Xixi National Wetland Park

With strikingly beautiful scenery, the royal family of the Southern Song Dynasty nearly chose this particular area to build their imperial residences. Known these days as the “lungs of Hangzhou,” Xixi National Wetland Park is only 5 km away from West Lake. It's the only National Wetland Park in China to possess urban wetlands, agricultural wetlands, and cultural wetlands. The area is also inhabited by over 100 species of freshwater fish, and almost 200 species of birds.