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“Quite Pretty, but Underwhelming”

East Lake of Shaoxing
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Shaoxing
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We spent a long morning here (wife, daughter, and I) and enjoyed our time. But we've not gone back and probably won't. I'll admit, we went in Winter, so the weather was cold and the flowers weren't in bloom; still, there's just not a lot to see or do any time of year. The "lake" is the result of a dredging project and, as such, is long and narrow with steep, manmade cliffs on one side. There's lots of mostly-manmade rock formations, some pavilions, bridges and walkways... Typical Chinese park. It's pretty and relaxing, but...
Admission is too high, transportation is nearly non-existent, and there's next to nothing to eat or drink (bring your own!). Like many such Chinese attractions, it's worth spending time at with friends and family, if you happen to find yourself in the area; but it's nothing I'd bother to take real tourists to.

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Reviewed June 8, 2012

The East Lake scenic area is a beautiful place. the boat trip goes through a gorge with very steep walls, with the boatman rowing with his feet

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

East Lake is located 6 km east of the Shaoxing ancient city in Zhejiang Province which is well-known for its wine. Touted as the place to see a magnificent famed landscape garden with artful combinations of cliffs, grottoes, stone bridges and water, it was once a mountain rich in blue stones but became a quarry during the Han Dynasty. Later during the Sui Dynasty, the quarrying was expanded and with years of quarrying, half of the mountain was soon cut away and a lake formed. During the late Qing Dynasty, it was embanked and separated from the river. It was a picturesque and interesting tourist attraction if not for the morning downpour! However, not to be daunted by the weather and not to disappoint the boat men who had waited patiently in their Wupeng Boat or "black-awning boat", found only in Shaoxing, we took the ride in twos and threes. The boat tour was both relaxing and interesting for the boat man expertly weaved his boat under the numerous bridges and in and out of the caves with us hanging onto our umbrellas! If you are thinking of trying the boat ride, don’t forget to tip the boat man after the ride cos you can see his grateful and pleased look! I bet he must have wait a long time to give you a ride!

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

I missed this because I visited LanTing first. Must stay 2 days in order to cover 5 important sites: Shen Yuan, DaYu, DongHu, LuXun Hometown & LanTing

Thank t0mt0h
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

No comparison to West Lake in Hangzhou, but a reasonable diversion for an afternoon.

Thank neamman
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