West Lake Scenic Area
With bordering hills on three sides and neighboring downtown Hangzhou on one side, West Lake forms the centerpiece of not only West Lake Scenic Area, but also Hangzhou.
With a potpourri of islands, pavilions, villas, courtyards, boulevards, arched bridges, hills, parks, museums, shopping streets, boutique restaurants, monasteries, lagoons and tea plantations, West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench your thirst for the most authentic and amazing Chinese culture. To scratch the surface of West Lake Scenic Area, you can start from Top Ten Scenes and New Top Ten Scenes, which are fine examples combining sublime natural beauty and rich cultural connotations.
Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow
New Top Ten Scenes of West Lake
West Lake’s east bank features fewest attractions. If you have time, Phoenix Mosque(凤凰寺), Confucian Temple and Hangzhou Steles(孔庙杭州碑林) and Water City Gate Park(水城门公园) are places worthy of half a day’s exploration.
Things to Do
After drinking in so much iconic sights, it is time to relax and have fun.