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Eastern China Sights

West Lake (Xīhú)

  • Along Nanshan Lu Map It
  • Hangzhou
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Updated 05/28/2013

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With arched bridges stretching over the water, West Lake is the heart of Hangzhou. Originally a bay, the whole area was built up gradually throughout the years, a combination of natural changes and human shaping of the land. The shores are idyllic and imminently photographable, enhanced by meandering paths, artificial islands, and countless pavilions with upturned roofs. Two pedestrian causeways cross the lake: Bai in the north and Su in the west. They are

named for two poet–governors from different eras who invested in landscaping and developing the lake. Ideal for strolling or biking, both walkways are lined with willow and peach trees, crossed by bridges, and dotted with benches where you can pause to admire the views.

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Along Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou, 310002, China

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