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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 yesterday

West Lake in Hangzhou is a beautiful place to be. The shores are filled with lillies and plantation, pagodas and bridges with different architecture all over, shallow paths just below the water, where people walk seamingly on the surface of the lake. Boat rides on...More

Thank Sofi N
Reviewed 2 days ago

West Lake is indeed a must visit- it used to be a romantic destination some time before, however now there are SO MANY PEOPLE, that it lost it privacy and tranquility. It still is beautiful, sunset time makes it incredibly attractive for couples, take a...More

Thank juliasadykova77
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is an obligatory visit if you go to Hangzhou. Profit of the two causeways and the nice boat trips.

Thank mgaivao
Reviewed 4 days ago

We absolutely enjoyed going on the small powered boats out onto the lake. Not expensive and didn't take long even though there was a queue.

Thank Alinabri
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Famous place to visit during stay in Hangzhou, therefore it is crowdy and loudly. We took a walk around the lake and we enjoyed the views.

Thank jbrowar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

West Lake was beautiful day and night. We first saw it in the evening before the impressions show and the gardens looked spectacular then. The next day we visited in the morning and it was even more beautiful! The boat ride was amazing and the...More

1  Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

West lake hangzhou is one of the jewel in China's crown, a gift of nature, quiet waters, lovely flora and fauna, fresh water fish and turtles. Higacparks and walkways..

Thank binki1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The West lake is beautiful, especially when all the lotus flowers are in bloom. There are a lot of interesting points around the lake such as pagodas and memorials that you can see. The cruise along the lake is also very good as there are...More

Thank Gurkiranpreet K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good Day trip from Hangzhou. We used a private tour company and had a guide Go to Dragon Tea village and expect to do a lot of walking

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Shanghai for a while so I thought I'd go to Hangzhou and see West Lake. It's ok for a break from a city but it's not spectacular. If you're not killing time I wouldn't bother but if you're staying in Hangzhou (or...More

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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
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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