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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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West Lake Scenic, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
+86 571 8717 9617
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic place to people watch. See the morning exercising, hoardes of people getting on boats. Go at either end of the day

Thank Travel-Luxe1
Reviewed yesterday

It was beautiful. Definitely worth to visit. There was a lot of tourists so the best time to visit it is early morning. We took a boat to the little Iceland and really enjoyed our walk there.

Thank Jekaterina E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This lake is beautiful. Just so romantic and no wonder the Chinese uses it in painting and literatures. Make sure you spend the time here during dusk. You could see the best of both, day and night. Although night time is better with all the...More

Thank Leon L
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a busy place, especially during the weekend. Everybody wants to go to the lake and have a walk. Sometimes it is annoying. On the plus side, it is a nice location and a beautiful view, when there is no pollution in the air.

Thank Theo N
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a real highlighr of any trip to this region. Make sure you see the gold water buffalo statue and other beautiful art work throughout the park. Lotus flowers in bloom over the summer - beautiful.

Thank RR22RR
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: nice lakeside views; clean and green environment, despite the crowd. Cons: the area is huge and not very well served by means of transport (definitely estimate more time in getting from point A to point B).

Thank YKitK
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park around the lake is huge. Even though there were thousands of people there it didn't feel too crowded. There were very few other non-Asians and at times we felt that we stood out. One man absolutely locked eyes on us to the point...More

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The West Lake is one of the top tourist attractions for the Chinese people themselves, meaning it is packed, even in summer - and I imagine even busier in autumn and spring. The heat in summer, and being right on top of a lake you're...More

Thank Todd B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful lake and walk around and across the causeway. Amazing at dusk when all the hillside temples start to light up. Many great local restaurants. Also silk shops well regarded. Haggle hard !

Thank mooredominic
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a crowded place which takes away the tranquility of the area. It's a lake, that's about it. Nothing special.

Thank MrMcBKing
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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