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Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Hu)

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Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Hu)

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Stephen C wrote a review Aug 2020
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This place is definitely worth a visit, especially for those staying in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou as it is a nice place for a long weekend getaway. While it may be a bit of a drive to get there (over 4 hours from Shanghai), it is worth the drive if you enjoy water activities, island hopping, and picturesque sceneries. We chose to chill at the hotel where there is a nice pool facing the majestic lake. Our hotel also has swimming access in the lake. Other than water activities, the other attraction is food, where the numerous dishes prepared using the fresh fish from the lake
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Date of experience: August 2020
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KodoDrummer wrote a review Nov 2019
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,150 contributions134,426 helpful votes
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Qiandao Lake is located in Chun'an County, Hangzhou City. At its highest level, there are 1078 over 0.25 square kilometers of over-bridge islands. Covers an area of 580 square kilometers. It is known for its great water, the national 5A-class scenic spot, and one of the world's three Thousand Islands Lake. This feeling reminds me of Mr. Qian Zhongshu's words: "Now, Take a bath, To see a flower and eat a meal is to your liking mainly because you don't care if your bath is clean and your flowers are in good condition or because your heart is not troubled. "
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chris wrote a review Nov 2019
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We went there in October holiday and surprisingly it was not busy. We stayed at farmer's house by the lake instead of in the town where was very quiet and relaxing. A canoeing club was nearby and you can do many water activities there. We spent a great afternoon there on the lake. I def recommend canoeing if you go there!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Stuart D wrote a review Oct 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom794 contributions228 helpful votes
Took the boat tour with 3 stop offs along the way, it's pretty much a full day with it ending with wonderful sunsets. so much history and tradition here, so much to see. Highly recommended for any Westerner !
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Date of experience: October 2019
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fmsoo wrote a review Apr 2019
UK42 contributions5 helpful votes
I find it interesting that not many updated English articles write much about how to get here, and how to get around a lake. There is a high speed train you can catch to qiandaohu rather than hangzhou. Better still there direct trains from Shanghai hongqiao taking about 2.75 hours although not too frequent (or just change at hangzhou east station). From qiandaohu station it is a nice 30 minute taxi ride into the town. Catching the ferries here requires you to get in very early. For the central islands (there is also south eastern islands), they depart from 9am for 3 islands although afternoon ferries (about 1pm) also run but just to 2 islands. Fares are from rmb65 (or 185 inc park fees) and as some articles point out, it is worth getting access to the upper deck for extra rmb48 for more comfortable seats and light snacks. Caveat, the ferries are all on Chinese, and there are more exclusive options available. Coming in late April, the ferries depart as they are full (I waited 30 minutes for an empty ferry to fill up), and we were told to stick to the same ferry all day according to their schedule. A nice and relaxing 6 hours in total. Going to the cable car at the last island is worth it.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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