West Lake

Attractions Opening Hours Ticket Price
West Lake All day long Free of Charge
Leifeng Pagoda Mar. 16 – Apr.: 08:00 – 19:00
May – Oct.: 08:00 – 20:00
Nov. – Mar. 15: 08:00 – 17:30
Ticket selling stops half an hour before closing.
CNY 40;
Free for children less than 1.2 meters.
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon 8:00- 17:00 CNY 55 (including the boat ticket)

West Lake, situated in the southwest of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, is renowned as a world-famous tourist destination and often hailed as the “paradise on earth.” Its breathtaking combination of picturesque lakes, lush mountains, and numerous attractions has captivated visitors from around the globe.

Designated as one of China’s first batch of key national 5A-level scenic spots, West Lake holds a prominent position among the country’s top attractions. Its rich historical heritage and unique southern charm have earned it a coveted place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the sole Chinese lake to achieve such distinction.

The Santanyinyue landscape, featured on the back of the 1 yuan banknote, serves as a testament to West Lake’s esteemed status among China’s scenic wonders.

Legend has it that West Lake was once a celestial gem that descended from the heavens, while others argue it is merely a lagoon nestled on the outskirts of Hangzhou. Regardless of its origins, West Lake has long been an inspiration for artists and poets alike, drawing admiration for its stunning scenery, cultural significance, and abundance of native products.

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