West Lake, the must-visit attraction of Hangzhou

"A trip to Hangzhou city isn’t complete without visiting West Lake,” said Ms Bounleua Bounsong, a journalist from a Lao newspaper who visited the city last month under the Discover China 2018 programme.
“I heard from my friend, who visited this place last year, that it was beautiful and worth a visit. She told me to go there once in my life if I could, but I didn’t believe her until I saw this place for myself,” said Ms Bounleua, also known as Tay.

Lots of trees have been planted alongside West Lake, creating green surroundings and providing shade.

“I would like to thank the China Daily newspaper and the local government, which allowed me and 19 other media representatives from 13 countries to experience the beauty and traditions of this city for three days,” she added.
West Lake is located in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province. The city has several cultural and historical tourism sites, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in China.
The city has a rich cultural and historical heritage dating back more than 5,000 years.
West Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hangzhou, where almost all visitors stop to take a photo, relax, walk along the shoreline and around the park, or the outdoor activities on offer.
Lots of boats and gondolas are available to take visitors on a cruise during which they can enjoy beautiful views of the lake.
“If you have the chance to visit Hangzhou but don’t go to West Lake, it can be said you haven’t really visited the city,” said a local resident, who added that he usually spent his free time walking along the lake shore.
The boat ride is beautiful and highly recommended. Visitors should try to get on a boat where they can sit in the open or inside the cabin. There is much to see on the shoreline and visitors will have a great view either from inside the cabin or outside.
The lake was the first national key scenic spot selected by the State of Council and is a national AAAAA-rated tourist attraction.
In June 2011, it was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history because of its natural beauty and historical value.
Covering an area of 60 sq km, including 6.5 sq km of water, the West Lake complex has more than 100 distinctive attractions.
The freshwater lake is divided into five sections by three causeways, and there are numerous pagodas, gardens, temples and artificial islands within the area.
In recent years, more new scenic spots with unique features have been added, resulting in stunning views year round.
West Lake is very well-known and visitors can ask local residents or the receptionist at their hotel for directions.
Taxis are a good option to get to the lake as the fares are reasonable. The good service by taxi drivers in this city leaves a lasting impression on tourists.
Hangzhou is the capital of the eastern Zhejiang province and is one of the biggest cities in the Yangtze River delta.
The city has a population of 9.47 million people and now covers 1,600 sq km.
It boasts the Liangzhu Neolithic ruins, which represent Chinese civilisation and prehistoric rice agriculture between 3300 and 2300 BC. The city was the capital of the Song Dynasty (1127-1279).
Besides West Lake, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal - another UNESCO World Heritage Site - is also located in the city.
Hangzhou is also known for its innovation and dynamism. Since China’s reform and opening up, the city has developed rapidly and attracted a number of internationally renowned corporations such as Alibaba, Hikvision, NetEase, the Wanxiang Group and the beverage firm Wahaha Group.
It receives more than 160 million domestic and foreign tourists every year, including more than 3 million tourists from abroad.


By Souksamai Boulom
(Latest Update November 14, 2018)

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