is so peaceful and picturesque. I came during November, but I'm sure its even more breathtaking in Spring when the lotus are in bloom.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BrittneyLikeSpears
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I were to review all the sights and things to do around the lake (temples, bridges, boat rides, pedestrian walks, gardens, etc.) this review would be a 5 star. However, as for the lake itself, it is quite average and in some respects not...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wong_Family_5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lake is located near the subway. Very convenient to get from the station, the journey takes 20 minutes. The lake is simply unreal beautiful. Very calm, there are animals. See all need a day time. I advise you to visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Natali120520
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are even remotely interested in traditional Chinese and asian traditional arts, you just can't miss this place. West Lake has been the inspiration of countless artists thoughout the centuries, and within reason: every landscape you can see from its perimeter has been portrayed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GiushiDG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really nice area for a walk or bike ride. The landscape around the lake is really beautiful, there are several boat options to enjoy the artificial islands inside and lots of beautiful gardens, monuments or museums around the lake. This can be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 8, 2016|
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Response from Wafaa Shehata D | Reviewed this property |
Certainly, Hangzhou is better. Suzhou is well-known for artificial gardens, but if you visit one, the rest look rather similar. While Hangzhou has more variety in scenery, including but not limited to artificial gardens... More
September 3, 2016|
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Response from scarlettejetsetter | Reviewed this property |
The Music Fountain Show is at the Lakeside Third Park Dock, West Lake. The fountain area is 126 meters long, erupting into life twice in the day and four times in the early evening. Begins: 10:00 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00... More
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January 28, 2016|
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Response from Canopus_10 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can hire a boat. Big tourist boats take you to fairy island (highly recommended). There are also little boats that you can rent out with a man that will steer it for you and take you where you want to go. It's more... More