Brief information on West Lake Scenic Area (Xi Hu)  

The famous West Lake covers an area of 5.6 km²and seems just like a beautiful mirror, with its gentle, shimmering ripples on the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of Hangzhou Bay. The enchanting sight of West Lake is so famous that it attracts numerous domestic and foreign visitors in a contant year-round stream.  

Surrounded by hills on three sides and by the downtown area on one side, the lake is divided into five parts by the Su and Bai causeways. The “Ten West Lake views” add more beauty still to West Lake. The ten views are:  Spring dawn on the Su Causeway, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake, Melting Snow on the Broken Bridge, Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willows, Viewing Fish at flower harbor, Sunset Glow over Leifeng Pagoda, Twin peaks piercing Clouds, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill and Three Pools Mirroring the Moon.

In the words of a popular adage, “Just as Paradise is in Heaven, so Suzhou and Hangzhou are on Earth.  West Lake is dotted with green trees and many colourful flowers-among them lotus, chrysanthemum and orchid. There are many other culture relics and archaeological sites around West Lake, for example, the famous Grand Canal.

Due to its deserved reputation as perhaps the most beautiful lake in China, West Lake has, through the ages, attracted innumerable poets, writers and artists who travelled to glean inspiration from this shimmering, watery muse.

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Hours:The whole day
Address: No.18, Yanggong di, West Lake District
Transportation: Buses: 4, 20; Tourist Buses: 1, 2

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