West Lake: the Soul of Hangzhou

Located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China, West Lake is a well-known lake in China with the longest history and biggest influence. It is the soul of Hangzhou.

West Lake is a city lake covering 6.39 square kilometers with a perimeter shore of around 15 kilometers. The pretty of the West Lake not only lies in the lake itself but also in the surrounded bridges, pavilions and dozens of matched hills. Though the height of these hills are all not exceeding 400 meters, they are graceful on account of unique peaks, bizarre rocks and elegant springs, all together enhance the lake’s appeal to compose a gorgeous picture with the West lake in the middle.

The best way to admire the beauty of the West Lake, I think, is to walk around the lake and you will find out it’s a place that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the modern city. The lake is surrounded by bike rental stations so you can choose to ride around the lake. And you can also take a short cruise on the lake.

The beauty of West Lake is not only can be appreciated in the Spring, but also in summer with blooming lotus, in autumn with clear moonlight, and in winter with snow and subtle fragrance of red plum.





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