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“Stunning scenery only 90 minutes from Shanghai”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of West Lake (Xi Hu)

West Lake (Xi Hu)
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Ranked #1 of 382 things to do in Hangzhou
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Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Stunning scenery only 90 minutes from Shanghai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

This is what you think of when imagining Chinese scenery. Good long walks. Lots of people but well there's plenty of space to move about.

Visited June 2014
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“It's worth a day or two”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

There are so many attractions around this lake and various ways of enjoying them; by foot, rented bike, or by boat.
We rented a small private manned boat - for 5 people- which allowed us to cruise around the lake at our leisure and stop on an occasional island.
We were there for about 4 hours and still could have used an extra day-and-a-half to see more.
It's a very special place.

Visited June 2014
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“Absolutely Gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is a very beautiful part of Hangzhou! An absolute must if you are in the area. Take the boat across the water to the small island and explore the beauty of the lake. Also there is a water show in the evening. Plenty of restaurants and stores surrounding the area too!

Visited May 2014
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“Gorgeous, but...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

As with any China locations, the tourists around you will either enhance the experience or in most cases will ruin the experience. I've much more experience with the latter, but that's just part of the China "charm" - the hawking, the smoking, the spitting, the public urination, all good fun.

That aside, the lake is gorgeous. It's difficult to get to via a car since the outer limits are blocked off from traffic, unless you're some high official. I suggest putting in at least two hours to walk around the perimeter and look at the various ancient buildings/gardens. Then go to a local restaurant for Hangzhou food, which is on the sweet side of the Chinese food spectrum.

Visited January 2014
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“Good day or night (watch the free water fountain show)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

We were on a tour and had a boat ride on the lake which was very pleasant. There are also paths to walk around the lake. At night we watched the free water fountain show - lasted 15 minutes and is worth seeing. Hangzou is a lovely city with the lake being so nice.

Visited May 2014
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