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Gu Shan (Solitary Hill), Hangzhou

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Pay a visit to Gu Shan (Solitary Hill), the only natural island on Hangzhou's West Lake, known for being the residence of a couple of Chinese scholars and poets throughout the centuries. Reach the small island by bridge or causeway, and enjoy its picturesque scenery, filled with plum blossom trees. From the island's 38 m (124 ft) tall hill, you can relish sweeping views of the lake, its bridges, and other, man-made islands. Take a walk to get in touch with nature and take in the tranquil atmosphere, or visit the island's museum, which details the history of the province. Make Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) a centerpiece of your Hangzhou vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hangzhou trip itinerary builder.
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Hangzhou's picturesque West Lake area boasts the largest number of accommodation options, especially luxurious, five-star hotels with scenic vistas. You can find mid-range lodgings all around town, as well as a number of budget-friendly inns and dorm-style hostels. As a widely popular holiday destination, Hangzhou can fill up quickly and experience a sharp rise in room prices. If you plan to visit during the summer or on a weekend, it's advisable to book ahead.
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  • We have walked along the side from Bai Causeway via the museum and restaurant side for several times in the past and this time we tried our way on the other side of the island or say at the back of So...  more »
  • In middle of March, four of us came to Gu Shan, it was very nice and quite, we walk up to middle of Gu Shan and we took some photos, but it was tired and we came dawn, we liked it.  more »
  • Walked for 2 hours No scenery 3 hours No scenery Finally six hours Scenery Started to rain Cold Drenched  more »