Chinese Name: 西湖 Pronunciation: Xī Hú
Suggested Visiting Hours: 1-2 Hours
Address: No.1 Longjing Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
Occupied Area: The total area of the scenic area is 49 square kilometers（18.92 square miles）,and the lake area is 6.38 square kilometers（2.46 square miles）
|Pleasure Boat in West Lake||【Adult ticket】Luxury||70 yuan|
|【Adult ticket】Normal||55 yuan|
|【Children ticket】Luxury||35 yuan|
|【Children ticket】Leisure||27.5 yuan|
|Scenic spots around||【Adult】Feilai Peak(Lingyin Temple tickets are not included)||45 yuan(Half price for children /the elderly)|
|【Adult】Leifeng Pagoda||40 yuan|
|【Adult】Yuewang Temple||25 yuan(Half price for children /the elderly)|
|【Adult】Six Harmonies Pagoda||20 yuan(Climbing ticket 10 yuan, half price for children /the elderly)|
|Six Harmonies Pagoda||07:00-17:30|
When it comes to Hangzhou, the first thing to mention is the West Lake. West Lake is located at No.1 Longjing Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It is a national 5A tourist attraction. In 2011, "Hangzhou West Lake Cultural Landscape" was officially listed in the world heritage list. The West Lake ranks first among all the scenic spots in Hangzhou.
As early as the Tang and Song Dynasties, many talented scholars and poets had showed their preference to the West Lake. The most famous poem is " I would like to compare West Lake to Xi Shi( the ancient beauty), Charming she looks whether richly made up or only slightly so.” It means that no matter from any angle, no matter what the weather is, the West Lake can always show its unique temperament and charm.
It is a national 5A tourist attraction. In 2011, "Hangzhou West Lake Cultural Landscape" was officially listed in the world heritage list. The West Lake ranks first among all the scenic spots in Hangzhou .The scholar Xu Xian saved the little white snake from the monk Fahai, and the little white snake reincarnated as a woman, which is what we call the white lady. She came to repay her kindness and married Xu Xian. However, Fahai avenged himself and made troubles everywhere.
Fahai put Xu Xian under house arrest in Jinshan Temple. In order to save Xu Xian, white snake did not hesitate to make the water overflow Jinshan Temple. In the name of eliminating demons, Fahai openly suppressed the white snake under the Leifeng Pagoda of West Lake. After many years, Xu Shilin, the son of the White Snake and Xu Xian, became the number one scholar. He reported it to the God and moved the heaven and earth. Then the White Snake was released. Finally, they were promoted to heaven and became immortals with complete merits and virtues.
Lingyin Temple is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in China and one of the top ten ancient temples in China. Feilai Peak, also known as Lingjiu Peak, faces the slope of Lingyin Temple. It is 168 meters high. When you visit Feilai Peak, you will see that there are no stones, no trees, no ancient trees, no caves, no secluded scenery. Its landscape is quite different from the surrounding peaks. Wandering in the remote and deep Buddhist atmosphere of Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak, you can explore and enjoy the charm of Buddhist art, and truly feel the rich historical and cultural charm contained in the landscape of the West Lake.
Leifeng Pagoda, also known as Imperial Concubine Pagoda and Xiguan Brick Pagoda, is located on the Leifeng of Xizhao mountain on the South Bank of West Lake scenic area. The old Leifeng Tower collapsed in 1924 and was rebuilt. The new tower is 71.679 meters high. Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow is one of the ten sceneries of the West Lake. It is one of the important scenic spots in the West Lake.
The Broken Bridge is located at the water diversion point between Beili lake and Wai West Lake in Hangzhou. One end of the bridge crosses Beishan Road and the other end connects with Baidi.
Melting snow on the Broken bridge is a famous scenery on the West Lake, which is famous for the bridge deck looming on the lake surface during the winter snow. It belongs to one of the ten sceneries of the West Lake. Broken bridge is a good place to enjoy the snow scenery of the West Lake. The famous Chinese folk legend "The Legend of the White Snake" adds romantic color to the scenery of the Broken Bridge.
Hangzhou Yuewang Temple is located in the northwest corner of the West Lake. The whole base is a group of large-scale buildings, covering an area of 15700 square meters and a construction area of nearly 3000 square meters. It is mainly composed of tomb area and temple area.
The Six Harmonies Pagoda, which takes the meaning of "Six Harmonies" in Buddhism, is named Liuhe tower. It is also called Six Direction Tower, which means "heaven and earth everywhere". It is located at No.16, Zhijiang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Six Harmonies Pagoda covers an area of 890 square meters, with a height of 59.89 meters. There are 104 iron bells hanging on the eaves of each floor outside the tower.
Su Causeway is a tree lined avenue running through the scenic area of the south and north of the West Lake. The poet Su Shi dredged the West Lake and constructed the Su Causeway with the dredged silt in the fourth year of Yuanyou of Northern Song Dynasty (AD 1089). In order to commemorate Su Shi’s achievements in harnessing the West Lake, Hangzhou people named it Su Causeway.
Impression West Lake is a live outdoor evening performance, with lights, music, and dancing on its West Lake stage. It tells a beautiful love story in five acts: "First Encounter", "Falling in Love", "Saying Goodbye", "Memories", and "Impressions". The show is performed from March to December.
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is one of the ten scenic spots of the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and is known as "the first scenic spot of the West Lake". “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” is the largest island in the West Lake, with beautiful and quiet scenery, especially the landscape of moon printing in lake is famous at home and abroad. On the back of the RMB one yuan note, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is used. It can be seen that Three Pools Mirroring the Moon also plays an extremely important role in China's scenic spots.
Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond is a scenic spot characterized by flowers, harbor and fish. As one of the ten sceneries of the West Lake, it is located in the west side of South section of Su Causeway. After the completion of the second phase expansion project in 1964, it covers an area of 20 hectares. The main attraction is flowers, so spring is the best viewing season. " Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond" is a stele written by Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty in China. The artistic layout of this landscape makes full use of the original natural terrain conditions. The scenic spot is clearly divided with distinct themes and characteristics.
Orioles Singing in the Willows is the fifth of the ten sceneries of the West Lake. It is a large park located at Qingbo gate on the southeast bank of the West Lake. There are four scenic spots: Friendship, Orioles Singing, Scenery Aggregation and Southern Garden. The willow bushes set off the famous exotic flowers of phoebe, cedar, Magnolia grandiflora and plum blossom. It's a beautiful place to enjoy all kinds of features of the West Lake. It's very pleasant to have a wide view and fresh air.
Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds is the eighth of the ten sceneries of the West Lake. A branch of the majestic Tianmu Mountain meets the West Lake and divides it into South Mountain and North Mountain, forming an encircling scenic spot. The top of the two mountains is the south peak and the north peak. On a fine spring and autumn day, the haze is green and the fog is white, and the spire is sometimes looming. From the perspective of the West Lake boat, the landscape is unique.
Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill, the ninth of the ten sceneries of the West Lake, is the bell of Jingci temple in Nanping Hill in the evening. Nanping Hill is located on the South Bank of West Lake in Hangzhou, north of Yuhuang mountain, and east of Jiuyao mountain. The main peak is 100 meters high, the forest is lush, the stone wall is like a screen, at the foot of the mountain is Jingci temple, the bell sounds clear and melodious in the evening.
Walk through the Broken Bridge →Yuewang Temple →Three Pools Mirroring the Moon →Su Causeway →Leifeng Pagoda.
The West Lake is a place that shows different images in different seasons, and in each season the lake has its own unique features. In spring, a steady fall of drizzling rain reflects the real and illusory beauty of the West Lake and its unique posture. In summer, willows caress the surface of the lake, and cicadas chirp in your ears. In autumn, you can see bright moon in the sky. In winter, melting snow on broken bridge are reflected into your eyes, fascinating landscape is in front of you.
However, visitors had better try to avoid summer vacation, because there will be many people and the weather is hot, and the experience of visiting may not be as good as other seasons.
1. Take bus No.318, get on the bus at Wulin Square Station, and get off at the affiliated middle school station of Zhejiang University. The whole journey is about 3.9 kilometers, with four stops in total. It takes 20 minutes and costs 3 yuan.
2. Take bus No.318, get on the bus at Wulin Square South Station and get off at the affiliated middle school station of Zhejiang University. The whole journey is about 4.04 km, with four stops. It takes 30 minutes and costs 2 yuan.
3. Take bus No.21, get on the bus at Hutangqiao station and get off at the attached middle school station of Zhejiang University. The whole journey is about 4.4 km, with a total of 7 stops. It takes 40 minutes and costs 2 yuan.
4. Starting from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, take the airport bus Wulin gate line to Pinghai road Weijing International Hotel station. Then transfer to bus No.27, get on from Yuewang Road, get off at children's palace station, and arrive at the West Lake scenic spot. There are four stops in total. The whole journey takes 2 hours. It costs 22 yuan and it takes about 440 meters to walk.
5. Take bus No.7, start from Hangzhou railway station, pass six stops, and get off at Youth Palace Station. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes and takes about 200 meters to walk. It costs 2 yuan.
Chinese: 请带我去西湖。English: Please take me to the West Lake.
If you start from the center of the city, it takes about 8 minutes (about 15 yuan) to take a taxi to the West Lake.
If you start from Xiaoshan International Airport, it takes about 53 minutes(about 120 yuan) to take a taxi to the West Lake.
If you start from Hangzhou Railway Station, it takes about 20 minutes(about 40 yuan) to take a taxi to the West Lake.
If you start from Hangzhou Railway Station, you can take Metro Line 1, and get off at Fengqi Road station, and exit from exit F. Then walk 1.2 kilometers to the West Lake. It takes 30 minutes and costs 2 yuan.