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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just like the ink calligraphy paintings of the masters. Has a quiet lyrical beauty of its own. Avoid the weekends when they Chinese all come out to play. Crowded.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Adeleine
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take MTR to Xi Hu, had a boat ride visit the lake. lot of thinks to see and eat. If leaving early there, you can take a bus to Lingyin Temple for CHN$2. A must go place in Hangzhou.

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

Great place for an afternoon stroll, but also very crowded during the summer time. Very nice lotus area

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank aleks924
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
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9 October 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
4 September 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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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