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Secluded Sights for the Crowded National Day Holiday 2017-09-27
With China’s National Day Holiday fast approaching, many Chinese citizens are getting ready for their vacations, and as a popular tourist destination, Hangzhou is anticipating hoards of tourists. To escape these madding crowds and seek tranquility, the city is home to many secluded sights and some are only a stone’s throw from the famous West Lake.


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 Part One: There are tranquil places near the bustling West Lake 

Yanggong Causeway

Except for the bustling east side of the West Lake, the West Lake has some tranquil places which, even in national holidays, can bring peace to your heart and soul. Touring the West Lake, besides Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, Yanggong Causeway is also an ideal place to visit. There are six bridges on Yanggong Causeway.

Yanggong Causeway is 3.4 kilometers in length. It starts from Lingyin Road in the north and stretches to Hupao Road in the south, connecting famous sights such as the “Breeze-ruffled Lotus at Quyuan Garden”, Jinsha Harbor, Hangzhou Flower Nursery, Maojiabu, Turtle Pool, Yuhu Bay and “Viewing Fish at Flower Pond.” There are also 23 historical and cultural landscapes, including Zhaogong Causeway and Lanyuan Garden.

Guo’s Villa
Guo’s Villa is nestled at the side of Wolong Bridge near Yanggong Causeway. It is surrounded by water on four sides and is both elegant and old-fashioned. It is the villa with the most ancient charm around the West Lake.

Address: 28 Yanggong Causeway

Yuhu Bay
At the end of Yanggong Causeway, you will see many hidden gems such as Yuhu Bay, Turtle Pool. The lake surface of Yuhu Bay is open and the bank’s scenic area borders Yanggong Causeway on the east, Santaishan Road on the west, Turtle Bay on the north and Hupao Road on the south. It's a small and tranquil scenic area in the large and bustling West Lake. Although relatively small, it still features idyllic scenery with quaint buildings surrounded by water, forests and all sorts of flowers. The place is often deserted so here you really can be at one with nature.

Address: 29 Chishanbu, Santaishan Road (三台山路赤山埠29号)


 Part Two: There are other pagodas other than Leifeng Pagoda 

Leifeng Pagoda
If you want to rate the pagodas of West Lake, then Leifeng Pagoda will no doubt rank first. After all, the pagoda is the witness of the tragic love story of the Legend of the White Snake, which is a popular legend in China.

Baochu Pagoda
Baochu Pagoda stands on the Precious Stone Hill at the bank of the West Lake. It was originally constructed during the Five Dynasties (907-960) later undergoing many turns of being destroyed and rebuilt. The current pagoda was built in the republic period of China (1912-1949) and has seven storeys. Compared to Leifeng Pagoda’s solemnity, Baochu Pagoda is slim and elegant. With one positioned in the south and the other in the north, the two face each other across the West Lake, forming a delightful contrast.

Address: 15 Nanshan Road

Pagoda of Six Harmonies
Pagoda of Six Harmonies lies on Yuelun Hill overlooking the Qiantang River and is the place where Lu Zhishen from the Chinese classics, the Water Margin, became a monk and died. According to historical documents, the pagoda was built in 970 by Zhiyuan, the Monk to suppress the Qiantang River tidal bore. It is one of the best-preserved wood-and-brick pagodas in China.

Address: on the Precious Stone Hill

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