The West Lake is by far the most famous lake in Hangzhou and its glorious history, in-depth culture and spectacular scenery has captured, since ancient times, the hearts of millions but even though the West Lake is the most renowned there are also a number of other glistening masterpieces floating around.
Strategic Place – White Horse Lake
According to archaeological findings, as early as the Neolithic Period there were humans living in White Horse Lake area. During the end of the Spring and Autumn Period to Wu and Yue contending for hegemony, the White Horse Lake was one of the most important strategic places. In the area there are a considerable number of historical landmarks like the Palace of King of Yue State, Guling Port, Xiling Ferry and Guanshan Temple as well as modern cultural places like White Horse Ecological and Creative Town.
This lake is dominated by verdant hills, crystal-clear waters, mystical caves and peculiar-shaped rocks. The lake is broad and dotted with a thousand islets which are densely covered by trees resembling pieces of precious jade embedded in a mirror. Ways to tour the Thousand-islet Lake include taking a tourist boat to cruise the lake and hopping from one islet to the next, riding a bicycle in its great greenway or camping in its many campsites where the fun of rafting in its drinkable and cool waters will only leave you thirsty for more.
Opening Hours: Peak season (March 1 to Nov. 30) 08:00-17:00
Low season (Dec. 1 to Feb. 29) 08:40-16:30
Ticket: Peak season (March 1 to Nov. 30) 150 RMB
Low season (Dec. 1 to Feb. 29) 120 RMB
Address: Chun’an County, Zhejiang
No.1 Landscape of Lin’an – Qingshan Lake
Qingshan Lake is heralded as the number one Landscape of Lin’an. The lake is surrounded by mountains on all four sides and with an extremely good eco-environment the area inhabits over 240 wild animal species. On its northern waters there is a rare water forest where tree trunks are immersed in water. The water forest is characterized by its green bamboo forest and pine trees enveloped in mist, much like that of a wonderland.
Opening Hours: Peak season (Nov. to Feb.) 07:30-17:00
Low season (Feb. to Oct.) 08:00-16:30
Ticket: 270 RMB (including boat, water forest, adventure trip, Qingshan Lake Performance, Xijing Mountain)
Address: 5 km east of Lin’an City, Zhejiang
Explore the Past – Xianghu Lake
In the west side of Xiaoshan city, among the green hills, resides a lake called Xianghu where its green waters glisten like an emerald jewel. The beauty of Xianghu Lake lies in its close connection with the ancient Neolithic Culture – Kuahuqiao Culture which is even older than both the Hemudu and Liangzhu cultures. Here the ‘First Canoe in China’ and other historical relics dating back to 8,000 years ago have been unearthed.
Opening Hours: All day
Xianghu Lake Boat Operation Time: 09:00-16:30 (Daily), 18:30-20:30 (June 1 to Oct. 7, night tour)
Xianglu Lake Cruise: 60 RMB.
Xianghu Lake Water Performance: 20:00-20:20 (June 1 to Oct. 7, daily) 19:30-19:50 (Jan. to May and Oct. 8 to Dec. , every Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Address: No.112, Xianghu Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Qiandao Lake in summer has many to offer and to enjoy the coolness of water in the lake and mountain streams are must-have. We did a thorough research ahead of time and hereby have collected a complete water fun guide of Qiandao Lake for you! Read on to learn more...
In order to improve the high-speed railway connection system and promote the construction of scenic areas in the whole region, Qiandao Lake opened its direct tourist buses to rural scenic areas on July 1. That is to say, people who are at the Qiandao Lake High-Speed Railway Station can take these buses directly to such rural scenic areas as the Xiajiang Village Scenic Area, the Shilin Scenic Area and the Jiangjia Scenic Area. These three routes pass through Fengshuling Town, Lishang Township, Shilin Town, Jieshou Village and Jiangjia Town. It will be more convenient for tourists to reach these scenic areas.