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West Lake (Xi Hu), Hangzhou

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
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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  • This Lake is a reflection of the Chinese culture since the Song dynasty, which established his capital at Hangzhou. Very beautiful walks to the edge of the Lake and along the pier to the Northwest. This Lake emanate a lot of Chinese literature, legends, history. You can if you avoid crowds, find your moment of tranquility and privacy. Unfortunately, this beautiful and romantic place can be spared for twenty years by the phenomenal growth of China and the new hordes of Chinese tourists every year since. Avoid the high season (holidays, Chinese new year and week of public holidays of the Chinese national day on October 1). The summer is very hot and humid (max: 42 C), Hangzhou is one of the 5 "furnaces" of China.
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  • Beautiful day by the lake. We spent a couple of hours walking, taking pictures and also hired a boat for 40 Rmb for up to 4 people for an hour to go around the lake. It didn't feel dirty, and the ride...  more »
  • To not get a tour of the West Lake in Hangzhou is not available! But this 陣 Weather right on too hot the day anti-曬 to the required equipment to complete standard equipment, even night games to having time BU filled with water. Looking forward to the next time a taste of Suai di Chun Shek Kip Mei Street!
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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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