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West Lake (Xi Hu), Hangzhou

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Follow in the steps of the poets and artists inspired by the beauty of West Lake (Xi Hu), a World Heritage Site surrounded by pagodas, temples, and gardens. Walk the network of paths around the lake or bring a picnic to enjoy on its banks. The lake featured as the setting of the ancient mythical love story "Legend of the White Snake," and is therefore a popular destination for couples. Check out the pond full of red carp dashing just beneath the surface. Use our Hangzhou itinerary builder to add West Lake (Xi Hu) and other attractions to your Hangzhou vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is phenomenal place for walking and enjoying nature. It maybe looks overcrowded but it is not because everything is huge.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Fantastic place to people watch. See the morning exercising, hoardes of people getting on boats. Go at either end of the day  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    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.  more »

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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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