Hangzhou’s West Lake is simply one of the most
beautiful sights in China. Covering an area of 6 sq km with a circumference
of 15km (9 miles) the sight of this lake has captivated visitors
for centuries. There are green hills on 3 sides of the lakes and
numerous pavilions and temples on its shores.
The best way to explore the lake is on foot, by
bicycle or by boat. The lake can be crossed on 1 of the 2 causeways
which traverse the lake. The Bai causeway (baiti) was named
after the Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi (772-8461) and the willow tree
lined Su causeway (suti) was named after Song dynasty poet
Su Dong (1037-1101) .
Attractions to visit around West Lake include Gushan (The Solitary Hill), which has a rich collection of, cultural relics and is possibly one of the best places for viewing the lake scenery. Huxin Ting (Mid Lake Pavilion) has attractive grounds and is only accessible by boat. Boats can be hired at West lake and there are also passenger ferries.