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Hangzhou West Lake Boats

Taking a boat sailing on the picturesque West Lake is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the beautiful scenery with its islands, causeways, temples, pagodas and ornamental planting. You can either do it in the morning to enjoy the soft sunglow shinning on its water, quietly and mellowly; or rent a boat at dusk when the sun begins to fall down with the golden lights illuminating on the lake, shimmering and sparkling.

Different from appreciating scenery on the bank of West Lake, you’ll enjoy the heavenly lake view in another angle, closer and closer. It is not surprised that you’ll become a part of this traditional Chinese painting and a unique scene in the photos by a professional photographer. More excitingly, you can catch the rare chance to enjoy “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” and take shore excursion to “Xiao Ying Zhou”, the largest island in the West Lake.

Why not choosing the most enjoyable way to reach the inner heart of West Lake? Select your favorite boat types, routes and do now!

West Lake Boat Tourist Map

Hangzhou West Lake Boat Tourist Map


West Lake Frequently-used Boat Types & Routes

Type One: West Lake Pleasure Boat

Hangzhou West Lake Boat

It is the most popular boat chosen by numerous travelers. This kind of pleasure boat can not only takes you quietly sailing on the lake, but also takes you explore “Xiao Ying Zhou”. You can stay on the island as long as you like. After the visiting, you can take another “pleasure boat” to the pier you like.

- Piers to Board: pier at The First Park, pier at Children’s Palace, pier at Zhongshan Park, pier at Hangzhou Restaurant, pier at Yuefei Temple, pier at Huagang, pier at King Qian Temple (Qianwang Ci)

- Tickets: 55 Yuan /pp (Xiao Ying Zhou ticket included)

- Opening Hours: 08:00~16:00

- How to Get There: Buses Y9, 4 and 30 stop at the First Park; No. Y9, k7 and 27 stop at Children Palace; Y9, k7 and 850 stop at Zhongshan Park; Y9, K7 and 27 stop at Yuefei Temple; Y9, k7 and 27 stop at Hangzhou Restaurant; Y9, 4 and 504 stop at Huagang; Y9, 4 and 30 stop at Qianwang Ci.

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Type Two: Luxury Gaily-painted Pleasure Boat

Hangzhou West Lake Boat

This kind of boat is gaily-painted, decorated with traditional Chinese elements which is rich in poetic flavor. It may please both your eyes and heart When taking this luxury gaily-painted pleasure boat on West Lake. Like the common pleasure boat, this kind of boat also offers the chance to reach “Xiao Ying Zhou”.

- Piers to Board: pier at The Second Park, pier at the Fifth Park

- Tickets: 70 Yuan /pp (Xiao Ying Zhou ticket included)

- Opening Hours: 08:00~16:00

- How to Get There: Buses No. Y9, k7 and Y1 stop at the Second Park and the Fifth Park.


Type Three: Self-driving Boat

Hangzhou West Lake Boat

Want to do boating on the North Inside Park with beautiful flowers surrounded? The four-seat or six-seat boats offer you the chance to go with your family or friends leisurely sailing on the vast water. It is less crowded and less noisy, linking you and nature perfectly.

- Piers to Board: pier at Broken Bridge

- Tickets: 20 Yuan per half an hour for four-seat boat; 25 Yuan per half an hour for six-seat boat; (if time exceeds half an hour, it will pay according to 1 hour fare.)

- Opening Hours: 08:30~16:00

- How to Get There: Buses No. Y9, k7 and 27 stop at the Broken Bridge.


Type Four: Self-rowing Boat

Hangzhou West Lake Boat

A experienced boatman will lead your way on the self-rowing boat. You can sail anywhere you want, no matter you want to visit the islands or want to sail toward the central lake, discuss with your partner and tell your boatman. It is flexible, but challenge your courage.

- Piers to Board: pier at Bai Causeway, pier at “Autumn Moon over Calm Lake” and more

- Tickets: 150 Yuan per hour for one boat and 30 Yuan per person if no vacancy (it is limited for six passengers). If time exceeds one hour, it will pay according to 75 Yuan per half an hour.

- Opening Hours: flexible

- How to Get There: Buses No. Y9, k7 and 27 stop at the Broken Bridge.


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