West Lake

 

West Lake is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, in eastern China.

There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout China’s history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers.

The “West Lake Scenic Area” itself is very large, and contains many smaller sites. Historically, the area has been considered to have 10 Scenes of the West Lake and 10 New Scenes.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Sanli New Century Grand Hotel Zhejiang

Expect spacious rooms with free in-room wired and wireless internet access at the 5-star Zhejiang Sanli New Century Grand Hotel, which is only a 2-minute walk from Sanli Times Square. Average score from 40 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$85 - $127

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Hangzhou Dahua Hotel

Located right next to West Lake, the 4-star Dahua Hotel features comfy accommodation with free Wi-Fi. It offers a business centre, a garden, convenient guest services and 3 on-site restaurants. Dahua Hotel is 500 metres from Jiefang Road. Average score from 65 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$130

 
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Banyan Art House

Surrounded by woods and greens, Art Nest offers quiet and cosy accommodation with mountain views in Hangzhou. It features a private garden and a tastefully-decorated shared lounge. Art show or salons are held in public areas occasionally. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$46

 
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Luck Boutique Hotel

Only a 10-minute drive from Xixi National Wetland Park, Luck Hotel features accommodation with free Wi-Fi and lovely décor. It offers a library, a spa centre and a business centre with meeting facilities. Free public parking is possible. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$65

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Spring Flower Hostel & Cafe

Only a 15-minute walk from the scenic Xihu Lake, Hangzhou Spring Flower Hostel features traditional Chinese-style architecture. It offers affordable rooms with free Wi-Fi. On-site parking is free. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 6.6/10.

$6 - $32

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Ger House

Ger House

Located in Tianzhu Village of Lingyin Scenic Spot, Ger House features rural atmosphere and traditional Chinese-style guestrooms. It offers a private garden, a lovely terrace and an array of activities including cycling and hiking. Average score from 76 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$58

 
$588.9
The Alley Inn

The Alley Inn

The Alley Inn can only accept Mainland Chinese Citizens. Located 2.1 km from Hangzhou Railway Station, the property offers modern, spacious accommodation with free wired internet. The inn has a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage facilities. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$66 - $187

 
$668.7
May's Resort

May's Resort

Located in a valley next to North Peak, May's Resort is nestled in natural surroundings. The resort offers free Wi-Fi in the business centre. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$61

$618.6
Citadines Intime City Hangzhou

Citadines Intime City Hangzhou

Located in the core area of Hangzhou, Citadines Intime City Hangzhou is part of Intime City, a mixed development zone with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. It offers a fitness centre, a business centre and a restaurant. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$68

 
$688.4
Zen Life Boutique Inn

Zen Life Boutique Inn

Zen Life Boutique Inn offers accommodation in Hangzhou. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. West Lake is 3. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$68

$688.3
Luck Boutique Hotel

Luck Boutique Hotel

Only a 10-minute drive from Xixi National Wetland Park, Luck Hotel features accommodation with free Wi-Fi and lovely décor. It offers a library, a spa centre and a business centre with meeting facilities. Free public parking is possible. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$65

$657.8
Jade Emperor Hotel

Jade Emperor Hotel

A 5-minute walk from Yuhuangfeiyun, Jade Emperor Hotel is located in Hangzhou. This non-smoking hotel offers 2 dining options and rooms with a flat-screen cable TV. Free WiFi and parking are provided. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$74 - $157

$747.8
Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center

Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center

Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Centre is located 2.5 km from the West Lake. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa. Its spacious and modern rooms are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 279 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$62 - $165

 
$627.7
Haihua Hotel Hangzhou

Haihua Hotel Hangzhou

Haihua Hotel Hangzhou is situated in the commercial centre. It offers an indoor pool, gym and 3 dining options. Free WiFi and free parking are provided. Hotel Haihua is a 15-minute drive from National Silk Museum and 6 km from Lingyin Temple. Average score from 396 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$63 - $121

 
$637.6
Holiday Inn Hangzhou CBD

Holiday Inn Hangzhou CBD

Located in Qianjiang New Town, the 4-star Holiday Inn features comfy accommodation with well-equipped modern facilities and chic décor, managed by Intercontinental Hotels Group. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$71

 
$717.6
Holiday Wuyang Hotel

Holiday Wuyang Hotel

Only a 2-minute walk from West Lake, Holiday Wuyang Hotel features modern accommodation with free Wi-Fi. It offers a sun terrace, an on-site restaurant and outdoor activities. Average score from 184 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$75

 
$757.6
Hangzhou Gogo Apartment Haiyun

Hangzhou Gogo Apartment Haiyun

Located a 15-minute drive from West Lake, Hangzhou Gogo Apartment Haiyun is a self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi access in rooms. It features a free fitness centre on site. River views can be enjoyed in all apartments. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$53

$537.5
Landison Plaza Hotel Hangzhou

Landison Plaza Hotel Hangzhou

Landison Plaza Hotel Hangzhou is a stroll from West Lake and 200 metres from Hangzhou Theatre. It offers free internet in the entire hotel, an indoor pool and 6 dining options. Average score from 40 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$76 - $272

$767.4
Hangzhou Ling Tao Ge Hotel

Hangzhou Ling Tao Ge Hotel

Only a 5-minute walk from Qiantang River, Hangzhou Ling Tao Ge Hotel offers an indoor pool and a fitness centre. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$64

$647.3
Hangzhou Hotel

Hangzhou Hotel

Hangzhou Hotel is located just beside Wulin Square, the city centre of Hangzhou City. The 32-storey building boasts a gym, beauty salon, business centre, 2 dining options and accommodation with free internet access. Average score from 91 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$66 - $94

 
$667.3
Hangzhou Westlake Golden Plaza Hotel

Hangzhou Westlake Golden Plaza Hotel

A 5-minute drive from Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou Westlake Golden Plaza Hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with free internet. A sauna, games room and free bicycle rentals are available. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$72 - $94

 
$727.3
Xin Yan An Hotel

Xin Yan An Hotel

Only a 10-minute walk from West Lake, Xin Yan An Hotel features accommodation with free Wi-Fi and wired internet access. It offers a tour desk and meeting facilities for both leisure tourists and business travellers. Average score from 22 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$52

$527.1

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Temples
A short list of the many temples in the area include:

Baopu Taoist Temple-- The only Taoist temple in this part of China.

Confucius Temple— is a mixture of Confucius Memorial and Stele Forest.

Jingci Temple—built in 954, the Jingci Temple has a huge 10-ton bell inside.

Lingyin Temple -- This is one of the 3 oldest and most famous temples in China.

Three Temples of Tianzhu Hill— consists of Fajing Temple, Faxi Temple and Fajing Temple. Located on Tianzhu Hill, Three Temples are quite close to Lingyin Temple.
Combination
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
West Lake is not only an extraordinary garden in its own right (on a mammoth scale), it is historically important for influence on garden design in the rest of China, as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries. It represents the classic ideal of a garden as fusion between humans and nature".

Rather than make a checklist and walking back and forth looking for them, simply spend a clear day wandering the circumference of the lake and the causeways, take a ferry to the islands, and you will probably cover most of the sites anyway.
Natural
Scenic Waterways
West Lake combines scenic beauty with cultural features in a unique natural landscape.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Natural
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking
Biking

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