West Lake

Address: West Lake, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

West Lake was named in this way because it is located in the west of Hangzhou. As early as in the Tang dynasty, Bai Juyi mentioned “West Lake” in his poems. In the Northern Song dynasty, when Su Shi was the governor of Hangzhou, he referred to “West Lake” for the first time in official documents.

Scholars and literati in the Southern Song dynasty concluded ten beautiful landscapes in West Lake, known as “the Ten Scenes of West Lake”. To immerse yourself into the beauty of the ten scenes, you have to enjoy them respectively according to specific seasons, time and angles. For instance, enjoying “The Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake” from the boat in an autumn night; “Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge” appearing indistinctly on the surface of the lake in winter; “Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow” when the sun sets; listening to the echoes of the “Evening Bell at Nanping Hill” when night falls. To view all ten scenes, therefore, you definitely have to visit West Lake more than once.

Apart from Su Causeway, Leifeng Pagoda and Broken Bridge of the ten scenes, West Lake has many ancient buildings, temples as well as famous hills and waters. For example, Lingyin Temple, Bai Causeway, Yue Fei Temple and Solitary Hill are must-visit spots.