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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. Add West Lake (Xi Hu) and other attractions to your Hangzhou trip itinerary using our Hangzhou trip builder site .
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  • The ten views of the West Lake include four seasons scenery, this winter visit, the warm winter sun and the Rain Fog magic emanation 氳, fully feel the West Lake concentrated on the two appropriate unique charm.
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  • This HUGE lake was one of the first locations I've ever gone to in China. To this day, I think it still is my favorite nature-related place in this ginormous country. I'm sure that I was only able to ...  more »
  • I rented a small boat and have local people handled the boat, the handler introduced all the sights we passed through, it was a wonderful boat ride and great experience 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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