It is by no means an exaggeration to say that part of Hangzhou’s fame as “a heavenly city” derives from the West Lake and its unique landscape. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, West Lake has three islets gracing it, three causeways guarding it, two pagodas opposing it and two brilliantly, illuminated streets close to it.
More than a picturesque scenic spot West Lake is also a combination of Hangzhou’s culture and history. It has witnessed the romance of White Snake and Xuxian, the uprightness of General YueFei and the talent and beauty of Su Xiaoxiao and has won numerous praises from ancient emperors and poets. It is history that created West Lake and endowed it with indefinite charm and it is today that millions are drawn to its beauty, like that of a traditional Chinese painting.
Leisurely cruising West Lake enables you to enjoy, at different angles, a variety of its views and gliding past ancient Chinese monuments whilst getting a glimpse of a modern day Hangzhou is what can only be described as the sail of the century.
There are a wide range of boats for your selection:
Painted Boats Range: Outer West Lake including Yingzhou and Mid-lake Islet Where to board:No.5 Lakeside Park, No.2 Lakeside Park, Children's Palace Price: RMB55/person
Leisure Boats Range: Outer West Lake including Yingzhou and Mid-lake Islet Where to board: No.5 Lakeside Park, No.2 Lakeside Park, Children's Palace, Zhongshan Park, Hangzhou XinxinRestaurant, Huagang Park (Flower Pond), Temple to King Qians Price: RMB55/person
Self-drive Boats Range: West Inner Lake Where to board: Broken Bridge Price: RMB40 /hour for Four-seat boat; RMB50/hour for Six-seat boat
Self-rowing Boats Range: Outer Lake Where to board: No.6 Lakeside Park Price: RMB30 /hour with a deposit of RMB300
Rowing Boats Range: almost the whole West Lake Where to board: Around West Lake Price: RM150 /hour
Praised as “the kidneys of the Earth”, wetlands are both valuable natural resources and important ecosystems. Recently, the second list of Wetlands of Provincial Importance was announced and in total there are 48 among which three are in Hangzhou.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.