West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou

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  • Address: Xihu District, Hangzhou310007, China
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Observatory, Scenic Drive, Family And Kids, Lake, Picnic Spot
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About West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou

Developed as a scenic area since the 9th century, this huge area has been the epitome of natural beauty in Hangzhou and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The largest part of this scenic area is known as the outer lake and the other components include the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake. Nestled in the backdrop of hilly peaks on three sides, west lake scenic area is more than just a Chinese garden.

Strangely shaped forests, verdant forests, dense foliage and beautiful blossoms offer a fantastic panorama to the visitors.

Attractions within the scenic area:

  • Island of little oceans
  • Three pools mirroring the moon
  • Solitary hill
  • Two peaks embracing the sky
  • Temple of Soul’s retreat (Lingyin temple)
  • Peak flown from afar (Fei Lai Feng)
  • Mausoleum of General Yue Fei
  • Six harmonies Pagoda
  • Wonder of the west lake- Running tiger spring (Hupao spring) and Longjing Tea
  • Leifeng Pagoda
  • Qiantang River Tide
  • Chenghuang Pavilion

West Lake Scenic Area Information

  • Boat rides are available.
  • Free tourism bus line is also available but has fixed timings.
  • To get to the lake, visitors can easily find bus routes at Hangzhou Railway Station, Huanglong Sports Center, Wulin Square or East Railway Station, and get off at Su Di, Ling Yin, Duan Qiao, Qu Yuan Feng He, Yue Miao, Shuang Feng, Long Jing Si, Yan'an Road, Hu Bin or Xihu Dadao Stations.  Available bus routes are 4/K4, 6/K6, 7/K7, 15/K15,16/K16,18/K18, 21/K21, 27/K27, 28/K28, 81/K81, K504, 527/K527, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6, Y7, Y8, Y9.

West Lake Scenic Area Ticket Prices

  • Different attractions in the scenic area have different ticket prices.
  • You can hire a battery car to get around the area costing CNY 40 per person.
  • The sightseeing bus costs CNY 5 per person.

West Lake Scenic Area Opening and Closing Hours

  • Different attractions in the scenic area have different timings.

How To reach West Lake Scenic Area by Public Transport

  • Tourism bus lines Y1, Y2, Y3

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Things to Know Before Visiting West Lake Scenic Area

  • 95% of people who visit Hangzhou include West Lake Scenic Area in their plan

  • 67.16% of people plan their visit to West Lake Scenic Area between 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see West Lake Scenic Area

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

81.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting West Lake Scenic Area

People normally club together Six Harmonies Pagoda and Lingyin Temple while planning their visit to West Lake Scenic Area.

People also prefer to start their day with West Lake Scenic Area.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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