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West Lake (Xi Hu)

West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
+86 571 8717 9617
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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
+86 571 8717 9617
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Reviewed yesterday

It does not matter what season or time you plan to visit this most famous lake in China, you will always rub shoulders with many fellow tourists. The only way to find some level of solitude and quietness is during early mornings and late evenings...More

Thank gl0baltr0tter
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pleasant gardens with grass lawns and flower beds like an English park, but also a koi pond, lotus plants and pavilions. There are islands to visit by boat, or you can do as we did and simply boat across the lake and admire the scenery...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of the top scenic sites located in the middle of Hangzhou City. The whole lake in fact is a wonderful place to spend time. It comprises of boat cruises,biking, scenic walks,Impression West Lake night show,etc.

Thank 333Hslim
Reviewed 3 days ago

you can take a boat and go on the lake : choice between small boats and bigger electric boats (that circle the islands). it s a very big lake , with nature around it, and the famous broken bridge you can also cycle around the...More

Thank Michel C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Can get very crowded but you can't visit Hangzhou and not visit the west lake. Ideal time is obviously during sunset. Use the rental cycles to get a full tourist experience :)

Thank Jsarvaiya
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had the time to do a 2 hour walk through west lake and it was definitely worth it! Great for pictures

Thank mrk162
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The scenery is stunning. West lake is the most talked about amongst the local people for Hangzhou. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The locals take great pride in the west lake. It's beautiful during the sunset time.

Thank kajalpattani
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful location with shops and restaurants all around. Great temple to hike too up on the hill to the right of dragon boats. Very peaceful in the morning, can see people doing tie chi

Thank robergem68
Reviewed 6 days ago

The sun set is so great. A lot of photographer wating this moment. You should go to Xihu at afternoon. Grand mother's home - restaurant is very near Xihu. Best restaurant in town.

Thank Chau C
Reviewed 1 week ago

West Lake is one of the famous lake of China. There were local agents who arranged bus for us to get to the destination. Lake was really big and on the other side of the lake was Leifeng Tower. We rode a big boat and...More

Thank SagarBhattarai
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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 Scarlet R | 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
Kier G
28 January 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