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West Lake (Xi Hu), Hangzhou

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Must see · Scenic 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. Add West Lake (Xi Hu) and other attractions to your Hangzhou trip itinerary using our Hangzhou trip builder site.
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  • The area is quite built up now with many shops and boats going across the lake. It will take a good hour to hour and a half to walk one of the causeways and it costs 70 RMB to take the boat to the...  more »
  • Took a dragon boat out on the island. If you go to Hangzhou you must do this. The island is steeped in history and mystery and the scenery is absolutely fantastic. Fortunately many of the plaques...  more »

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