As the top attraction in Hangzhou, West Lake (Xihu Lake) is the beautiful lake full of satisfying landscape of water, mountain, plantations, etc. and elegant traditional pavilions, pagodas, temples, gardens, bridges, etc. for the ancient poetic Chinese charm savory. You can walk, bike, take a cruise, ride a sightseeing car, etc. to discover all its beauty. To help you know the where West Lake is, how to get there, what to see there, where to take the boat, etc., here we collect some useful West Lake Maps 2021 for your easiest planning of a Hangzhou trip with West Lake in 2021/2022!
West Lake is located in the downtown of Hangzhou, which is about 27 kilometers from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (1 hour by car), 6.5 kilometers from Hangzhou East Railway Station (0.5 hour by car) and 2.3 kilometers from Hangzhou Railway Station (15 minutes by car). You can get there by private car, local taxi, Hangzhou Metro Line 1 & 2, public bus, etc.
Recommended West Lake Tour Packages:
West Lake Location Map
Hangzhou West Lake listed as UNESCO World Heritage boasts abundant natural, cultural and historical sites to admire. Ten sceneries of West Lake in this large lake park scenic area are most popular for locals and travelers, including Dawn at the Su Causeway in Spring, Lotus Swaying in the Breeze, Moon over the Peaceful Lake in Autumn, Lingering Snow over the Broken Bridge in Winter, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, Evening Bell Ringing at the Nanping Hill and Two Peaks Piercing the Clouds. Check the location of each scenery to plan your itinerary and route to visit West Lake.
Hangzhou West Lake Attractions Map
Taking a boat is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the picturesque West Lake, which lets you to see those sightseeings from different angle and also with leisure. Besides, taking a boat, you can visit the Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon and also take a shore excursion to “Xiao Ying Zhou” that is the largest islet in West Lake. Check the location of each cruise pier.
Check more about West Lake Cruise
Recommended West Lake Tour Packages:
Hangzhou West Lake Boat Tourist Map
Besides the ten sceneries of West Lake and the fun cruise, there are many other beautiful sites to see and go. Check the detailed West Lake Tourist Map to know more about the sites, road and nearby facilities.West Lake Tourist Map
Things to Do in Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing tea Plantation, Hefang Street, Xixi National Wetland Park, China National Tea Museum, China National Silk Museum…
How to Get to Hangzhou: International flights from Singapore (5 hrs.), Seoul (6.5 hrs.), etc., domestic flights from Guangzhou (2 hrs.), Beijing (2 hrs.), etc., or high speed trains from Shanghai (1~2 hrs.), Suzhou (1.5~3 hrs.), Huangshan (1.5~2 hrs.), etc.
Best Time to Visit Hangzhou: all year around
Usually, visitors spend 2 days around to enjoy a classic Hangzhou tour to visit the West Lake Scenic Area, including the amazing West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Plantations, etc. If you want an in-depth Hangzhou tour, you can also pay another half day or so to visit Xixi National Wetland Park, one day around to Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, or one day or so to Thousand Islands Lake, etc. Check all Hangzhou Tours >>
Also, you can spend 1 day to take a side trip to the nearby water towns like Wuzhen and Xitang in Jiaxing, 2~3 days to Putuoshan - one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China, or 1 day to the popular Nanxun Old Town in Huzhou. Check more about Zhejiang Tours >>
Besides, compared with just travelling Hangzhou, most of the visitors prefer to travel the metropolis Shanghai, Suzhou Gardens and Hangzhou Lakes in One Go! Such an amazing tour will take 5~6 days.
Some visitors also ride a high speed train to Huangshan to visit the world-famous Yellow Mountain. A Hangzhou Huangshan tour needs about 5 days around.
Have your preferences? Please feel free to tell us your likes and let our professional travel consultants customize a personal tour for you!
Since 2012, we China Discovery have helped numerous customers to visit Hangzhou and surroundings. With our fully-inclusive private tour packages, all of our customers enjoyed their trips to the West Lake, Lingyin Temple, etc. Some of them kindly shared their precious photos and stories about their Hangzhou journey, just get inspired now.
"Impression Show is a must see when visiting Hangzhou…" - shared by Nguyen (Read her entire travel story: The Pursuit of Natural Beauty with the Beloved one - 14 Days Beautiful China Exploring Tour)
"This last night in Hangzhou led us to explore a different side of West Lake, vastly changing our erstwhile bland impression of the famed tourist site…" - shared by CS from Singapore (Read her entire travel story: Delightful Journey to Poetic Jiangnan Area)
Besides the wonderful travel stories, many customers who visited Hangzhou with China Discovery also send us their first-hand feedbacks about their trip, feel free to read the Hangzhou Reviews and learn what they say about their experience. If you want to start your Hangzhou tour now, don't hesitate to contact us.
Top 3 tours chosen by most customers to explore in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Beijing / Xian / Shanghai
Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Yangshuo / Yangtze Cruise / Shanghai
Shanghai / Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing
Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once enquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.Customize a Trip
[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >