Hangzhou

After Shanghai, I caught a bus for a 5 hour trip to Hangzhou, which is famous for its West Lake. As the Lonely Planet puts it, "there are 36 lakes in China called West Lake, but this is the West Lake that all others are christened after."

Although it was still busy with tourists, it was still a very peaceful and relaxing place.

Xixi Wetland

My first stop in Hangzhou was actually not the West Lake, but the Xixi National Wetland Park in the north-west of the city. I arrived on the day of the Dragon Boat Festival and heard that this was where the dragon boat races were. Unfortunately, I got there too late to see the races, but I did get to see "the first and only national wetland park in China."

Xixi Wetland

Xixi village

I was surprised to find hotels and a small newly-built village containing shops and restaurants in the middle of the wetland park.

Xixi village

Tower

This tower gives you great views over the Xixi National Wetland Park. It is also a new construction.

Tower

West Lake

The lake is very large. It took a whole day to walk around its 15 km circumference.

West Lake

Pergola

The lake is very large with many scenic spots around it.

Pergola

West Lake

Although it is a long walk, there are many beautiful places to sit and relax.

West Lake

Broken Bridge

There are ten famous spots around the lake. This is called the Broken Bridge. In winter, the snow on it melts on the side facing the sun, causing the half snow-covered bridge to look like it is broken.

Broken Bridge

Gate

Gate

Bridge

Bridge

Causeway viewed from a bridge

Causeway viewed from a bridge

Pergola

Pergola

Pergola

Pergola

Pergola

Pergola

Tree over the lake

Tree over the lake

Pergola

Pergola

Dragon boat

Dragon boat

Carp pond

Carp pond

Carp

Carp

Well

Well

Boat

Boat

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Collection: China 2010

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